We live in ambivalent times in regard to the ‘bodily’ – on the one hand we experience a constant drift into the digital/virtual that encompasses all areas of life; on the other hand there is at once an increase in this longing for ‘real-ness’, tangibleness and sensation that almost takes a manic streak.
It is interesting to see how a ‘figurative’ language reappears in many artistic expressions these days without shying away from dealing with the ‘physical’ as such. One can observe a backlash of ‘figurative painting’ as well as a renaissance of performative practice in recent years. The human body in its ‘perceptibility’ and as an ‘acting’ and charged subject/object stands always in focus hereby. Until recently the field of sculpture has seen a discourse in which rather works based on conceptual, material-induced, abstract-enigmatic, assemblage-like, or ready-made ideas were in foreground and that were debated through their context.
But where does the current want for an ostensibly old-fashioned and overcome form come from? This desire to create something, to form and to interweave it tightly with concepts of liveliness? It shouldn’t take too much wonder since sculpture has been the medium to depict the human body ever since.
I have once read: sculpture is longing. I really like this statement as it is very simple on the one hand and on the other hand also just very true. Sculptures soothe our longing for the physical, the directly perceptible beyond the omnipresent screens. They give a form to reality, stand up against dematerialization and negotiate concrete topics by means of their literal corporeality: Sculpture raises questions of identity, relationship structure, the perception and experience of space. Hyper-reality and the dislimitation of the body can be as well in focus as bio-politics, consumption, pop culture, digitalism and the personal localization within these structures.
In the group exhibition \pər-ˈsō-nae\ we would like to reflect on the above perspectives. For this reason we have invited artists that elaborate in their artistic practice in a particular and complex manner with aspects of the figurative or rather said its depiction and that have developed an authentic and distinct artistic language of expression.