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June 12 2012
SIR artist Germaine Kruip at Art Basel
A possibility of an abstraction: Circle Dance
In Germaine Kruip’s work the position of the spectator is often under scrutiny. The performance 'A possibility of an abstraction: Circle Dance' is performed by a Derwisj dancer, also known as Whirling Dervish, who traditionally spins round and round in an ecstatic ritual, in an effort to connect to a higher universe. Kruip strips the performance down to its most minimal essence, so the viewer will focus on the bare movement of the dancer, dressed in a plain black suit and white shirt. With this performance she investigates an idea that runs through her practice, the concept that a simple aesthetic repetitive intervention can change and affect its surroundings.
The performance is part of a new body of works titled ‘A possibility of an abstraction’ dealing with the abstract language attained by geometric forms in art. The formal language of simple geometric forms, such as circles or squares, has been repeated and projected upon throughout the course of art history, acquiring new and varying meanings over time. Kruip sees this repetition of a shape or a gesture as a ritualistic process.
Monday 11th June: 16:30 17:30 18:30
Tuesday 12th June: 12:00 16:00 18:00
Wednesday 13th June: 12:00 16:00 18:00
Thursday 14th June: 12:00 15:00 18:00
Friday 15th June: 12:00 15:00 18:00
Saturday 16th June: 12:00 15:00 18:00
Sunday 17th June: 12:00 15:00
In 2007, Germaine Kruip realised the temporary work Recordings for Sculpture International Rotterdam