robert glas

Roi Alter | The Last Waltz
Robert Glas | Jurisdiction — A Hundred Years Before the Law
8 June - 9 July 2016

Private View: Friday 10 June at 5 - 8pm

JOEY RAMONE is proud to present "The Last Waltz", the 3rd solo exhibition in the gallery by Israeli artist Roi Alter and "Jurisdiction — A Hundred Years Before the Law", the 1st solo exhibition in the gallery by Dutch artist Robert Glas. Both exhibitions open on Friday 10 June at 5 - 8pm and run till Saturday 9 July 2016.

Roi Alter's "The Last Waltz" and Robert Glas' "Jurisdiction — A Hundred Years Before the Law" is part of the Language & ART Gallery Tour in the framework of Poetry International 2016. For this occasion the gallery will be open also on Wednesday 8 and Thursday 9 of June.

Roi Alter's (IL, 1980) artistic work emanates from a critical observation upon western society and its contemporary modus operandi. With human history being conceived as nothing but the "register of the crimes follies and misfortunes of mankind" as Voltaire had put it, Alter attempts to act in as remote manner as possible from what he identifies as the prevailing elements of that modus operandi. And so, through a process of via negativa, Alter tries to crystalize artworks that function as an introspective mechanism exposing the ever-reoccurring collapse of human rationale and integrity.

Robert Glas (NL, 1986) is a visual artist, living and working in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. His practice is an ongoing investigation into the relation between the body and the state. The emphasis lies on the constructs States deploy to decide over the status of a body (refugee, citizen, tourist, stateless) and how they link this status to the physical body to control its movement over the territory. Using a variety of media Glas deals with constructs such as asylum legislation, passports, detention centers, naturalization ceremonies and deportation facilities, not only to reflect on the matter, but moreover to intervene and enforce change.