Reflexion und Einfühlung

January 21 to March 31, 2012

Jens Ullrich, 047 (1927), 2011, 200 x 285 cm, Toner auf Papier, Nessel, Holz, Courtesy VAN HORN, Düsseldorf & RECEPTION, Berlin und VG Bildkunst Bonn

Natalie Czech, Il Pleut by Oliver Tepel, 2012, aus der Serie Il pleut by Guillaume Apollinaire, 2012, Acryl auf C-Print, Museumsglas, gerahmt, 85 x 60 cm, Courtesy Katharina Bittel, Hamburg, © Natalie Czech und VG Bild Kunst, Bonn 2012

Alexandra Hopf, The Anonymous Circle 1, 2010, Schwarzweiß Fotografie, 41 x 41 cm, gerahmt, Courtesy Cruise & Callas und Alexandra Hopf

Alexandra Hopf, Future Show, mehrteilige Installation, verschiedene Materialien, Maße variabel, Ausstellungsansicht KAI 10, Foto: © Jonas Gerhard, 2012, Courtesy Cruise & Callas und Alexandra Hopf

Laure Prouvost, Deeper, 2010, Video, 1:25 Min, Installationsansicht KAI 10, Foto: © Jonas Gerhard, 2012, Courtesy MOT INTERNATIONAL, London

Olivia Plender, The Masterpiece - Issue Five, The Road to Ruin, 2006, Bleistift auf Papier, Courtesy die Künstlerin

Reflexion und Einfühlung, Werke von Natalie Czech, Installationsansicht KAI 10, Foto: © KAI 10 und VG Bild Kunst, Bonn 2012

Nashashibi/Skaer, Flash in the Metropolitan, Installationsansicht KAI 10, Foto: © Jonas Gerhard, 2012, Courtesy Lucy Skaer und LUX, London

Laure Prouvost, The Artist, 2010, Filmstill aus Video, Courtesy MOT INTERNATIONAL

Reflexion und Einfühlung, Werke von Jens Ullrich, Installationsansicht KAI 10, Foto: © Jonas Gerhard und VG Bild Kunst, Bonn 2012

Nashashibi/Skaer, Flash in the Metropolitan, 2006, Filmstill aus 16mm Film, Courtesy Rosalind Nashashibi und Lucy Skaer und LUX, London

Lucy Skaer, Leonora (The Joker), 2006, Filmstill aus 16mm Film, Courtesy Lucy Skaer und LUX, London

Natalie Czech, Fragmente KGM #2, 2009, 5-farbiger Siebdruck auf Seide, 94 x 67,3 cm, © Natalie Czech und VG Bild Kunst, Bonn 2012

Reflexion und Einfühlung, Werke von Olivia Plender, Installationsansicht KAI 10, Foto: © Jonas Gerhard, 2012, Courtesy die Künstlerin

Lucy Skaer, Leonora, mehrteilige Installation, Ausstellungsansicht KAI 10, Foto: © Jonas Gerhard, 2012, Courtesy Lucy Skaer und Arts Council Collection, London

Natalie Czech
Alexandra Hopf
Nashashibi/Skaer
Olivia Plender
Laure Prouvost
Lucy Skaer
Jens Ullrich 

Curator: Julia Höner

Since the beginning of the twentieth century artists have been using their art to examine the conditions under which art is produced and perceived. For even longer they have been making use of the wealth of styles and motifs in art history. Art and its context form an inexhaustible pool of material, fertile ground upon which the new flourishes.
The exhibition Reflexion und Einfühlung (Reflection and Empathy) presents the work of seven artists who move with the elegance of flaneurs through the recesses of the system, examining the conditions under which art is made. In their works Natalie Czech, Alexandra Hopf, Nashashibi/Skaer, Olivia Plender, Laure Prouvost, Lucy Skaer and Jens Ullrich look at who produces art, under which conditions it is presented, who participates in semanticizing it, and what kind of aesthetic tools artists have today to invent their own forms. For artists, the process of grounding their goals and tasks in art and its immediate context could be described as reflective and empathic, yet, their entanglement with the promises and pitfalls of making art cannot be called hermetic. Their works could be regarded as a response to a time that is dominated as never before by the simultaneity of inequalities in art, politics, and life. This situation does not permit any objectifying statements about the world as a system of references, or about art itself and the conditions under which it is presented. Instead, the artists in this exhibition convey their subjective perspective of things. The reflection of reality is replaced by the “reality of reflection,” in which the relationships of the pictures to each other and their link to the subject of thought play a role. Artist’s vitae, institutional concepts, and existing works are regarded as unfinished processes that refer to each other and to contemporary art, forming a foundation for a mode of thinking within the infinite space of possibilities.

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