Leah Dixon and Grazyna Roguski at SORT

Leah Dixon and Graźyna Roguski “Counter Parts” at SORT

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Leah Dixon and Grazyna Roguski at SORT
Leah Dixon, Lovers In A Dangerous Time III, 2017, wood, paper, paint, metal hardware, plastic, ventilators.

The artists Leah Dixon and Graźyna Roguski managed to bring a touch of institutional critique to a very non-institutional space, challenging SORT’s ethos by incorporating moving bodies, time based works, and kinetic sculptures.

SORT’s fourth show is built around call and response. Artist Katharina Höglinger was asked to invite a new position into the space. She broke with our young tradition of showing  “pure” sculpture and painting and responded with Roguski’s hybrid sculptural and performative practice.

The movements that her performers make are her call to the body. Her objects, shrouds for herself, that of the performers, and all who encounter them echo the body that is always transient.

The final call was to ask Dixon to collaborate with Roguski. Like Grażyna’s sculptures, Leah’s bow to bodies that are also no longer with us, the twin towers. Her spinning towers physically confront us with their size and movement, almost ready to dress themselves in the bleached clothes they are surrounded by. Simply, counter parts.

Leah Dixon and Grazyna Roguski at SORT
Leah Dixon, Bureaucratic Mask, 2017, wood, paint, paper, ink.
Leah Dixon and Grazyna Roguski at SORT
Leah Dixon, Bureaucratic Mask, 2017, wood, paint, paper, ink. Graźyna Roguski, Snails, 2017, performance and two sculptures, fabric, hardner, bleach, wire.
Leah Dixon and Grazyna Roguski at SORT
Leah Dixon, Lovers In A Dangerous Time III, 2017, wood, paper, paint, metal hardware, plastic, ventilators.
Leah Dixon and Grazyna Roguski at SORT
Leah Dixon, Bureaucratic Mask, 2017, wood, paint, paper, ink.
Leah Dixon and Grazyna Roguski at SORT
Graźyna Roguski, Snails, 2017, performance and two sculptures, fabric, hardner, bleach, wire.
Leah Dixon and Grazyna Roguski at SORT
Graźyna Roguski, Snails, 2017, performance and two sculptures, fabric, hardner, bleach, wire.
Leah Dixon and Grazyna Roguski at SORT
Graźyna Roguski, Snails, 2017, performance and two sculptures, fabric, hardner, bleach, wire.
Leah Dixon and Grazyna Roguski at SORT
Graźyna Roguski, Snails, 2017, performance and two sculptures, fabric, hardner, bleach, wire.
Title: Counter Parts
Artists: Leah Dixon and Grażyna Roguski
Date: June 23 – July 23, 2017
Venue: SORT, Bäckerstrasse 7, 1010 Vienna

Photos by Bianca Phos