Persistent Illusions brings together both existing and new works and examines Troika’s investigative ideas through a variety of media, including sculpture, drawing, and contemporary installation. Taking its premise from a society that has become increasingly governed by rational thinking and scientific methodology, this exhibition centers around Troika’s interest in the effects of science and promotes ideas that expand the ways in which we are able to think about our world.
The exhibition questions the possibility of a purely rational description of our world and suggests that just as different maps can give different accounts of the same territory, so can different forms of knowledge give more truthful images about the material world.
Using a wide variety of materials and processes, such as lenses, light, rope, soot, or dice, Troika create connections between concepts that are often considered polar opposites; science and art, technological advancement and philosophical debate, efficiency and human emotion. As a result, the works in this exhibition invite the viewer to initiate a dialogue that takes place within the unknown and asserts that seemingly conflicting ideas are simply lenses that let us see only one facet of reality. These lenses act as a means to better understand society and its connection to the world. The exhibition is curated by Jung Min Kon and Min Son and is the first solo show for Troika in Korea.
Persistent Illusions review, Sculpture magazine / Itinerary / September 2014.
Sculpture Magazine is published by the International Sculpture Center Persistent Illusions, by Jonathan Openshaw, POSTmatter / July 2014