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Sebastian Biskup, Peter Feigenbaum and Filip Zorzor
May 31-July 21, 2012
Opening reception: May 31, 2012, 7-10pm
What unites the computer game Duke Nukem, a derelict Latium factory and the German tabloid Bild? In the group exhibition Building/Constructing they are utilised as starting points for a meditation on the hyperreality of our built environment. Abstract silkscreens resemble eerie constructivist urban plans, backdrops of 90â€™s computer games serve as blueprints for architectural models of dereliction, and a residency in Latium inspired Romanticist meditations on the potentially pernicious effect of the built environment.
Guest artist Peter Feigenbaum (b. 1984, Massachusetts, lives and works in New York) draws on vaguely remembered episodes of teenage encounters with New York City. Feigenbaumâ€™s models combine half-remembered visual snapshots of the cityâ€™s decaying tenements with imagery appropriated from 90â€™s computer games to form a dystopian fictional neighbourhood. Feigenbaumâ€™s pieces are above all a meditation on the cultural remnants of the 1990â€™s, viewed through the lens of an individualâ€™s hazy recollections. They serve as a reminder that all memories are constructions.
Filip Zorzorâ€™s abstract paintings (b. 1974, Romania, lives and works Berlin) are based on the built environment and urban structures. His most recent works, inspired by his stay in Latium, Italy â€“ a part of his Villa Serpentara residencyâ€“ contraposes amorphous organic forms with repetitive, structural forms which reflect the urban environment. The pieces reference the Olevanon landscape which he describes as â€ścultivated and spoiled landscape,â€ť and indeed the paintings elements allude to an unresolved struggle for territory.
Sebastian Biskupâ€™s silkscreens are formal explorations of tabloid compositions, rendering appropriated subject matter as an abstract composition. The titles reference the dates of publication, but beyond that, there is nothing in the work itself which hints at his origin. The artistâ€™s (b. 1977 in Minden/Westfalen, lives and works Berlin) investigation empties the publication of content: it is rendered silent, inscrutable, a vast remove to its mass-cultural origin. Formally, the silkscreens resemble a constructivist exploration of space and composition â€“ despite their origins, they appear as 2-D renderings of architectural space.
The exhibition runs from May 31st to July 21st 2012 at galerie OPEN by Alexandra Rockelmann, Legiendamm 18-20, 10179 Berlin, exhibition opening on Thursday, 31st May at 7 pm
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