Hungry Mice & Salty Pepper
Isabella Fürnkäs’ first solo exhibition at Galerie Clages evokes rapture and a loss of control. Already from outside the exhibition, oversized eyes direct one’s gaze toward four life-size figures, which are more than simply physical counterparts. On the contrary, they accumulate in the space and almost oppress the visitor with their drawn-on sensory organs, which grow in place of their faces and expand throughout the room. With their oversized teeth, ears, and tongues, they formally draw attention to the different avenues of sensory perception and seem to do so at an unabashed volume.
Billowing fabrics and garments draped over the mannequins stand in contrast to the flat drawings. If we were to read them one-dimensionally, they‘d recall Fürnkäs’ earlier video installations. In those works, she would overlap visual fragments in the style of a collage, which enabled a sort of intrusive desire for still images as points of orientation in the flood of images produced by our temporally, spatially, and visually complex world. Among the garments, one scans two kimonos, which could signal a biographical reference to Fürnkas’ childhood in Japan but also allow space for a feeling of distance and foreignness.
This drifting moment of being-thrown-off and the search for a calm point makes one‘s eyes wander further through the space. Droplets drawn on the gallery’s walls guide one‘s flowing gaze. The droplets, which inevitably conjure associations with tears, are a recurring motif in Fürnkäs’ work. They subtly work through the contradiction of water’s neutrality as an element and its natural fluidity in the form of tears and sweat, evoking the type of physical sensations and emotions that evade our control. There is something liberating in this ineluctable movement — no in-between state, nothing asked or sought-after. It seems that the overextended limbs of the figures reach, too, for that sort of autonomy.
Text by Julia Haarmann
Unpredictable Liars, Multimedia installation, mixed media, various Japanese fabrics & cloth, oil sticks
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Uncanny Valley, video installation, kinetic sand, antenna
Hot Sauce, sound piece, surround sound
I see you lying while You see me emotionally dispatched I don't know what I am craving for Salt and Pepper Do you even reckon that Suddenly we exist inside of an Uncanny Valley surrounded with too many Visions carrying Pepper & Salt Hungry Mice and Salty Rice with Pepper Soup in need of Considerable Spoons with Salty Rice topped on Stunning Sauce Dripping out of my Left & Right Eye Unpredictable Liars They Blurp and Hush and blurp and hush and blur everything and hush quiet while Salty Pepper Soup and Slippery Pepper Sauce is vanishing into digital fear of Mice with their animal mentality and Salty Chips that are Hungry Spoons carrying Mice Salty invisible Hungry Mice with Salty Rice Crackers In Your Eyes Drip that Pepper on Top of that Salty Chips Coming out of Your Left Eyes Unpredictable Liars They Talk and Talk and Talk when that hot Sauce is Dripping out of their blurred mind while Liars are even more Hungry who knows why we need all these Hungry Spoons & Salty Mice talking about incredible massive Rice and Salty Sauce lying On all these Hungry Spoons when That Sauce is Dripping In my Left and Right Eye - Hungry Liars and Unpredictable Impulsive Irregularities with invisible simplicity puppies looking for Pepper & Salt still looking can’t find any Pepper so why are Hungry Mice still starving without Salt while Pepper is looking for Rice because it’s too predictable and they are not just Hot & Hungry so sometimes we don’t know we just have all that Sauce stuck in our Left & Right Eyes and have no idea about how to finally escape the human condition without all this blurry Rice Hungry Mice don’t care about hot frequencies without Spoons so you better have no expectation it will be too dirty or too expensive for you to still be talking about Salt & Pepper no surprises please and just forget about my Hot Sauce when all you hungry mice and Impulsive Liars have no reason to not have your Mind full of Pepper & Salt why shouldn’t you Salty Sauce is simply gone bad what why are we still contradicting the need of heavy Rice piles why when Hungry Mice are pushing their infinite Hunger into eternity while we blurp and hush and blurp and hush without the energy to be a Impulsive or Irregular Mice and hungry Invisible simply too Predictive to just become RICE so they have to have Slippery Sauce and Pepper & Salty Chips Salty Pepper Onion-soup Salty Rice Chips trickling In Your Left Eye Salty Rice Sauce Coming Out Of Your Left & Right Eye (Unpredictable Liars) the same the same the same Impulsive Invisible Irregular Salty Hanging all over everywhere In my Hot Eyes too much of your Salty Sauce On my Rice causing a flood of Hot Bitter Lemon Water flowing from all your Unpredictable Irregularities & Hungry eyes while Mice just respond to just Remember The First Light all these Waves Of Attention when Spoons are missing they think you should just absorb the Air while hungry mice drop High frequency tendencies and pretend to just go FUCK 4 UR ART Hot Pepper and Salt steal your time digital Boy toys Boys cry about Rice without Salt so the Pepper is always Salty if there were not these Energy eaters crying about Words that Cut Reality because Mice are afraid of numbers the Fear of red numbers Stealing their Time Salty Waves of emotion Flows water between your Stream of consciousness causing all that Hunger so Please stay In My Room Nobody Knows Suddenly Pepper & Salt Sold Out The time of the forgotten language While Hungry Mice still wait for their turn to eat you Your demons came a long way How long can you maintain simplicity in such a Salty world with hot Sauce everywhere when The ones who speak lie and the others eat because Tendencies will be made predictable by Hungry mice Predictable tendencies in the air that are cooked down to basic Human condition scenarios with Salty Impulsive Liars wondering about how to remain Invisible because Suddenly we are just a hungry mice as well like these Liars with predictive human conditions we thought we had a secret but it is now Predictable because of all the Salty Pepper we have No expectations, no surprises, it’s all about Self-fulfilling prophecies by Invisible Simplicity Puppies dripping their sauce on top of it all no eye can escape we have been dreaming ever since anything goes it’s Dirty Not Complex where is Simplicity Hungry mice remaining In the hidden shadow lies of complex simplicity Soup no Pain, no Pain, no Pain, My House is aesthetic while Black puppies push their pupils against hungry mice as they ask themselves How to finally become priceless without having expectations no Rice no Rice no Rice is sorting anymore we just search for a good Story-Telling about Animal Spirits Sleeping too exciting to be offline yes or no Ambivalent overloaded Salty Sauce powerlessness I don't want to own I just want to buy while Hungry Mice will copy paste, copy paste me, you copy paste, come paste me, you copy till you come I paste you and you eat me No no no I will eat you fist because you are a hungry mice without any Pepper & Salt.