Shining by Absence

Galería Nogueras Blanchard, Catalonia, Barcelona, 05/26/2009 - 07/25/2009

Xuclà 7


Robert Barry , Becky Beasley , Ulla von Brandenburg , Anne-Lise Coste , Raphael Danke , Alois Godinat , Annette Ruenzler Curator Jacqueline Uhlmann Shining by Absence means as much as ‘present absentness' - something had previously existed, but is now no longer there. This involves a precise moment that is ultimately hardly perceptible and thoughts that flash through the mind, that come and go. All the things I know but of which I am not at the moment thinking – 1:36pm; June 15, 1969: One of the most frequently quoted word works by Robert Barry serves as the inspiration for this group exhibition. The seven artists are dealing with the theme of absence and transform that matter into poetic and frequently ironic ways in installations, pictures or objects. While Barry is one of the avant-garde artists who first dismissed the classical notion of the ‘work of art’ at the end of the 1960s, the young generation (Becky Beasley (*1975), Ulla von Brandenburg (*1974), Anne-Lise Coste (*1973), Raphael Danke (*1972), Alois Godinat (*1978) and Annette Ruenzler (*1968)) developed their own formal language to describe things and phenomena that are not visible at first glance. They evoke a field of tension between objecthood and immateriality in their work. In the process, they reveal the gaze into the peripheral, the ephemeral and the latent – whereby language is a central element. Objects and text pieces arise that articulate an attentive process of thoughts or associations. Producing a sense of frail, ethereal encounter in which the experience of the observer almost relates to the spiritual. Michael Fried calls this moment a religious concept of grace: Presentness is grace. All seven artists address a temporality in which the transience lingers - in the space or in unspoken illusions. With thanks to Office Baroque Gallery, Antwerp, Galerie Johanna Kamm, Berlin, Galerie Sandra Bürgel, Berlin, Sorcha Dallas Gallery, Glasgow, Art: Concept, Paris, Galerie Francesca Pia, Zurich

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