Routine & Happiness – Mari Nagem & Joaquin Margulis Luchsinger

Opening reception Tuesday May 15th, 2018, 6-9pm

16.05.2018   - 26.05.2018

For Immediate Release

Press Release: Contemporary Art, International Artists

Mari Nagem & Joaquin Margulis Luchsinger: Routine & Happiness

WHAT: Exhibition of Installation, Painting, and Sound Art by Mari Nagem & Joaquin Margulis Luchsinger

WHEN: Tuesday, May 15th, 18:00-21:00
Duration – May 16th-26th, Tuesday-Saturday 2-7 or by appointment

WHERE: SomoS Art House – Kottbusser Damm 95, 1.0G, 10967, Berlin,
U8 – Schönleinstraße

WHO: Mari Nagem (BR), Joaquin Margulis Luchsinger (CL)

BERLIN—May 3, 2018

Mari Nagem & Joaquin Margulis Luchsinger: Routine & Happiness

The stick and the carrot make the world go round. In their duo show, Routine & Happiness, artists Joaquin Margulis Luchsinger (Chile) & Mari Nagem (Brazil) contrast the dutiful monotony of everyday life with a quest for the idea of happiness, employing such techniques as video, sound art, multimedia, painting and installation.

Mari Nagem’s work demonstrates how the idea happiness is commodified and used as a motivational tool to keep us happy in what are often lives of routine. More and more often we turn towards our digital devices for distraction, reward, companionship, and confidence. Continually, we find ourselves surrounded by motivational imagery and symbols of happiness, paradise and fortune. At the same time as we recognize their artifice and elusiveness, we are still pulled in by their primal allure. Nagem’s work expresses the artifice of the pursuit of happiness through exploration of the quantification and manufacturing of human emotion.

In his Sound-art installations, Joaquin Margulis Luchsinger amplifies the 24/7 buzz of work and economics into an aural smog of productivity, in which the Wheels of Industry keep on turning and turning. After a while, the repetitiveness becomes Zen-like, and allows for the perception of in-between tones and reflective nuances. In direct contrast with these repetitive and restricted motions stands Joaquin’s collage-like painting, which mixes abstract expressionism with schematic geometric elements—an autobiographical homage to the way in which the act of painting liberated the artist from the more conventional and restrictive lifestyles that he protests. Luchsinger juxtaposes the methodical mechanics of his sound sculptures with abstract improvisation in his paintings, creating a conversation between external and internal noise.

While there is extensive pressure towards conformity on a social level, we are also expected to achieve self-optimization and an idealized individuality. Both artists work to challenge apathy and disengagement and to reveal the hollowness of a life ruled by routine or the pursuit of preconceived notions of happiness.

Mari Nagem and Joaquin Margulis Luchsinger show their work together for the first time in Berlin with an exhibition at SomoS Arts May 15th – May 26th 2018. Opening reception: May 15th 6-9pm, entry free.

About Mari Nagem

Mari Nagem (b. Belo Horizonte, 1984) lives and works in São Paulo. She received a master’s degree in visual arts from the Haute École d’Art et Design de Genève. Her current work explores the artificiality of landscapes and human interventions, investigating the transformations of the environment through technology and by capturing images using digital media. She is interested in how human thoughts and actions can transform the environment, creating artificial horizons and alternate realities. more ->

About Joaquin Margulis Luchsinger

Joaquin Margulis Luchsinger was born in Santiago, Chile in 1990. He graduated with maximum distinction from Escuela de Artes Visuales de la Universidad Finisterrae. Luchsinger’s work is driven by constant use of and experimentation with sound. He divides his artistic production into two lines of work: Looking for the sound through the object and applying concepts drawn from the world of sounds in different artistic mediums in order to reach an image. more ->

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About SomoS

Selected by Artslant Magazine as one of Berlin’s most interesting art project organizations, SomoS Art House provides space and resources for the production, presentation, and reflection of the arts. SomoS’ ever-expanding Artist-in-Residency program and ambitious exhibitions and event schedule allows for unique opportunities with artists, organizers, and curators to realize an array of artistic endeavors.

SomoS’ mission is to create an international open framework for innovative arts, exhibitions, education and creative cooperation.

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Kottbusser Damm 95, 1.OG, 10967 Berlin

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This exhibition is kindly supported by Copy to Go, Berlin.