Ilke Gers’ project Leg Up, Hand Down develops investigations into communication networks and practices in public space, and how they function as signs and symbols for movement, behavior and circulation. The work originates from research into abandoned billboard structures in Athens and Bucharest. These can be seen as monuments of economic downturns and predatory capitalism suffered in countries where sudden shifts in political systems took place.
Drawings in two - dimensional space expand this investigation of structural systems for communication and behavior in public space – as if presenting a new imaginative space for the flat surfaces for displaying messages – the purpose of billboard constructions. The drawings include language forms, playing with the overlap of letters, signs and architectural elements of the buildings that house billboards. Expanded compositions interact with the structure and folds of recycled cardboard boxes, which overlap, connect, and break apart as a patchwork of individual pieces suggesting a continuous surface.
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