LONDON.- Lisson Gallery
presents an exhibition of new works by Ceal Floyer. Floyer's clarity of thought and the elegantly concise presentation of her ideas resonate through all areas of her practice. The deceptive simplicity of the work is informed by Floyer's particular sense of humour and an awareness of the absurd. Through subtle interventions with everyday objects such as rubbish bags filled with air, cash register receipts or a Tammy Wynette song, Floyer uses double-takes and shifting points of view to force the viewer to renegotiate their perception of the world.
Alongside new works the show at Lisson provides a chance to see a reconfiguration of Things, first shown at KW Institute for Contemporary Arts, Berlin, in 2009. A cluster of plinths stand in an empty room each emitting at different intervals in real time the word "things, the only audible section from otherwise silenced pop songs. However, apart from the plinths themselves, no things are present in the room. Instead the work focuses attention on the space allotted to art, and on the awareness of possibility in production.
In the past Floyers work has made use of humble, everyday objects such as, slide carousels, felt-tip pens and light bulbs in order to explore the relationship between perception and reality. Playful in her approach, her constructions often function as visual puns, laying open the structural character of things and highlighting the dialectical tension between the literal and the mundane, and an imaginative construction of meaning.
Ceal Floyer (b.1968) lives and works in Berlin. Recent solo shows include Museum of Contemporary Art, Miami (2010, 2008); Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2009); KW Institute for Contemporary Arts, Berlin (2009); Ingleby Gallery, Edinburgh (2009); 303 Gallery, New York (2009); Museum of Contemporary Art Donna Regina, Naples (2008); Museum Haus Esters, Krefeld (2007); Lisson Gallery, London (2006). She is the recipient of the 2009 Nam June Paik Art Center Prize and the 2007 Prize for Young Art of the Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin. Forthcoming projects include solo exhibitions at DHC/Art, Montreal and the Centre for Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv.