Rúrí | Art Center Hugo Voeten, Belgium.
Art Center Hugo Voeten, Belgium.
INSIGHT #3: Water Works
Featured artists: Thierry de Cordier – Fabrizio Plessi – Oana Fracas – Louise Bourgeois – Christo & Jeanne-Claude – Rúrí – Simeon Stoilov – Kiril Yanev, and more.
Water is a meaningful natural element, charged with symbolical value, that decidedly plays a part in cultural, social and political questions. It occurs in all aspects of life and has a paradoxical character. Water as a flux is a symbol of something flowing, turbulent and variable. Still water embodies calm, contemplation, stability. Next to the vital function, is water used in rituals and in function of belief, as something meditative, spiritual, with a purifying meaning.
The beauty of water, in her different manifestations such as fog, dew, clouds, ice, as waterfall or rainbow, is praised. Water as an overwhelming power of nature makes the human being feel invalid and experience nature as sublime. Opposite is the association with destruction. Water is threatening, in the form of flooding and water shortage, and is threatened, by human interventions in nature, excessive water use and pollution. As a wide ranging primal element, water evokes different intense emotions and inspires in diverse ways. Water Works illustrates the versatility of water.
Rúrí (b.1951) was 23 when she came to the attention of the public in a “striking” way in the summer of 1974, when she attacked a gilded Mercedes Benz with a sledgehammer and displayed the result as a symbol of materialism and consumerism at an outdoor exhibition on Lækjartorg Square in central Reykjavík. Rúrí has become one of Iceland’s most prominent artists, and many of her works can be found in public spaces and public and private collections. Working in a wide range of media, Rúrí presents her consternation for threatened nature and human discord intertwined with and alongside her more conceptual interests in time, relativity, and ephemerality. Her grand entrance on the international stage was her participation in the 2003 Venice Biennale.