Dodge's works can be compared to the act of reading. Just as novels evoke certain ideas in the reader the remaining objects are fragments of possible narratives. Their connection is never linear but opens up space for associations. The objects function as carefully deliberated impulses designed to inspire the viewer's imagination and trigger a sensation of longing. Matthias Bitzer combines sculpture, wall drawing and installation to form an experience space of history.
I woke up.
There was a note in my pocket
explaining what had happened.
It is often merely a few objects Jason Dodge sets into relation with a title in order to suggest an obscure story. His works seem rudimentary, incomplete, yet the combination of every day objects, materials that appear in fairy tales such as silver, a diamond, a golden ring or hemlock which immediately evokes the cup lead the viewer into a tightly knit web of allusions. Its denouement, however, always lies in the past or can only take place in the viewer’s imagination.
Those objects appearing as „leftovers“ and indications are always subjected to the artist’s careful aesthetic choice. With every story he tells, Jason Dodge places a piece of art in the space. This combination of concept and sensuality creates the field of poetic tension between a fairy tale’s narrative structure and the question of the consummate piece of art in which Jason Dodge’s works are positioned.
Jason Dodge’s works can be compared to the act of reading. Just as novels or poems evoke certain ideas in the reader the remaining objects are fragments of possible narratives. Their connection is never linear but opens up space for associations. The objects function as carefully deliberated impulses designed to inspire the viewer’s imagination and trigger a sensation of longing.
For the first time, Jason Dodge will combine the singular stories and romantic asociations suggested by the everyday objects and materials to form one large literary concept. A poetic text by the artist on the walls of the exhibition space will be the combining element of the works and rooms.
Matthias Bitzer – Palimpsest
Matthias Bitzer combines sculpture, wall drawing and installation to form an experience space of history. The works are positioned in the tension field between abstract and figurative imaging techniques that overlay each other and turn into a new form in space. Starting from portraits of persons at the periphery of history such as poet and artist Mina Loy (1882–1966) or author and Dada-co-founder Emmy Ball-Hennings (1885–1948), he translates the view on the past to a new layer of visual perception.
Abstract geometrical forms seem to dissolve the historical references and translate them into complex spacial concepts: wall drawings and architectural interventions are fragmented continuations of the paintings, sculptures and drawings in the exhibitions space. The isolated sets melt together in a magical and mystic imagery that nourishes the notion of painting as a form of materialized time perception.
Opening Friday, February 5, 2010, 8pm
Sophienstrasse 2 - 30159 Hannover
Tue.-Sat. 12-19 h, Sundays and Holiday 11-19 h
Entrance fee: Euro 4,-/3,- (reduced)
Wednesdays after 4 pm
Sundays from 11 am