INDUCTION: Tauba Auerbach and Éliane Radigue

Curated by Andria Hickey, Senior Curator

February 16, 2018June 10, 2018

The first in a unique invitational format that explores artistic relationships and influences, INDUCTION is a two-person exhibition that features new paintings, videos, and glass sculpture by New York based artist Tauba Auerbach (1981, San Francisco, CA) alongside an early sound installation by Paris-based composer Éliane Radigue (1932, Paris, France).

Auerbach’s work often probes systems of logic — mathematical, linguistic, and spatial — proposing ways to enhance their fluidity, or subvert them entirely. Most recently, her large-scale paintings and glass- and 3D-printed sculptures articulate the relationship between natural forms such as the wave, the vortex, and the helix, with planes of sight and human gesture. Éliane Radigue is a leading figure in experimental music and sound art known for her early experimentation with overlapping tape loops, microphone feedback, and modular synthesizers. Radigue’s work stands out for its deep engagement with Tibetan Buddhism and her commitment to the ARP 2500 modular synthesizer, which she used from the late 1960s to 2001, when she began composing primarily for acoustic instruments.

Developed in collaboration, INDUCTION, explores the potential of form and rhythm to induce altered states of consciousness, and focuses on Auerbach and Radigue’s shared interests, including Eastern philosophies and phenomenology. Radigue’s composition, OMNHT (1970), is designed for installation in collaboration with sound engineer Bob Bielecki and activates the gallery’s architecture — the work is intended to be felt against its walls, as much as heard throughout the space. Presented for the first time in Galerie Rive Droit in 1970, this work has been shown only one other time, and never in the United States.

In tandem with Radigue’s sound installation, Auerbach has choreographed an immersive environment, populated with free-standing, double-sided paintings from the artist’s Grain series, and her first substantial work in video — a four-screen installation of footage from her restaging of a physics experiment. The exhibition also includes a new ‘anatomical’ sculpture, flame-worked by the artist in borosilicate glass. Auerbach’s new body of work emerges from a process of research and self-experimentation in diverse but interconnected fields, from the cellular life of trauma in the body, to fluid dynamics, calligraphy, trance induction and new theories of quantum consciousness.

Major support for INDUCTION: Tauba Auerbach and Éliane Radigue is provided by an Anonymous Donor, DLR Group|Westlake Reed Leskosky, John P. Murphy Foundation, Michelle and Richard Jeschelnig, and Fotene Demoulas and Tom Coté. Generous support is provided by Maurice Marciano, Gina and Stuart Peterson, Joachim and Nancy Hellman Bechtle, and Allison Rubler. Additional support is provided by the Robert Blumenthal Gallery, Suzi and Andrew B. Cohen, Linda and George Kurz, and Paula Cooper Gallery.

Sherwin-Williams is the official paint of MOCA Cleveland. Community support provided by Courtyard Marriott, Cleveland University Circle.

All current exhibitions are funded by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and Leadership Circle gifts from anonymous donors, Yuval Brisker, Joanne Cohen and Morris Wheeler, Margaret Cohen and Kevin Rahilly, Becky Dunn, Harriet Goldberg, Agnes Gund, Michelle and Richard Jeschelnig, Donna and Stewart Kohl, Jan Lewis, Toby Devan Lewis, and Scott Mueller.

All MOCA Cleveland exhibitions are supported in part by the residents of Cuyahoga County through a public grant from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture, the Cleveland Foundation, the George Gund Foundation, and the continuing support of the Museum’s Board of Directors, patrons, and members.

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