Part of Troika's progression of black ink works, ‘Horizons’ are made by applying water to black ink until the black disappears. The series, along with ‘Small Bangs’ (2013), ‘Drawing Together, Drawing Apart’ (2015), and the video installation ‘Time only exists so not everything happens at once’ (2014) are an examination of how the same gesture can provoke opposing effects. Drawing on Troika’s interest in the generative potential of control, the various works reflect on difference and distance, constraint and release, unpredictability and harmony.
In their dualistic nature, the artworks are not what they seem: they are both the various colours that constitute the absolute black and the separated colours of its intrinsic makeup. ‘Horizons’ is a departure from the circular process of ‘Small Bangs’ and ‘Drawing Together, Drawing Apart’, creating a tide-like division on the page. The departure point for each of the two vertical horizons is a black line drawn on either side of the paper. Once immersed in water, each line stretches out towards the centre, emerging as different and progressively more vibrant colour spectrums.
In 2014, the black ink works on paper developed into Troika’s first video-based work to date, ‘Time only exists so not everything happens at once’. The video is a documentation of circles of black ink as they manifests in an array of colours.
Flaunt Magazine #148, The Califuk Issue, ‘What if We Just Called it "Taqueria?"’, Autumn 2015