A disused warehouse in Birmingham plays host to Massimo Bartolini's spatial interventions, which are created for the "individual" viewer's experience. Yet, unlike other pieces which have been restricted by one entry at a time, you have free reign over the work that aims to disturb your perceptions. Recurring elements of spheres, water, movement, the walnut and sound are present in the three pieces at Ikon Eastside. Combining nature and mechanics, Bartolini creates an anomalous confrontation.
Set within the far space, Sphere catches your eye and ear. A game of boules is underway with a French radio station's commentary in the background to spur you on. However, the dynamics of the game have been tampered with as we are inside and an incongruous walnut has replaced the "cochon". The walnut's capricious surface generates an undeterminable game, as you are encouraged to appreciate the moment of throwing a shiny brass ball to its unknown fate.
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