November 28, 2018, 2 pm
Many thanks to the gallery director Andreas Schleicher-Lange introducing our participants to the history, development and concept of SPRÜTH MAGERS and guiding us through the exhibitions “UNHEIL” by John Bock and “ARCHIVMATERIAL / NEW STOP MOTION” by Thomas Demand.
Exhibition Dates: November 24, 2018 – January 19, 2019
Location: SPRÜTH MAGERS Berlin
Opening Hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 11 AM – 6 PM
Address: Oranienburger Straße 18, 10178 Berlin
“The films and mise-en-scène sculptures of John Bock are entanglements of meaning and reality. Incorporating installation, performance and film, Bock’s practice is deliberately devoid of singular specific meaning; rather, his works serve to confuse the boundaries of different genres. Using theatrical, colourful material and experimental language, through the creation of various tableaus, the artist creates alchemical ‘zones’ in which hidden fragments of reality are revealed to the visitor. In recent years, Bock’s practice has become more focused on the medium of film. Incorporating videos of his early live performances, his newer work increasingly includes complex film in which he employs various cinematic styles and techniques. The film extends into the large exhibition hall with a presentation of mise-en-scène sculptures.”
“In the past several years, Thomas Demand has periodically turned his camera away from the models he constructs himself, as content for his well-known photographs, to focus on models he has encountered in the archives and studios of renowned architects. First instigated by the artist’s visits to the John Lautner archives at the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles, Demand’s Model Studies continued with the paper constructions he photographed at the Tokyo studio of Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa (SANAA). Sprüth Magers is pleased to present ARCHIVMATERIAL, the third iteration of Demand’s contemplative series, which concentrates on models by the Viennese artist-architect Hans Hollein. Also on view NEW STOP MOTION, two of the artist’s mesmerizing stop motion animations completed in 2016 and 2018.” (Text excerpts from the press releases by courtesy of SPRÜTH MAGERS)
More information on the SPRÜTH MAGERS Gallery Website.