Amino Acids · Anders Brinch · Silas Inoue · John Knuth · curated by Marie Kirkegaard


Amino Acids, installation view, ACME Los Angeles, 2017





Future Friture - Hydra, sugar in friture oil, on concrete plinth, 90 x 70 x 100 cm. 2017





Future Friture - Hydra, detail, 2017





World Pop Drummer, real time world-population-counter, based on statistics from the UN and the Populations Reference Bureau. Animation and programing by Ben Wheele, programing by Magnus Moar. 2017




Amino Acids, installation view, ACME Los Angeles, 2017




Amino Acids, installation view, ACME Los Angeles, 2017




Amino Acids, installation view, ACME Los Angeles, 2017





Untitled, mold on wood hermetically sealed by acrylic glass, 140 x 69 x 6 cm. 2017





Untitled, mold on wood hermetically sealed by acrylic glass, 140 x 69 x 6 cm. 2017





Untitled, mold on wood hermetically sealed by acrylic glass, 140 x 69 x 6 cm. 2017





Untitled, mold on wood hermetically sealed by acrylic glass, 140 x 69 x 6 cm. 2017




Amino Acids
(excerpt from press release)

Silas Inoue´s (Danish, b. 1981) works evolves around themes such as time and distribution of life. In this exhibition, he will present works infected by different types of mold. By establishing ideal living conditions for the fungus, he explores the painterly properties of molds and gives artistic authorship to the unpredictability of these highly invasive organisms. The works are hermetically sealed in transparent acrylic frames, which partly provide the opportunity to observe the organisms safe from the hazardous spores of the mold, and serve as the framework of a kind of living paintings to be mounted on the wall. Inoue´s internet-based video work "World Pop Drummer" draws a dark, yet humoristic parallel to the invasive properties of mold. In the work, a demonic creature is drumming in an offbeat rhythm, the rhythm is actually based on statistics from the UN and the Population Reference Bureau of the increasing world population, calculated by deducting the birthrate from the significantly lower death rate - meaning that every drum hit represents an additional human life on the planet. In "World Pop Drummer", Silas Inoue has collaborated with animator Ben Wheele and programmer Magnus Moar. In another work titled "Hydra", a sculpture made of sugar is rising from a pool of cooking oil. The sculpture depicts a Hydra organism; in nature, the Hydra has the special ability of being able to fully regenerate itself, making it one of the few living beings which is actually immortal. Inoue's works for the show touches upon the vast properties of life - our wish to preserve it and the unavoidable decay that lies programmed within organic entities, from the smallest mold particles to the largest invasive species.

The exhibition was made possible by the generous support of the Danish Arts Foundation, Grosser L. F. Foghts Fond, and Ragnvald og Ida Blix' Fond.