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Unit 10, Vanguard Court, SE5 8QT, London, United Kingdom
Open: Thu-Sat 12-6pm & by appointment


Vikenti Komitski & Aaron Roth: Dreams Are Made Of This

ZÉRUÌ, London

Sat 3 Jun 2023 to Fri 14 Jul 2023

Unit 10, Vanguard Court, SE5 8QT Vikenti Komitski & Aaron Roth: Dreams Are Made Of This

Thu-Sat 12-6pm & by appointment

Artists: Vikenti Komitski - Aaron Roth

ZÉRUÌ presents Dreams Are Made of This, a duo exhibition by the Bulgarian artist Vikenti Komitski and American artist Aaron Roth. This exhibition highlights the ecological and social issues related to extraction, recycling, and disposal, as an attempt to deconstruct the digital-image world. Featuring paintings, objects, and installations by the two artists. The different bodies of works delve into the fantasies and desires that are transmitted through the virtual world, as mediated by technology, and the economic cycles and power dynamics that surround it. The show serves as a reminder that our reality is seen through technology, but it is also these very technologies that distract us from perceiving certain aspects of reality. By deconstructing the mechanisms of this bias, we can move beyond the dualistic understanding of the natural and technological.


Vikenti Komitski

Metal, found objects

60 × 94 × 8 cm

Aaron Roth

Plexiglass print with metal scaffold

96 × 250 × 4 cm

Aaron Roth

Oil on canvas with artist frame

150 × 190 × 4 cm

Aaron Roth

Upholstery leather, oil on canvas

120 × 180 × 6 cm

Vikenti Komitski

Metal, minerals

25 × 100 × 16 cm

Vikenti Komitski

Found objects, mix media

40 × 72 × 24 cm

Installation Views

The exhibition serves as a powerful reminder that our perception of reality is shaped by technology, while simultaneously acknowledging that these very technologies can distract us from certain aspects of the world around us. By deconstructing the mechanisms that create this bias, we can transcend the dichotomy between the natural and the technological.

Vikenti Komitski's bodies of work showcased in this exhibition involve the skillful incorporation of found objects, including remnants of computer hard drives and mechanical components. These elements are combined with raw materials commonly used in electronic device production, such as pyrite, cobalt, and other raw metals and minerals. The resulting pieces evoke a sense of being both half-organic and half-alien technology, underscoring the interdependence of the digital realm on a physical structure comprised of earth-mined metals and minerals.

Aaron Roth's artistic practice delves deep into the exploration of found images and objects associated with Bulgarian Pop folk (Chalga), contemporary history, and socio-political issues. His work serves as a thought-provoking investigation into the intricate connections between these cultural artifacts and the relentless pursuit of capital accumulation, which finds expression in the realm of luxury goods entangled with resource extraction and political power.

Beneath the deceptive allure of counterfeit opulence lies a concealed residue woven into these digital images, unveiling the enduring repercussions of extractive practices. The artwork unveils a digital sludge, a tangible consequence and byproduct of such practices. An evocative example is portrayed through a painting depicting Kadyrov's Prada monolith combat boots, symbolizing the sacrifices made by soldiers. The truth behind this imagery is only revealed upon closer inspection, as if zooming in provides access to a hidden reality. Similarly, the choice of air conditioning units sourced from a land cruiser, adorned with leather upholstery reminiscent of casinos, stands as a symbol of technological advancements cleverly utilized as tools for the extraction of wealth.

Through this new body of work, both artists communicate the potential falsehoods associated with progress. Aaron Roth employs the contextual motif of automobiles, promising luxury and comfort through the latest technologies. In stark contrast, Vikenti Komitski utilizes the image of discarded electronic devices from a defunct EU project, destined for destruction, to extract their precious metals. These objects, despite their attempts to convey sophistication, ultimately reveal their obsolescence while remaining undeniably real.


Installation views \'Dreams Are Made of This\'. Courtesy of the artists and ZÉRUÌ, London

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