The exhibition shows five artistic positions from the program of Galerie Almine Rech, Paris/Brussels, where the medium of light is used in very different ways. Works by: Joseph Kosuth, Ange Leccia, Nathaniel Rackowe, Hedi Slimane, James Turrell.
curated by Galerie Almine Rech
Lumiere will show five artistic positions from the program of Galerie Almine Pech, Paris/Brussels, where the medium of light is used in very different ways.
For decades, James Turrell has been addressing the manifold manifestations of natural and artificial light in his work as an artist. Using technically sophisticated projection, Turrell arranges light in rooms in such a way that sometimes the space seems dematerialized, in other cases so that the light gains a sculptural three-dimensionality. There is always an interaction between surfaces, colors, and space, showing the beholder light as an immediate and timeless aesthetic aspect of reality.
Joseph Kosuth, on the other hand, in his installations explores the phenomenon of the production of meaning, and although art is his point of departure, he also includes disciplines such as philosophy, anthropology, and psychoanalysis. His neon-text work Solution of the Riddle (Z&N) was made in the 1980s as part of his remarkable series Zero & Not which addresses Sigmund Freud’s writings.
Ange Leccia’s staging of artificial light in his arrangements, films, and photographs is psychological in a completely different way. He undermines conventional principles of communication as a process by producing images whose atmospheric density has the potential of great cinematographic moments. Arrangements of identical industrial objects in space, often in pairs, produce a depersonalized image of a dialogue reduced to a minimum: their lighting, however, builds up a relationship to the beholder, making the objects seem “alive”, and producing tension.
Nathaniel Rackowe frequently workswith kinetic aspects and light effects that demand from the beholder that he or she move around the installations in order to fully grasp them. The objects’ performative quality directs the subjects’ perception to a degree where a clear division between the two starts to blur. By heightening the physical and psychological experience of space, Rackowe directs our attention to architecture and its ability to help structure human actions.
Hedi Slimane’s bright neon writing Perfect Stranger was a central work of his most recent solo show at Galerie Almine Rech in Paris, and it is linked to his photographic portraits:“The recognition of a perfect stranger in a crowd – like a déjà vu, a movie close-up or a description of a character in a novel. I’ve spent my life documenting perfect strangers. It is also about the construction of an icon, the making of faith and the illusion of community – therefore, the illusion of the life performance and its promises.”
Opening february 2, 2008
Galerie Jan Wentrup
Choriner Strabe 3 - Berlin