Monochromatic Muralism l Pablo Rasgado
12. September - 27. October, 2012
A maze-like structure, which occupies the entire gallery room, Monochromatic Muralism is an installation built out of drywall panels recuperated from several museums and exhibition spaces in Berlin. In Monochromatic Muralism fragments of walls left over from exhibitions at Kunst Werke, Hamburger Bahnhof, The Berlin Bien- nial and the Historische Museum have been reconfigured by the artist into two body of works; On one hand, a group of site specific sculptures which situate themselves between the boundaries of the architectonic and the pictorial, and on the other a series of flat rectangular formats, which in scale and composition reference abstract paintings. Having originally been used to create three-dimensional spaces, Rasgado’s two-dimensional re-struc- turing of the found drywall performs an“unfolding“ of the previous temporary architecture; “a large-scale, origami in reverse".
In the words of the curator Tobias Ostrander: “Rasgado’s post-conceptual approach celebrates the accidents, coincidence and chance involved in the use of found, everyday materials. His configurations are not devoid of aesthetic choices, but rather celebrate the limits imposed on these decisions through the use of pre-existing forms. Re-contextualization also plays a strong role in this practice, with new meanings as these materials move from one physical and temporal place to another.
Each piece evidence their previous contexts, displaying a variety of decisions taken in the design the exhibitions of which they were the physical support; such as the various colors of the walls, vinyl or photographic murals used, or the fonts engaged in the wall labels.
These elements are often involved in curatorial and exhibition design strategies that consciously or unconsciously present museum spaces as atemporal, conveying permanence or the feeling of a space outside of everyday time. The pieces by Rasgado deconstruct this temporal structure, revealing museum spaces as ephemeral, in constant change, with each exhibition having its own lifespan.”
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