Michael Hakimi: Neocoins (3 stars)

Michael Hakimi: Neocoins

Photo: Jean-Pierre Stoop


Berlin-based artist Michael Hakimi exhibits large monochromatic computer generated prints on paper, blown up old-school viewfinders, MDF structures and an object’s aura captured on canvas. Hakimi’s work develops through a process of formal reduction. He uses his urban landscape as a resource device, as if constantly sat on his balcony with a telescope, recording snapshots as he zooms in and out. He picks out geometric forms, rotates them and manipulates segments, which then materialise into new matter. This scopophilia becomes a private currency – an exchange where both consumption and production happen through mere observation.

While his 2D images are well rendered through CGI, his 3D works acquire a natural chiaroscuro by means of the changing light conditions in the gallery space. The works sit very comfortably within their environment. In fact, they seem hyper-aware of themselves, as if practising a type of meditation – their wooden fibres vibrating on a special new frequency: very alert, yet very much in need of their white cubesque locale. ‘Modified Driving Directions to the Junk-Yard in Wedding’ was observed from afar, but ‘24,99’ (depicting the outline of a price tag) must have required the artist to nip down to the shops, because some exchange has demanded the use of real coins to the value of €24,99 Euros. As a viewer, you have to work a little bit, but the results are quite rewarding.

Mary Mary, Glasgow, until Sat 28 Mar


  • 3 stars

New show of collected sculptural pieces and works on paper by Michael Hakimi, examining the narrative potential of basic geometric forms found in urban spaces: price tags, street maps and satellite dishes.

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