Because the world is round, it turns me on l Curated by Clara Meister
Group Show l Jason Dodge, Hadley+Maxwell, Marine Hugonnier, Cyrill Lachauer, Maria Loboda, Kate Newby, Anri Sala, Tony Just, Zinny & Maidagan
14. November - 11 January, 2013
The world moves - it whirls and turns. The title playfully extends this thought through the phrase "it turns me on" hinting at our attraction to the world and that it actually also moves us. The exhibition circles around different ways of perceiving one's surroundings. Thus it questions how we localize ourselves in it or not and how it relates to itself and to us. The playful measurements and observations of landscapes (in the widest sense) lead not only to a reflection of these environments, but also mirror a perception of the observer himself and suggests changes in his perspective. The shown works have in common their relation to nature, articulating themselves through themes such as water, coast lines, and abstracted horizons or using natural objects like clay and plants.
New Zealand born artist Kate Newby puts her works in a direct relation with the surroundings, often using outdoor situations and objects, which she discovers in the vicinity of the exhibition space. The wind chimes of Let the other thing in (2012) welcome the visitors, filling the courtyard of the gallery with the play between the chimes and the Berlin breeze while simultaneously connecting the gallery to the outside. Hadley+Maxwell's figurine Who (2011) is the only seemingly anthropomorphic position in the exhibition and displays the view of the onlooker. Kept in a lingering examination with its own placement in the space, the work constantly negotiates its surrounding and the works within it. Dolores Zinny & Juan Maidagan's fabric paintings Thirteen paintings, studies of horizon's line (2013) are based on the concrete measurements of a high plateau in Argentina, the home country of the artist couple. The only thing with which the individual can relate to is the horizon. The vast landscape creates a feeling of deep solitude and a state of self- centering, as there are no other visible reference clues. The installation Lights at the height of dogs' eyes. the mourners by Jason Dodge retains the moment of the first encounter of two dogs when their eyes interlock creating an uncanny presence and connection in the space by putting liveliness in things, in this case simple light bulbs. The photograph Untitled (cactus_II) (2011) by Anri Sala shows the Blue Agave, the plant from which tequila is made. It shimmers as if seen in intoxication and it is thus mirroring an internal state. In Maria Loboda's Oh, Wilderness (2009) three branches of birch, pine and cedar are suspended from the gallery's ceiling. The seemingly calm and harmonious impression deceives the visitor, since the mono-cultural trees would destroy each other in nature. The artist forces them into a liaison and creates an entity that would not naturally become one. She translates the surveying of a relationship into the language of plants. Abstract (2005) by Marine Hugonnier are sets of two or more images that work like a collage, aiming to merge spaces to create new ones. Although independent from each other, they are linked by relating to each other. Taken in different parts of the world and than paired in an actual frame, the motives of the Polaroids take a concentrated look on linkages of sceneries. For his artist books Deep Love (2012) and La reine d'alcool (2012) Tony Just pours wine over blank closed notebooks. He then paints in the remaining spaces in different colors and techniques, such as ink and gouache. These untouched shapes are determined by the travel of the wine through the book, he follows the blanks that he finds in an automatic process offering images of inner landscapes. The red serigraph on the brass plates of Cyrill Lachauer's Ring of Fire (2012) is based on the horseshoe shaped area called "ring of fire," where a large number of earthquakes and volcanic eruptions occur in the basin of the Pacific Ocean. Stretched over 40,000 km, it is associated with a nearly continuous series of oceanic trenches and volcanic arcs. The name of this threatening constellation is enforced by the association to one of the most famous country classics by Johnny Cash, telling about the simmering risk of love.
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