FÜR EINE WEILE , WER WEISS WIE LANGE
For a while, who knows how long
The Schattendorf Kunstverein asked me to curate an exhibition dealing with photography. I decided to extend the term of photography into other fields.
The idea of a blink of an eye that produces an image without any external apparatus is a utopian idea that accompanies me since a long time.
In that sense I see the macadam fragment by Sonia Leimer as a photo, a found image in urbanity like a moment torn from time, a time fragment. Her silkscreen print on thermal insulation blanket shows one of the failed images of the satellite that NASA sent into space in 1959 to scan the planet earth.
Nicolas Jasmin’s five black track-list paintings mirror the length of a song and the speed of photons, high concentrated light particles, laser beams with which they are produced. A hybrid between painting and photography where the painted background is etched by laser. A painting from another body of work is also shown; it is a single piece from the series titled PNAM using the same method.
Nick Oberthaler’s steel board piece merges the reflection of the viewer and the self portrait of the maker double mirroring the outside world while he is standing somehow in the space of his own work.
For this project I show a series of portraits and a photogram. The portraits are inspired by Renaissance iconography and are printed on high fragile ultra violet resistant silk tissue paper. In the photogram analog and digital photography come together as much as the manipulation of the object that was produced for the photogram. The conventionally on photo paper printed photogram is shown as an inkjet print. The mutations resulting from my experimenting in perverting photography lead my interest.
The performance of Sonia Leimer and myself picks up on a situation from the year 1999 where Franz West covered the surface of a table with gaffer tapes together with an American gallerist. This is not meant as a reenactment but an action upon Franz West’s instruction that can be done by anyone. The result ends on the wall. The ephemeral aspect of it relates to the title of this exhibition, ‘For a while, who knows how long’. It remains open what this object is. The misleading or question whether this is a piece of art or not reinforces my claim that there is no art without misunderstanding.
Marina Faust, July 2014