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Ceal Floyer's Special
by Lilly Wei


A light bulb, a bag of air, a bucket, colored markers—these are some of the commonplace items that Ceal Floyer makes us rethink as we contemplate her understated, multimedia installations. Curiously expansive and lingering in their effect, these conceptual, perceptual time-release capsules are far more ponderous to describe verbally than to “get” visually; they inspire description and analysis, but nonetheless elude them. Often designated a Minimalist conceptualist, Floyer studied at Goldsmiths in London, graduating in 1994, and now lives and works in Berlin. She emerged as an international art world presence in the mid-1990s and has received several awards, including Berlin’s prestigious Preis der Nationalgalerie für Junge Kunst in 2007. In the past year or so, Floyer has been extraordinarily active, with solo exhibitions at the Palais de Tokyo in Paris, the Museo d’Arte Contemporanea Donna Regina in Naples, Centre d’Art Santa Monica, Barcelona, the Swiss Institute in New York, 303 Gallery, and currently at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Miami. In between, she has participated in numerous group shows at institutions around the world, in Basel, Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Aspen, and Minneapolis, as well as at the Turin Triennial and last year’s Venice Biennale.

Reversed, 2005.
C-print on aluminum, 70 x 100 cm.

Image courtesy the artist and Lisson Gallery, London.


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