Neck of the Woods, 2019
Concrete chutes, mirrors, paint, light and props
About the artist
The essence of Gabriel Lester’s (NL, 1972) practice is his use of the vocabulary of cinematography, resulting in films, sculptures, installations and performances. His artworks create a kind of scenography or set in which the spectator becomes a protagonist and plays a decisive role in the interpretation and completion of the work.
About the artwork
For CHAPTER 1NE, Lester designed an art installation that also serves as a training space for the participants of the Boxing Clinic. His installation plays with the duplication of one of the principle elements of Het HEM’s architecture – the rows of pillars – creating a pillar forest, so to speak. The pillars become a rhythmic addition to the space, a physical translation of a drum solo with fast and slow frequencies, heavy and light beats, continuous sight lines and, every now and then, a moment of rest in the form of a clearing. From Thursday to Sunday, the rhythms of Lester’s installation will be amplified by the training routines of the Boxing Clinic participants.
Statement Edson Sabajo & Guillaume Schmidt
Guillaume: ‘This installation translates what the Boxing Clinic is essentially all about. It’s not only about the goal, but also about the process of getting there. The installation itself is a kind of obstacle course or labyrinth.’