Galerie Eva Presenhuber hosts a new group of work by Liam Gillick in the exhibition Scorpion or Felix. Taking its name from a text by Karl Marx—of which only fragments have survived—the show features three central figures, Scorpio, Felix, and Merten, with smaller works in ink, writing on the wall, and colorful sliding doors. Gillick has been creating text-based works and objects dealing with the built environment since the late 1980s, challenging the interpretation of constructed spaces, “establishing relationships based sometimes on attraction, sometimes on repulsion.”
The works on display are meant to be approached and viewed from various perspectives while taking into consideration the relationships—if any—that exist between them. Divided in two by a long wall, the gallery has eight evenly spaced openings that can be opened or closed by multicolored sliding doors, allowing for a constant state of interactive flux. Adding to the chance nature of the exhibition is the representation of the character Merten among several drawings as well as text, whom Marx treats rather ambiguously, playing on “historico-philosophical speculations.” Together the words and objects offer an exhibition of shifting possibilities and probabilities.