Bernd Ribbeck and Simon Dybbroe Møller
16 May - 18 Jul 2008
"Here We Stand, Lost in Wonder"
May 16 – July 18, 2008
Opening Reception: Friday, May 16, 6 - 8 pm
Gallery Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 11 - 6
Harris Lieberman is pleased to announce Here We Stand, Lost in Wonder a humble
show about the grandness of it all by Bernd Ribbeck and Simon Dybbroe Møller.
Coming from very different points of departure, the two artists explore painterly
notions of abstraction and gesture. Bernd Ribbeck's icon-like paintings seem as
if in limbo between pure metaphysics and cool knowledge. His work looks
simultaneously old and new, as from a different parallel history and right there
in front of you.
Simon Dybbroe Møller's work depends on the logic of language to arrive at what
could be described as an abstraction of thought. In this exhibition he uses
Ribbeck’s work as a foil for his own, adding simultaneously creative and
destructive impulses. His series of “chandeliers” combine a formalist
sensibility with violent action while his Curtain for Neue Nationalgalerie (No
more Moore), is a playful and humorous gesture where aesthetic, ornamental design
hypothetically negates the ubiquitous presence of Henry Moore’s institutional
sculpture. Dybbroe Møller's 16mm film “Oh Spirit Duplicator, oh Moving Image (No
more dry writing)“ is related to Ribbeck’s paintings and both artists’ interest
in early abstract filmmaking.
The invitation card depicts a postcard of a Barnett Newman painting, folded in
the middle and carried in a back pocket. A careless act which here produces a
crease that blends almost perfectly into the overall sublime composition. The
card with its crease represents the opposing directions of the artists’ work, one
is the framework and the other is the accidental gesture that results from it.
The two artists are playing a version of musical chairs, they either sit down
between the chairs or simply keep running.
Bernd Ribbeck was born in 1974 in Cologne. He graduated from the Kunstakademie
Düsseldorf and currently lives and works in Berlin. His work has been exhibited
at the Bonner Kunstverein, the Bielefelder Kunstverein and the Kunsthalle
Düsseldorf. This summer he will be included in Manifesta in Trentino. This is
his first exhibition in New York.
Simon Dybbroe Møller was born in 1976 in Aarhus, Denmark. He currently lives and
works in New York and Frankfurt am Main where he attended the Städelschule. He
has had recent solo exhibitions at the Aarhus Kunstbygning; westlondonprojects,
London; and the Kunstmuseum Thun. He will be included in the 2008 Torino
Triennale and in 2009 will have solo exhibitions at the Kunstverein Hannover and
the Kunstverein Frankfurt.