Jan Vorisek
Burst City
June 9th - August 12th 2017
Preview: Thursday 8th June, 6-10pm
Performance: 7.30pm

Jan Vorisek Burst City

Burst City is Jan Vorisek's second solo offering at TG, following his 2015 performance & installation Dreams & Buildings.

The performance space part resembles a construction site, derelict institution and disaster zone; gallery stud walls are toppled & abandoned exhibition furniture re-purposed to serve as staging and support structures to found materials and purpose-made objects. Vorisek, positioned at the centre of this ruin, manipulates a soundtrack borne from contact mics affixed to mushroom shaped metal objects. Feedback is modulated through chains of effects whilst sirens disorientate the viewer further. Spot lights positioned at floor level exagerate shadows and a programmable LED light-bulb suspended above is set to red. Water inside a welded steel trough part submerges metallic ephemera and sound frequencies materialise via spectral ripples across the liquid surface. A spray can of magicians dry-ice appears as a sarcastic reference to showmanship, reinforced via the cheap shiny fabrics, spiral and crescent shapes that adorn the situation.

1    Chosen from the dead by the Traveler´s Ghosts.
2    mental skyline by final meditation.
3    whirl melted ornament.
4    worshiping the purple saw fruit in the burst city at the end of dream.
5    Dislocated Itch.
6    hollow darkness latched onto high tension strings.
7    smokes screen.
8    whirl gates and washed melodies.
9    scrambled paradise stream.
10    pilfered and smuggled.
11    Flush.

The exhibition in the gallery takes a different tact. Stripped back and featuring a series of condensed works, it appears as an inverted version of the performance environment. The front space features 2 works; firstly a wall based work entitled Chosen from the dead by the Traveler’s Ghosts consisting of two wall based sculptures, crudely rendered in fabric strewn MDF panels with speakers attached to the reverse. A looped soundtrack of varying intensity plays throughout the day. The floor features a continuation of Vorisek’s ‘trip-wire’ pieces. mental skyline is a linear assemblage of chains, springs, hooks and beads all tuned under tension, a readymade composition performed by visitors that inadvertently stumble on the work when visiting the exhibition. In the rear space two latex cast works ((( & ))) repel each other across the gallery corner. On the floor is the large steel trough that featured in the performance - repurposed, Burst City Archived 2017 operates as time machine and historical container.

Performance photography by Reece Straw.

Burst City performance

Burst City performance

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mental skyline 2017 Wire, spring, string, chain Dimensions variable

mental skyline
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Wire, spring, string, chain
Dimensions variable

mental skyline (Detail) 2017 Wire, spring, string, chain Dimensions variable

mental skyline (Detail)
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((( 2017 Latex relief 21 x 21cm

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Latex relief
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))) 2017 Latex relief 21 x 21cm

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Latex relief
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Chosen from the dead by the Traveler’s Ghosts 2017 Stereo channel audio, mixed media Dimensions variable

Chosen from the dead by the Traveler’s Ghosts
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Stereo channel audio, mixed media
Dimensions variable

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Burst City archived 2017 2017 Welded steel tray with fabricated and found objects 50 x 1400 x 1900cm

Burst City archived 2017
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Welded steel tray with fabricated and found objects
50 x 1400 x 1900cm

This performance forms part of Object Performance, a series of commissions presented by TG & Primary, combining residency and exhibition formats, alongside new performances. TG's contribution to this programme also includes performances by Remko Scha's The Machines and Andrea Neumann & Anna Susanna Woof. Full programme with supporters is listed below: