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Ralf Ziervogel

As If

29 Sep 2018 - 27 Jan 2019

Ralf Ziervogel, as if, installation view at Deichtorhallen Sammlung Falckenberg, Hamburg, 2018. From left to right:
UL, 2015l, gouache and ink on paper, 55.1 x 128.7′′ (140 x 327 cm)
Immobilie, 2004, ink on paper, 263.2 x 141.7′′ (668,5 x 360 cm)
Caput II, 2015, gouache and ink on paper, 121.2 x 55.1′′ (308 x 140 cm)
untitled, 2001–2006, adhesive tape, 13.4 x diameter 48′′ (34 x Durchmesser 122 cm)
Eskimolied, 2016-18, gouache and ink on paper, each 10.2 x 7.1′′ (26 x 18 cm)
Deichtorhallen Sammlung Falckenberg Hamburg and courtesy the artist
Photo: Henning Rogge
Ralf Ziervogel, as if, installation view at Deichtorhallen Sammlung Falckenberg, Hamburg, 2018. From left to right:
ARE II / Akt, 2012, ink on paper, each 59.4 x 149.6′′ (151 x 380), Deichtorhallen Sammlung Falckenberg Hamburg
as if, 2018, ink on paper, 55.1 x 119.7′′ (140 x 304 cm), courtesy the artist
Der Kaktus hat recht, 2004, ink on paper, 55.1 x 200′′ (140 x 508 cm), Deichtorhallen Sammlung Falckenberg Hamburg
Di / Aeltern, 2007, ink on paper, each 144.5 x 55.1′′ (367 x 140 cm), Deichtorhallen Sammlung Falckenberg Hamburg
Photo: Henning Rogge
Ralf Ziervogel, Nach 20 Uhr noch weggehen, 2017 (Detail)
Ink on paper, 140 cm x 276 cm
Photo: Werner Hettler
© Ralf Ziervogel/VG Bild-Kunst Bonn 2018
Ralf Ziervogel, Nach 20 Uhr noch weggehen, 2017 (Detail)
Ink on paper, 140 cm x 276 cm
Photo: Werner Hettler
© Ralf Ziervogel/VG Bild-Kunst Bonn 2018
Ralf Ziervogel, Artist Architect, 2015
Gouache and ink on paper, 115 cm x 201 cm
Private Collection Frankfurt am Main
Photo: Ralf Lenk Scancolor Leipzig
© Ralf Ziervogel/VG Bild-Kunst Bonn 2018
Ralf Ziervogel, Disorder Prelude V, 2017
Gouache and ink on paper, 140 cm x 279,5 cm
Courtesy Ralf Ziervogel
Photo: Werner Hettler
© Ralf Ziervogel/VG Bild-Kunst Bonn 2018
Ralf Ziervogel, Duisburg, 2015
Gouache and ink on paper, 140 cm x 310 cm
Courtesy Ralf Ziervogel
Photo: Ralf Lenk Scancolor Leipzig
© Ralf Ziervogel/VG Bild-Kunst Bonn 2018
Ralf Ziervogel, as if, 2018
Ink on paper, 140 cm x 304 cm
Photo: Werner Hettler
© Ralf Ziervogel/VG Bild-Kunst Bonn 2018
Ralf Ziervogel, Ech, 2016 (Detail)
Gouache and ink on paper, 140 cm x 288 cm
© Ralf Ziervogel/VG Bild-Kunst Bonn, 2018
Ralf Ziervogel, Ech, 2016 (Detail)
Gouache and ink on paper, 140 cm x 288 cm
© Ralf Ziervogel/VG Bild-Kunst Bonn, 2018
Ralf Ziervogel
AS IF
29 Sep 2018 - 27 Jan 2019

From 29 September 2018 to 27 January 2019, the Deichtorhallen Hamburg will present RALF ZIERVOGEL: AS IF at the Falckenberg Collection, the largest solo exhibition by the Berlin-based artist, who is best known for his oversized, often drastic drawings. Conceived in close collaboration with Ralf Ziervogel (*1975), the show presents some 130 works across three floors, including large and small-scale drawings, videos, and installations.

Sensational subjects are spread across Ralf Ziervogel’s sheets of paper spanning up to ten meters in length: without preliminary sketches, ink drawings depict palm-sized figures in extreme physical situations: they are bound, entangled, and knotted. These are delicate, complex drawings that show predominantly human bodies forming monochrome, ornamental webs. In Ziervogel’s works, bodies become split beings that reflect all conceivable metamorphoses of human existence while also encountering its limits.

Ziervogel has been working on a series of body prints since 2014: composed of fragmentary impressions in black gouache, the result is a new dynamic body on sheets of paper up to five meters long. Every movement, every impression and smear on the paper is accompanied by handwritten texts composed by the artist, which stretch across the black impressions like a spider’s web, forming a second level of the works. The new works seem more abstract and reduced to a minimalist formal language that simultaneously suggests movement and calm.

The consistency of the subject matter results in three-dimensional works that are developed over the course of years or even decades. They are Ziervogel’s utopias, crafted as sculptures or installations. Enormous buildings and small test facilities demonstrate how an idea can be implemented with all the means available today. Key works in this regard are also the videos from between 2001 and 2004, which can be understood as short, affective descriptions of emotions and a system of reference.

Ralf Ziervogel’s works have been shown at the art and architecture exhibitions of the Venice Biennale as well as the Kunsthalle Wien, the Museum of Modern Art in New York and Fort Worth, Texas, the Kunsthalle Düsseldorf, the Deste Foundation in Athens, La Maison Rouge in Paris, and the Pinakothek der Moderne in Munich, among other venues.

Please note that some of the works displayed may not be suitable for young people under the age of 18.
 

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