Untitled, mold on wood hermetically sealed by acrylic glass, variable dimensions. 2016-2018

Silas Inoue Noma
Noma

Installation view, Noma Copenhagen, 2018

Infrastructure, bronze, clear acrylic, wood, palm leaves, plant seeds, mold, and concrete 130x50x40 cm. Face of another at Galleri Susanne Ottesen 2018. 

Photo: Anders Sune Berg

Infrastructure, bronze, clear acrylic, wood, palm leaves, plant seeds, mold and concrete 89x71x51 cm. Nicodim Gallery, Los Angeles 2018

 

 

In most environments there exists several hundreds of different mold species. Being one of natures most profound decomposers they play an important role in a given ecosystems continuous cycle between growth and decay. By establishing ideal living conditions for the fungus, the works explores the aesthetics and lifespans of molds by giving artistic authorship to the organisms, their unpredictability and invasive properties.

 

The Infrastructure series consist of compositions of organic and synthetic materials made for mold growths. On top of their acrylic glass tank, are bronze figures that have pieces of mold protection masks build inside, these small respiration systems ads air to the organisms, while preventing their spores from entering the outside space. These compositions have certain likeliness with some sort of imaginary cityscape. The title of the works 'Infrastructure' can give a hint to this interpretation, but can also be understood in a more biological sense, where the various fungal species inhabiting the work are in constant competition with each other, and where their root connects and helps their relatives in a complex interconnected micro cosmos.

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