Nicolai Wallner

The Known and the Unknown

07 Jul - 12 Aug 2006

The Known and the Unknown

A group show curated by Jonathan Monk and Claus Robenhagen
From July 7 - August 12 2006

It is a great pleasure for Galleri Nicolai Wallner to present "The Known and the Unknown", a group exhibition that takes place in the gallery during the summer.
"The Known and the Unknown" brings together artists in different ages and career stages. They navigate between the analytical and the intuitive, many of them using the supposedly "dry" and intellectual strategies of conceptual art established in the 1960's. The artists map the area between the known and unknown in a way that fuels the imagination and offer various interpretations.
As shown in Joachim Koester's photo of the magic mirror of Elizabethan sorcerer John Dee or Armin Boehm's strangely apocalyptic pastoral, the span between the known and the unknown can be understood in mystic or even Romantic terms. Like Simon Dybbroe M¿ller's flaring northern lights, they represent a view into an enigmatic netherworld existing on the border of everyday life.
Others work more prosaically with the theme of the exhibition. Pierre Bismuth contrasts the famous and the anonymous in his Finn Rüdinger T-shirts by taking the name of an unknown Dane and dispersing it by print. Daniel Buren's 8,7 cm stripes represent a determined repetition of an already known strategy. Created especially for this exhibition, the work is instantly recognizable as a Buren by some - while others might just enjoy the aesthetics of a rhythmic pattern on the wall.
Both Torben Ribe and artist group A Kassen play with what we see and what we don't see. Torben Ribe's installation shows us works of art in different circumstances; wrapped, from the back or standing on the floor. The artist insists in defining his works as objects. Discrete, blending with their surroundings the works of A Kassen offer rich and humorous stories closing in on the absurd.
Artists in the exhibition include: Torben Ribe (DK), A Kassen (DK), Simon Dybbroe M¿ller (DK), Armin Boehm (DE), Pierre Bismuth (BE), Mathew Sawyer (CA), Ceal Floyer (GB), Ian Wilson (US), Gary Rough (GB), Dan Rees (GB), Isabell Heimerdinger (DE), Joachim Koester (DK), Lawrence Weiner (US), and Daniel Buren (FR).
"The Known and the Unknown" is curated by English artist Jonathan Monk and Claus Robenhagen of Galleri Nicolai Wallner.
We are happy to welcome you in the gallery.
With kind regards,
Galleri Nicolai Wallner

© Isabell Heimerdinger
Love Film (2004)
16mm film loop, 10 min., colour and sound with English subtitles
Edition of 3

Tags: A-Kassen, Pierre Bismuth, Armin Boehm, Daniel Buren, Ceal Floyer, Isabell Heimerdinger, A Kassen, Joachim Koester, Jonathan Monk, Dan Rees, Torben Ribe, Gary Rough, Lawrence Weiner, Ian Wilson