Sonja Hornung – ‘Thick Space’

Thick Space uses mirror reflections to thicken space, creating a clunky, ‘honest’ illusion. At the heart of the illusion is the geranium, an indifferent, nameless and weedy anomaly.

Art Exhibition previously on at Bus Projects in Australia.
From Tuesday 29 March 2011 to Saturday 16 April 2011
Launch Tuesday 29 March 2011, 6pm-8pm

Sonja Hornung – ‘Thick Space’ image

Published by anonymous on Saturday 16 April 2011.
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Space is constantly present, yet as we are immersed in it we are generally equally unaware of it. So much of the space we negotiate is arranged into images and controlled by the interests of (often hidden) private or public bodies. This includes, but is not limited to, the virtual space of the internet, the physical space of the city, or the controlled interior spaces of shopping malls. Here space is produced through complex, impenetrable illusions that define our behaviour without us noticing it, telling us who owns what and who belongs where.

The common ‘geranium’ is an accidental growth – in fact, it isn’t even a geranium. It was wrongly categorized in the early 18th century by Carl Linnaeus, the Swedish botanist who invented the system of naming still used today to define living organisms. The plant we call ‘geranium’ grows awkwardly, in the most mundane and unlikely places; squeezed into cracks in walls, edging railway sidings, and crowding abandoned blocks of land. Both its presence and its placement ignores the designation of objects with names and spaces with functions.

Thick Space attempts to hold in balance a tension between thing and and its illusion. In the process, it becomes possible to piece together how illusion operates in space.