Monolith | Zoro Feigl

Monolith concerns a similar object to the monolith from Kubrick’s film 2001: A Space Odyssey*. The big difference is that water flows from below, upwards over the rectangular shape to clatter back down. All of Feigl’s works are driven by a certain technique, which may not always be complicated, but always produces an impressive and grand image. This work symbolizes the mysteries and inexplicable things in our world. The origin and the power that may or may not be inspired from the object in the film remain inscrutable, so it;s still not possible to get a grip on everything in the real world.

* At the beginning of Stanley Kubrick’s iconic film 2001: A Space Odyssey, a group of gorillas  is suddenly attacked by a strange new presence in their prehistoric desert-like surroundings. A huge black rectangular monolith has ended up there and thus forms a strong visual contrast. A little suspicious the gorillas research this strange object, of which it’s totally unclear where it came from. The monolith can be interpreted in many different ways, but it’s clear that it can be seen as a catalyst for development in human evolution. The object sets a certain intellectual development in progress, that is beyond the fictional world of film equal to the human being, who always strives for improvement through (now) ever increasing technological and digital tools.

About Zoro Feigl

The installations of Zoro Feigl (1983, Amsterdam) seem to be alive. His materials dance and twist. Placed together in a space, the separate works become one: large and ponderous in places, nervous or gracious elsewhere.

Feigl’s forms are constantly changing, sometimes slowly, sometimes quickly. The exhibition space becomes an enlarged microscope: single-cell creatures, primitive organisms are twisting, groaning and convulsing. Without beginning or end the objects seem to be locked into themselves. As a viewer you become entangled in their movements: they embrace and amaze, but sometimes also frighten you.

Zoro Feigl lives and works in between Amsterdam in the Netherlands and Vorst Laakdal in Belgium. He graduated from the Rietveld Academie (Amsterdam) and the Hoger Instituut voor Schone Kunst (Ghent). His work has been shown internationally at various exhibitions including the Mori Art Museum Tokyo, KisArt Busan Korea, National Art Museum of China, Galeria de Arte do SESI Sao Paulo, Artplay Moscow, A+B Contemporary Italy, 0gms Sofia, Verbeke Foundation Belgium, Kulturhuset Stockholm, Self Surface Stuttgart, Black Door Istanbul and several institutes in the Netherlands such as Stedelijk Museum Schiedam, MU, DordtYart, Het Nieuwe Instituut, W139, Arti et Amicitea and Fons Welters. He has curated several exhibitions and has been a part of De ServiceGarage and founding member of Kafana.

Watxch Zoro's interview with Into Nature about Monotlith (in Dutch)