Paper Chase. The show focuses on the use of a most everyday material-paper-transformed into an artistic medium. Like the painter's white canvas, a blank sheet of paper is a slate waiting to be written on, or in this case, cut up, shaped, and given a more complex meaning. Gianni Caravaggio, Tony Feher, Arturo Herrera, Stefan Saffer, Yuken Teruya, Stefan Thiel.
mullerdechiara is pleased to announce the opening of the upcoming exhibition, 'Schnipseljagd'-Paper Chase.
The show focuses on the use of a most everyday material-paper-transformed into an artistic medium. Like the painter's white canvas, a blank sheet of paper is a slate waiting to be written on, or in this case, cut up, shaped, and given a more complex meaning.
The ephemerality of the material stands in contrast to many other artistic media, and the artists language itself reinforces this. We eat hamburgers and kabobs from paper containers, clean our kitchens, bathrooms and bodies with it. Paper is disposable and made to be thrown away, and if for some reason we do keep it, it is because of the words and pictures (and even artwork) on it. We keep paper for its content, not because of its Paperness.
But what happens if the paper itself is given meaning? Instead of putting a visual or linguistic code onto a blank receptive material, this empty flat thing has itself been transformed into unflat sculptures, into cut outs which tell a story, or into arrangements whose aesthetic sum is far greater than its parts. The result is something decidedly unempty, whose full coded meaning is achieved not by the transfer of an external text, but only by the reworking of itself through the technical skills of the artist.
Each of the artists in 'Schnipseljagd'-Paper Chase, explore the medium of paper in very different ways. Stefan Thiel's figurative cut-outs suggest a contemporary narrative language; Stefan Saffer discovers a network of forms in his abstract cut-outs; Arturo Herrera combines collaged fragmented images of Pop culture which shift into abstraction; Yuken Teruya finely carves out small tree shapes inside chain store shopping bags; Gianni Caravaggio slices away from a mass of paper to create a form defined by negative space; and Tony Feher arranges fast food containers into subtle aesthetic sculptural installations.
opening: november 14th, 7 pm
exhibition: november 15th - december 22nd, tue - sat 12 - 7 pm
For further information, or if you have any questions, please contact Matthieu BlÃ¨s or Laurie De Chiara. Tel.: +49-30-39032040
Image: Gianni Caravaggio, Solamente, 2001
Weydinger Strasse 10
Tue - Sat 12pm - 7pm