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The exhibition DELPHI_Essentials deals with the fundamental repertoire of artistic expressions that is available to the visual author.
Three threads in Philipp Lachenmann’s work exemplify this investigation:
1. An abiding virtual return to the beginnings of art (and the initiation of the artist), to the examination, requirements and nature of the material itself.
2. The application of artistic practice to socio-historical and political narratives.
3. The repudiation of branding strategies and signature styles for art market validation.
As a consequence, the possibility arises to persistently recode and postulate the artistic medium.
In DELPHI_Essentials artistic forms such as sculpture, painting, photography and film are often reduced to their basic elements and reflected upon. At the same time single groups of works are contextually intertwined with each other in a way that they function as a catalyst that makes their peculiarities, components and outlines more apparent.
Eventually, by analysing artistic constructions and putting them back together DELPHI_Essentials can also been seen as a way of a self-dissection of the artist by disclosing his means.
One starting point of DELPHI_Essentials is the single brushstroke, which is verbalized in the Mirror Paintings as spontaneous gesture as well as it is likewise eliminating handwriting in a conceptual way. This alleged discrepancy uses a productive process of alienation in order to give way to a meaningful irritation and an experience of sensuality.
The exhibition is conceived as a exemplary survey of PL’s production for 20 years, including recent work like the Mirror Paintings, the Splash photographs, inspired by Moholy Nagy’s Telephone Paintings, Mirror Sandbox, the sculptural installation of a sandbox with iconic three-dimensional works; and the video installation DELPHI Rationale which leads the viewer into an expanding space of thought dealing with the current ambitious project of discovering the origins of physical matter.
The title DELPHI_Essentials refers to “Delphi” as place and oracle, alluding to the origins of the conveyed (self-) knowledge and to the notion of art as the “center of the world”. The relation to antiquity and its mythology furthermore implies the crucial themes of the exhibition as “beginning & translation” and its wider meanings change, transformation, transition and echo.
“In myths dating to the classical period of Ancient Greece, Zeus determined the site of Delphi when he sought to find the centre of his “Grandmother Earth” (Gaia). He sent two eagles flying from the eastern and western extremities, and the path of the eagles crossed over Delphi where the omphalos, or navel of Gaia was found” (Wikipedia on ‘Delphi’).
Infact in Lachenmann’s understanding the artist’s practice at best incorporates a dualistic approach, representing simultaneously both eagles, on their way to what better be called the “black hole of ratio”.
Philipp Lachenmann (*1963 Munich, lives in Berlin) studied film at Munich’s Academy for Film and Television HFF and art history & philosophy at the Ludwig Maximilians University. He received several scholarships and grants, e.g. 1998 German Academic Exchange Program (DAAD) for New York, 2003 the Villa Aurora grant in Los Angeles, and 2012 the Villa Massimo in Rome.
Selected exhibitions: Museum K21, Düsseldorf – Transmediale, Berlin – Reina Sofia, Madrid – Shanghai Biennale – Nationalgalerie at Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin – Deichtorhallen, Hamburg. Screenings: MIT Short Film Festival, Boston – IFFR International Filmfestival, Rotterdam – SIFF Seattle International Film Festival – SFIFF San Francisco International Film Festival – NYFF New York Film Festival – HKIFF Hongkong International Film Festival
- Born:出生: Munich, Germany, 1963
- Lives & Works:居住并工作 Berlin and Los Angeles
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