Kunstverein Arnsberg

Public Abstraction, Private Construction

22 Jul - 11 Sep 2011

Maurizio Cattelan, Una domenica a Rivara, 1992. Installation view: Kunstverein Arnsberg, 2011.
Courtesy: Mariano Pichler Collection, Milan
Sebastian Gräfe, Mondscheinwerfer, Arnsberg 2009
Friederike Horbrügger & Fabian Knecht, Sky Paintings, Arnsberg 2010
Sarah Rechberger, Sonnenbecken, Arnsberg, 2010
Museo Aero Solar, Arnsberg 2010
Wilfredo Prieto, Crane, Arnsberg 2011
Public Abstraction, Private Construction (Part II)
22 July - 11 Septemebr 2011

The history of art has developed out of the individual’s capacity for abstraction. "Public Abstraction, Private Construction" explores the mental process of abstraction, using as examples projects in experiential public situations. Through two exhibitions and several actions we will attempt to approach and discuss the notion of abstraction as a perceptual process.

Regardless of how beautiful and exciting an exhibition may be, in comparison to the creative process, it can rarely realize more than a physical level of documentation. Therefore this exhibition project is not so much focused on formalist developments or the pictorial results of abstraction, rather on the method and creative process behind the work of art. For this reason the location of the exhibition is not a gallery or public space, rather it is in the turbulant, idea-filled mind of the artist. The gradual process of seeing, analyzing and understanding the work of art as a product is rarely seen, even though these are significant and decisive moments of artistic resolution.

The question which arises is: when reality influences an artistic position and is reflected through the work of art – can an artistic position in turn alter the perception of reality? Artistic views, procedures and constructions blur the boundaries between public and private, real and absurd, pointless and awesome. They confront us with unexpected encounters, perceptions and experiences. The often remote but common techniques and expressions seen in the exhibition’s works emerge in contrast to everyday situations and systems of order. Abstraction appears as a state, property and condition of seeing as a mental process, allowing new experiences and insights.

Part I
27 Maiy- 10 July 2011
Marco Bruzzone, Burghard, Maurizio Cattelan, Sebastian Gräfe, Friederike Horbrügger & Fabian Knecht, Andreas Kaufmann, Klara Liden, Marco Lulic, Iepe, Nasan Tur, Thomas Wrede

Part II
22 July - 11 September 2011
Nevin Aladag, Peter Coffin, Sebastian Gräfe, Marko Lulic, Wilfredo Prieto, Anri Sala, Armando Andrade Tudela, Anne de Vries, Raul Walch

Part III
Projects, performances and events in the old city:
Daniel Knorr, Via Lewandowsky, Wilfredo Prieto, Sarah Rechberger, Yorgos Sapountzis, Raul Walch

Tags: Nevin Aladag, Armando, Marco Bruzzone, Burghard, Maurizio Cattelan, Peter Coffin, Sebastian Gräfe, Fabian Knecht, Daniel Knorr, Via Lewandowsky, Klara Liden, Marko Lulic, Wilfredo Prieto, Anri Sala, Yorgos Sapountzis, Armando Andrade Tudela, Nasan Tur, Anne de Vries, Raul Walch