Magali Reus

Den Haag, 1981

Born in Den Haag, The Netherlands, in 1981, she lives and works in London. She studied at the Rijksakademie van der Beeldende Kunsten in Amsterdam and then at Goldsmiths College in London.

She has held numerous collective and individual exhibitions among which we highlight in 2018: As mist, description, South London Gallery, UK in 2017 Hot Cottons, Bergen Kunsthall, Bergen, Norway, in 2017 Night Plants, Kunstmuseum St. Gallen, St. Gallen, Switzerland or in 2016 Mustard, The Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, NL.

Her work is always presented as logical and orderly, most of the time clinical to the point of being soulless. She works with installations that are afflicted with a sculptural legacy and revolve around an idea of the compartmentalization of life and everyday living that Reus presents us by making us look closely at the spaces we inhabit. She does this by directing our gaze directly towards everyday objects such as flower pots, coat hangers, toilet paper, kitchen pots… Spaces, or rather, habitability mechanisms that she turns into pieces of a jigsaw.

She brings order to these objects for us because, in addition, she works with systems of placement and organization, with modules and patterns of colours. On top of everything, Reus presents a formal influence of the industrial, the often factory finishes; those that are functional and decorative and combine with what we have previously lived through and that which is familiar.