Hermes und der Pfau

Jan Timme

21 Oct - 20 Nov 2010

Chapter Two

Hermes und der Pfau is pleased to announce “CHAPTER TWO”, an exhibition of the Berlin-based artist Jan Timme (*1971). In his works, whose notional structure can be best described as elliptic or spiral-like loop, the artist – born in Stuttgart – abridges the tradition of conceptual art of the 1960s and 70s and references precisely adapted to the respectively specific exhibition situation targeting an evolvement of subjective context and denotation coherence through the viewer.

With an inevitable pre-formatting of all things through denotation, Jan Timme operates against the diapositive of aesthetical immediacy and presuppositionless of the aesthetical viewing. The living environmental way of creating semantics in his work can mainly be found in a contextual frame derived from film, advertising or music – enabling the viewer to gain a reflective discourse with his own projection of meaning. The exhibition “CHAPTER TWO” at Hermes und der Pfau comprises, among other things, several posters in the stairway, an engraved Swiss army knife and the song “Life on Mars?” by David Bowie, which can be played on a CD player mounted to a wall. Through “transposition, dislocation and entanglement” (Jens Asthoff) of non-specified objects, the viewer gets involved into the aesthetic constitution of Jan Timme’s works and thus the viewing itself becomes an object of the exhibition.

Jan Timme was born in Stuttgart in 1971; after his graduation at the Hochschule für bildende Künste in Hamburg he currently lives in Berlin. Exhibitions, among others, include haubrokshows, Berlin, “What will it be like in days gone by?” at the Galerie Christian Nagel, Köln (both 2009), “Galerie Christian Nagel, Cologne/Berlin, at Rental, New York, presents “Places and Names” by Mirjam Thomann and Jan Timme” with Mirjam Thomann at the Rental Gallery, New York, “Draw a straight line and follow it” as part of the “UBS Openings: The Long Weekend” at Tate Modern, London (both 2008), ““Everlasting layers of ideas, images, feelings, have fallen upon your brain softly as light. Each succession has seemed to bury all that went before. And yet, in reality, not one has been extinguished.”” with Nairy Baghramian at Kunstverein Nürnberg, “Romantischer Konzeptualismus” at Kunsthalle Nürnberg (both 2007) as well as “Spiralen der Erinnerung” at the Kunstverein in Hamburg (2006). Jan Timme is represented by Galerie Christian Nagel, Cologne / Berlin / Antwerp.

Tags: Nairy Baghramian, Mirjam Thomann, Jan Timme