AMALIA PICA - ROUND TABLE (AND OTHER FORMS)

KÖNIG GALERIE is pleased to present the third solo exhibition by Amalia Pica, her first exhibition in the Nave of St. Agnes.

Amalia Pica deals with systems of language and communication, social habitats and social interaction.
The work REARRANGING THE CONFERENCE TABLE consists of 14 colorful tables which are grouped and rearranged daily, challenging the fixed hierarchy ingrained in corporate furniture. Pica investigates the office as a social structure. Offices are often characterized by typical dull furnishings. Conference tables are emblematic of this, but in contrast to conventional office furniture, Pica designed them in her typical formal language of geometric shapes and bold colored surfaces. This is intended to counteract the tedious everyday processes with something joyful.
This visual principle is also present in the wall works, made of Formica on plywood, where she brings the tabletop to the wall in studies that explore the possibilities of the choreography of the tables. The geometric figures further demonstrate Pica's affair with Concrete Art. In contrast to their European counterpart, the movement in South America, including in the artist's home country, Argentina, was explicitly political. The works there were always inherent of the desire for new social visions.


The tables are rearranged daily, their colors and shapes spreading out and flowing back reminiscent of a kaleidoscope. The artist captures the office as a social space in which many people spend a large part of their time. Since the outbreak of the Corona pandemic, this social structure disappeared for many from one day to the next. Working from home suddenly disrupts familiar routines, and well-rehearsed communication channels had to be completely rethought. Pica reflects this reorganization in the performative act of moving tables. In the background of the exhibition, as its soundtrack, office-sounds are played, which were downloaded from the Internet to simulate everyday office life at home: During the week, you can hear loud, busy voices; on weekends and during lunch breaks, there is just the whirring of the servers. The tape recordings are complemented with the sounds from the gallery staff's offices, which can be heard all the way up into the exhibition space due to the special architecture of St. Agnes.
This audio piece as well as the video REHEARSING THE CONFERENCE TABLE was made in collaboration with Mexican film maker Rafael Ortega.