Freitag 17.02.2012, 18:00
Carl Andre, John M Armleder, Ian Anüll, Willy Guhl, Bernhard Hegglin, Swantje Hielscher, Tom Holmes, Bruno Jakob, Thomas Julier, Jan Kiefer, Imi Knoebel, Josh Kolbo, Quinn Latimer, Olivier Mosset, Grazia Conti Rossini Schifferli, Oscar Tuazon, Marco Carl Zanini.
Monochromatic painting is one of the idioms of modern art. Simply speaking it has coined the focus toward the painting material itself. The actual physical material and the way it is processed refer to an intellectual process, an argumentation that legitimates the painting, its form and therefore its appearance. The references and the common argumentation of a straight line from Malewitch to Minimalism are historicized and are less relevant for this exhibition, which will only show works and design objects which have a monochromatic surface. The precept of exhibiting monochrome objects lies within the urge to establish a common thread apart from subject matter that is inherent to each individual work. The focus is clearly on the materialistic object itself. Thus not negating the context and the conceptual framework of each work, but reenforcing individual concepts and seeing them in parallel. The common denominator of a monochromatic surface or appearance allows an irrational and intuitively chosen collection of objects and works, which can not and do not have to be debated at first hand. This might allow different contexts and conceptual frameworks to overlap. It leaves freedom in terms of the objects presence and is clearly linked to a strong feeling of wanting to show objects. A focus on the materialistic presence of an object and its inherent concepts. A certain work might look good with another work, which do only have something in common at first sight.
Since T-Model Ford, the monochromatic is a standard for efficient industrial production. As Henry Ford stated: “Any customer can have a car painted any colour that he wants so long as it is black”. This simple statement about the decision on the surface of an industrially produced object is part of the legitimation or reason for the appearance of this certain object. It is a part of an industrial concept. It reflects in basic terms part of an inherent concept and its transformation into material and vice versa.
Leaving the didactic notion of the beginning of this statement behind we want to bring monochromatic objects into one room. They will be installed as a showroom referring to a collectors home. The matter of fact legitimating them to be installed together is monochrome.
Performance by: Benedikt Schiefer (composer & soundartist)
AKUSMONIE, live elektronic performance, (monochrome) soundscape
Schiefer’s oeuvre embraces compositions with or without Live-Electronics for soloists, ensembles and orchestra, as well as electro acoustic or acousmatic music and its diffusion and spatialisation. In his producing, he draws attention to the assignment on perception and its phenomena, which thereby extends from auditory, audio-visual to performative realms and collaborations.