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CARBON 12 DUBAI: SURFACE AS INTERFACE AS SURFACE - 16 May 2016 to 15 July 2016

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16 May 2016 to 15 July 2016

CARBON 12 DUBAI
A1 Quoz 1, Street 8, Alserkal Avenue
Warehouse D37
Dubai
P.O. Box 214437
United Arab Emirates
Middle East
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Thomas Arnolds, LUFT7, 2012
Oil on canvas, 115 x 90 cm


Artists in this exhibition: Thomas Arnolds, André Butzer, Bernhard Buhmann, Peles Empire, Gregor Hildebrandt, Mohammed Kazem, Jessica Mein and Ralf Ziervogel


SURFACE AS INTERFACE AS SURFACE

Thomas Arnolds, André Butzer, Bernhard Buhmann, Peles Empire,
Gregor Hildebrandt, Mohammed Kazem, Jessica Mein and Ralf Ziervogel

16th of May — 15th of July, 2016

The contemporary tendency toward abstraction fuels our need for the concrete: as our world becomes increasingly complex each day, our desire for a sensual experience grows. When we think of interfaces, we think of a way to access digital ephemera through screens and simulacra. But isn't every surface an interface and every interface a surface? With Surface as Interface as Surface, Carbon 12 puts the materiality back on the map and chops the meta from the physics. New works from the gallery's artists André Butzer, Bernhard Buhmann and Ralf Ziervogel are shown together for the first time in Dubai along with works by Gregor Hildebrandt, Peles Empire, Jessica Mein, Thomas Arnolds and Mohammed Kazem.

The range of material in the presented works breaks the frame of our classical understanding of two-dimensional practices: Hildebrandt glues video-tapes directly upon the surface in his works while Kazem scratches soundwaves directly on to paper. Both artists create synaesthetic investigations into the analogue, capturing echoes from the past and preserving their memories for a possible future. Mein treats the physical aspects of surface as historical evidence and reassembles it into social commentary. Meanwhile, Empire uses literary sources to map out urban territory—the similarity in their works lies in the quality of visualizing complex connections.

The mundanity of putting paint on canvas becomes a literal material matter in the works of Buhmann, Ziervogel, Butzer and Arnolds. The moment where the material begins to speak a voice on its own oscillates between the point of total abstraction and material reality. In different layers, all of the four artists create dialogues between artist, work and viewer: the surfaces of the physical objects reflect not only their physical (redundant) material quality, but they indeed create narratives on their own. Whether it be Butzer's series showing a radical visual reduction to point zero, Buhmann's work of lyrical plays with formal romanticism, or Arnolds' and Ziervogel's challenging the limits of abstraction and perception simultaneously—it is the material that matters because the matters are material.

Seen through this lens, every picture is an image and every image is intentional. Every material has a function and every function incorporates ideology: the surface becomes the interface; the interface becomes the surface. Surface as Interface as Surface marks a turn in the contemporary approach toward material. The essential substances and elements are released from their conceptual cages and are freed from being purely mediating aspects. See behind, see through, see yourself: 16th of May, 2016

Thomas Arnolds (b. 1975, Germany), André Butzer (b. 1973, Germany), Bernhard Buhmann (b. 1979, Austria), Peles Empire - collaborative work by Katharina Stöver (b. 1982, Germany) & Barbara Wolff (b. 1980, Romania), Gregor Hildebrandt (b. 1974, Germany), Mohammed Kazem (b. 1969, UAE), Jessica Mein (b. 1975, Brazil) & Ralf Ziervogel (b. 1975, Germany)









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