CHOI&LAGER Gallery: Sebastian Buerkner & Volker Eichelmann - "Zur Zeit der Anderen" / "In the Time of Others" - 3 Sept 2015 to 18 Dec 2015
Active Regions in Seth (released 1st July 2015, 7pm, European Space Agency)
Sebastian Buerkner & Volker Eichelmann
"Zur Zeit der Anderen" / "In the Time of Others"
Private View 03. September 2015 - 7.00 pm
With their exhibition “In the Time of Others“, Volker Eichelmann and Sebastian Buerkner open a portal through time. With different approaches, both artists create new perspectives on the past, present and future through art.
For his large scale collages, Eichelmann (born. 1973) uses fragmented reproductions of the famous ancient sculpture known as the Belvedere Torso.
The German art historian Johann Joachim Winckelmann declares the sculpture as one of the three most important for Greek ancient Art. Having a passion for the sculpture and its time, Winckelmann published his book History of Ancient Art“ in 1764 and became one of the most influential German art historians at his time.
Eichelmann shares a passion for the partly-destroyed sculpture which Winckelmann saw as the perfection of beauty. During his research, the historian disassembles and reassembles the body over and over again. Eichelmann adopts this process of appearance and disappearance into his own work process. In doing so, the sculpture is presented at different states (times) in his collages. The artist includes its genesis (200 – 50 BC), its appreciation through Winckelmann during the 18th Century, the reproduction of the artwork in books and postcards during the 19th and 20th Century and the time period of his own fixation on the sculpture.
The London-based artist Sebastian Buerkner (born. 1975) creates immersive and surreal sequences in his digitally-animated artworks, discussing the interplay between hyper real paintings and fey surrealism.
Using an abstract flow of images, he dissects the representation of individual memory and cognition and emphasizes their sensory unreliability. Including a subversive narrative structure, Buerkner’s work addresses itself to the association-capacity and individual experiences of the viewer.
In many of his works, Buerkner invites his audience into a three-dimensional virtual amusement park. Navigating through its labyrinthine structure, the viewer is beset by sounds, colours and fragmented dialogs; a deliberate sensory-overload that enables the viewer to create their own free-association narrative.
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