Marius Mircea Ritiu
In his practice, Marius Mircea Ritiu aims to reflect on the importance and/or triviality of heritage, borders and nationalism. He encourages viewers to think about notions of global responsibility, consciousness, and citizenship. Ritiu examines how technology and information sharing enable the increased mobility of ideas, goods and people, and the impact this has on shifting physical borders. Ideas around the universe, the “Big Bang Theory”, black holes, wormholes, time travels, relativity, and the forces of nature are recurring themes in his work.
Marius Mircea Ritiu graduated with a BA and MA in Classical Sculpture from the Art and Design University of Cluj-Napoca, Romania and obtained an MA from the Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp, Belgium. He left Romania in 2010 together with his colleague and friend, Cristian Bors. Bors & Ritiu worked as an artist duo from 2010 until 2017. During these seven years, they explored ideas of traveling, movement, and migration, transforming their experience as Eastern European immigrants in a Western European country into a source of inspiration. Ritiu is currently represented by Slag Gallery, New York.
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Residents from Belgium
Ling-lin Ku hybridizes language and daydreaming in her sculptures and installations, weaving her sense of humor into the structure she makes. Using everyday objects as references, she digs deep inside them creating transformative relationships and new modes of interconnectivity. She always sees objects as being unfixed, plastic, liquid and slippery, and resists the habit of using a single static name to denominate things. Her plays between faux and “real” materials, and exaggerated scale shifts, give her work a feeling of deceptive mass, strange gravity and unknown physics.
Ling-lin Ku (born Taiwan) completed her undergraduate degree at the Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts. She was the recipient of travel grants for locations along what used to be referred to as the Silk Road in Asia and Europe. Ku also obtained a law degree law in Taiwan before relocating to the United States.
Residents from United States
Gracia Khouw’s works explore language, both visual and auditory. She creates minimal geometrical arrangements in which our comprehension of letters and their symbolic meaning are disturbed. Khouw’s images float between purely geometrical designs and readable letters and symbols.
Gracia Khouw attended the Willem de Kooning Academy, Rotterdam, and the Design Academy Eindhoven. Khouw has exhibited at art spaces internationally including at the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey and at the Rotterdam Contemporary Art Fair, and her work is part of private collections around the world. She is represented by Galerie Hein Elferink.