A Year in Revenue-From Sunrise to Sunset, 2015, Video still, Multi-screen, Multi-channel Video
A Year in Revenue
February, 5–March 28, 2015
Thursday, Feb.5, 6-8pm
Pari Nadimi Gallery is pleased to present A Year in Revenue, a solo exhibition by Felix Kalmenson. A Year in Revenue proposes an archeology of the formal remnants of late 20th century financial structures and investigates the successive stages of dematerialization born of the late capitalist optimization paradigm. These dematerializations have consequently restructured the built environment and occupational frameworks of finance, radically altering the appearance of the stock market floor; algorithms have replaced floor traders, the stock market floor has been restructured to accommodate computational power, and whole buildings and infrastructural systems have been retrofitted to optimize the flow of data and capital. A Year in Revenue adopts an archaeological strategy, investigating and cataloging the remnants of those systems that were subsequently rendered obsolete by this phenomenon. The show is composed of a series of installation works, employing strategies of critical reconstruction that examine these physical and conceptual structures in a museological setting presenting a troubling narrative of capitalistic optimization and dematerialization.
Kalmenson’s practice is concerned with the mediation of histories and contemporary narratives by state, institutional and corporate bodies. His work investigates how transformations in the architecture and landscape of communication function to radically reposition the individual in relation to constructed knowledges and lived experience, often exploring notions of publicness, trauma, and the relationship between the construction of history and territory and bourgeoning systems of enframement.
Felix Kalmenson (b. 1987 St Petersburg, Russia) is Toronto-based artist, with a personal artistic practice in installation, video, photography, performance and sound art. Kalmenson Completed a Bachelors of Architecture and Urban Studies at the University of Toronto in 2011. Kalmenson has exhibited in solo and curated group shows in galleries and artist-run centres in Canada and internationally including; Aomori Contemporary Art Centre (Aomori, Japan), ZK/U Center for Art and Urbanistics (Berlin), Minsheng Art Museum (Shanghai), The Elizabeth Foundation (New York), Le Cube (Rabat), La Fabrique Culturelle des Anciens Abattoirs (Casablanca), Centro Negra (Blanca, Spain) The New Gallery (Calgary), Kungliga Konsthögskolan (Stockholm), Shudder Gallery (Vancouver), Gallery 44 (Toronto), Pari Nadimi Gallery (Toronto) and The National Film Board of Canada Mediatheque (Toronto). Kalmenson has participated in several international residency and fellowships programs including Aomori Contemporary Art Centre in Aomori, Japan (2014), ZK/U Centre for Art and Urbanistics in Berlin (2013), Centro Negra in Blanca, Spain (2014), and the Boxes, Zones and Quarters Residency in Casablanca, Marrakech, and Rabat in Morocco (2014). Kalmenson is also the recipient of several grants from the Toronto Arts Council, Ontario Arts Council and the Canada Council for the Arts.
The artist acknowledges the support of The Toronto Arts Council and the Ontario Arts Council.