Catching the Light

Corinne Wasmuht, aus der Serie / from the series Menschen im Kunstlicht, 2000
courtesy Kunsthaus NRW Kornelimünster

ASTRID BUSCH, CLEMENS FÜRTLER, EBERHARD HAVEKOST, ANNE KAMINSKY, MISCHA KUBALL, NADIA LICHTIG, URSULA OTT, JAMES TURRELL, CORINNE WASMUHT

Duration: April 13, 2018 to July 7, 2018
Opening: April 12, 2018, 7 pm

The exhibition Catching the Light examines both the representation and direct use of light in today’s art. Its focus lies on the combination of light and movement in the depiction of light effects and in the immediate staging of light in a given space.

150 years ago, the Impressionists around Paul Cézanne had concentrated on the visual perception of their environment and developed means of expression that would correspond to a continually changing and increasingly accelerating world. The artists of the exhibition Catching the Light too render visible the processes of perception, likewise in terms of their temporality. The scope of works on display ranges from paintings, to photographs and video films, to spatial installations.

Up for debate, here, is the question of the (media-induced) relation of visibility and invisibility. This relation, also concerning the social and political space, today takes entirely different forms than it did in the days of the Impressionists.

Catching the Light is likewise an appeal to bear in mind and recall the artistic heritage of painting in the era of advanced media we are in. When the indexical character of photography is predominant in determining art-theoretical concepts of image and space—as quite frequently was the case in the wake of Rosalind Krauss’ Notes on the Index (1977)—then the phenomenal complexity and ambiguity of artworks tend to be reduced to their informational content in the sense of “visual communication”.

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Opening
Thursday, April 12, 2018, 7 pm

Welcome
Monika Schnetkamp, Chairwoman Arthena Foundation

Introduction
Ludwig Seyfarth, Curator of the exhibition