For “Compression Loss” Troika premieres two new bodies of work alongside existing sculptures and installations. The works in the exhibition stem from Troika’s continuing interest in the various models and belief systems used to detail and understand the world. Incorporating the opposing frameworks of technological advancement and mythology, Troika’s works investigate how the application of a purely rational and scientific method onto practical life is often at odds with the subjective and unpredictable.
The exhibition is a new series of sculptures in which Troika take mythological figures and forms and deconstruct them into separate ‘slices’. The title references a method of rationalisation in which the whole is seemingly understood by its deconstruction into smaller, separate parts — a process which does not account for accumulative significance. By physically slicing reproductions of Egyptian deity Thoth, Aztec deity Xipe, Greek goddess Hebe and Roman goddess Venus, Troika’s sculptures usurp this linear, reductionist viewpoint of knowledge, replacing it with a fragmented oscillatory one. Utilising methods of analogue ‘slicing’ they juxtapose the objective, logical applications of science with the shifting nature of mythology and belief.
- Troika, Compression Loss, Exhibition view, 2017. Courtesy of OMR