QUOVADISKunst & Denker Contemporary, Dusseldorf, 2016
Where are you going? Where will you go? What is the path of the artist? In an evidence and information society such as ours, the old topos of the disenchantment of the world continues to recur. What Max Weber expressed with this formulation in 1919 was his concern about tendencies of rationalization that could be found especially in the sciences. His fear, still abstract at the time, of ceding meaning and being to the logic of reasoning and calculation, gains clarity today against the background of the mechanization of everyday life. Numbers and information are supposed to create transparency and provide insights, but at the same time things - objects as well as bodies - flatten out in this attempt by being presented without gaps.
With QUOVADIS, Kunst & Denker Contemporary brings together artistic positions that subtly articulate the roughness of contemporary events. In different ways, the artists formulate a moment of break: with (art) history, the body, the surface as information carrier. The ambivalent appears as a method of disclosure.
Text: Jonas Schenk
The works are based on images of parts of the skin, face or body that have been transferred to a wax surface in a multi-layer process. The layers result in densifications, hints and dissolutions, which are transformed into delicate abstract forms.