IF CHAOS HAD A NAME | The Beautiful Formula Collective | The Invisible Line Gallery

“Schar”, mixed media on paper, 78 x 67 cm, Tehran, 2013. Daniel Geiger, Oleksiy Koval, Kuros Nekouian, Veronika Wenger. Photo © The Beautiful Formula Collective.

Private View

Thursday, Feb 26th

7 – 9 pm

The process of artistic creation, at least since modernism, has been one of individualism. The artist, and the artist alone, will suffer, sustain, survive and finally give birth to a work of art. If there is assistance, we don’t need to know. If there are muses, they will only inspire, and step back to let the artist shine at the end.

In our upcoming exhibition, If Chaos Had A Name, not only each piece is a collaboration between five artists, but the process of creation – that most difficult, private and solitary adventure, is exposed to the audience from the moment of inception to the very end.

The Beautiful Formula Collective, consisting of Daniel Geiger , Oleksiy Koval, Veronika Wenger and Kuros Nekouian , will be performing and exhibiting their artworks at The Invisible Line, supported by the Ministry of Culture of Munich. The artists will all conduct a workshop at the gallery on Saturday February 28th (see below for more details).

The performance is on Thursday, February 26th at 7 p.m., while the final pieces are on our walls until March 14th.

The collective’s daring upheaval of the hierarchical separations within artistic progression, and their meditation on collective creation, is much like the work of mythological gods in pursuit of beauty. The artists step out of their expected methods, delving into their momentary experience as they explore the outcome alongside their audience. “We want to find out the methods behind how a finalised work is incurred, as well as exploring artistic individuality as an activity that interweaves with forms of collective doing and conception. We want to face the process of painting and ask about the meaning of formulas and rules, which feed it and keep it in motion.”

This harmony of colours, forms and lines feels like a contemporary, improvised dance. And so, we witness rhythmical structures that generate and shape a determined movement in space and time. But these structures are not limiting – instead, they result in a pulsating, metrical spontaneity, each piece unique in creation and moving with a fluidity of verse. “Eventually an understanding emerges, if the onlooker leaves the position as an external observer and exposes him or herself to the participation in the process of art itself,” they say of the result. Beauty gives way to order; creativity lies in chaos.

Text and curation by Tara Aghdashloo

About The Beautiful Formula Collective

Born in Munich, Kuros Nekouain studied industrial design at the GHK Kassel, and has had experience in documentary filmmaking, zine editing, and live performance art. He currently lives and works in Munich and Tehran,  where he regularly exhibits solo and group shows with the Collective.

Oleksiy Koval was born in Ukraine, where he studied compositional painting and drawing at Lyudmila Senchilo. Many years of extensive study in the Fine Arts led him to work with Kuros on a project titled “Rhythm Section” in 2010, which explored the effects of rhythm in visual arts, before the duo formed The Collective.

Veronika Wegner studied at the Academy of Arts in Munich. Her solo works have been exhibited across Germany, Argentina, and Ukraine, before embarking on group exhibitions with the Collective in 2013.

Daniel Geiger’s fascination with handwriting and letters has matured into an unconventional style of refreshing, graffiti-style abstraction.

About the Workshop

The workshops are on Saturday February 28th. Participants can come to one of the two sessions from 12:00 – 15:30 or 16:00 to 19:30, with a half hour break in each. You are encouraged to bring your own materials and tools.

For press and media inquiries and to receive the catalogue contact Charlie at info@tilgallery.com

Kollier Din-Bangura | TIL Director

Tara Aghdashloo | TIL Art Director – Curator


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