x≅tortions — Société Réaliste
SIZ Gallery in Mali Salon
Korzo 24, 51000 Rijeka
exhibition opening 11th of September 2014. at 8pm
The exhibition is open until 26th of September 2014
Gallery working hours are from Tuesday until Sunday from 10am to 8pm.
SIZ Gallery is proud to present the first solo exhibition of the Parisian artist collective Société Réaliste in Rijeka.
Extortion is a criminal offense of forcing to act or think in a certain way by use of pressure, threats, or intimidation; distortion is the act of twisting one end of an object in one direction and the other end in the opposite direction.
For its first solo exhibition in Rijeka, Société Réaliste will present its work under the title x≅tortions, an umbrella metaphor implying both the forced appropriation of objects external to art, but as well a methodology, the tortion and distortion of rational objects to make them mean something else. To what extent is art praxis a coercion of the real? Inside the SIZ Gallery, the viewer will be confronted to a selection of recent works in which Société Réaliste extorts aesthetic weapons for ideological combat out of colors, puns, maps, typefaces, under the form of a series of graffitis and an all-encompassing installation.
Société Réaliste is a Parisian cooperative created by Ferenc Gróf and Jean-Baptiste Naudy in June 2004. It works with political design, experimental economy, territorial ergonomy and social engineering consulting. Polytechnic, it develops its production schemes through exhibitions, publications and conferences.
In 2014, Société Réaliste has presented its work as solo exhibition in London (“Mottopsy”, Tenderpixel) and Budapest (“‘amal al-ğam‘”, acb Gallery) and took part in various collective projects in Almaty, Belgrade, Bialystok, Bombay, Budapest, Chatou (FR), Foncquevillers (FR), Helsinki, Košice, New York, Nicosia, Norwich, Pécs, St-Ouen (FR), and Vienna.
On September 26th, 2014, Société Réaliste will launch and sign its new book, “The best American book of the 20th century”, published by Onomatopee (Eindhoven) and designed by ProjectProjects (New York), at the NY Art Book Fair, PS1, New York.