More than meets the eye Greg Bogin, Wolfgang Laib, Klaus Mosettig, Bettina Pousttchi, Gerda Steiner & Jörg Lenzlinger, William Tucker
Visual perception does not explain our world completely. Even our other senses are not able to do so fully. Often the imagination is required in order to become thoroughly conscious of the things and phenomena of our reality and to open up possibilities that are greater than the surface that is empirically visible. More than Meets the Eye features selected works by seven artists that go beyond the apparent by means of ambiguity, process, potentiality, or visual perplexity.
Greg Bogin (USA, b. 1966, works in New York) is showing two paintings from the new series All Smiles. Their clear compositions, perfect surfaces, and brilliant colors recall pictograms, but without making any recognizable reference. Their titles, Seconds Away and Ziggy, lend them another associative level and make us think of David Bowie’s Ziggy Stardust of 1972. Their shaped canvases—in the case of Seconds Away, with a round cutout as well—place the paintings in a sculptural context.
Wolfgang Laib (b. 1950, works near Ulm and Madurai) is showing a small glass with gathered hazelnut pollen. The vessel that preserves the pollen is just one way to present this work. The other is to spread the pollen into a rectangular field, as Laib will install it at MoMA in New York in January.
Klaus Mosettig (b. 1975, works in Vienna) is presenting Untitled 1950.3/17 and Untitled 1950.3/18, two works with the same motif. Precise observation reveals that they are two original pencils drawings, and hence—at the limit of perception—not identical works. Both drawings have their origin in the work of Jackson Pollock. Pollock’s expressive gestures give way to processual, meditative temporal space in Klaus Mosettig’s work. The likeness achieves its own validity, like the “projector portrait” Pradovit N24, in which the light of a slide projector is cast on a sheet of paper, and Mosettig records with a pencil the scratches and the dust on the lens.
Bettina Pousttchi (b. 1971, works in Berlin) is showing Panorama, a sculpture of Murano glass. Her work represents the visual anchor of the exhibition. Every individual work and the viewers are seen on the silver mirror of the dome, which recalls a convex surveillance mirror.
The fruit bowl by Gerda Steiner & Jörg Lenzlinger (b. 1967 and b. 1964 work in Langenbruck, Switzerland) is a work that will change over the course of the exhibition. The delicate pink crystals of artificial fertilizer will increasingly cover the fruit bowl, without its form or the end of the process being predictable at the outset.
William Tucker (b. 1935, works near New York) is showing two sculptures of urgent presence, Siren and Cave, that stand in the room like boulders or landscapes. With their earthy physicality, these works are precise in their surface detail afigure, emotionality and rationality.
Born 1950 in Metzingen. Lives and works in Southern Germany.
|1968-1974||Studied Medicine University of Tuebingen|
2015 Praemium Imperiale for Sculpture, The Japan Art Foundation
Neue Pinakothek, Munich
Sprengel Museum, Hannover
Kolumba Diözesanmuseum, Cologne
Centre Pompidou, Paris
CAPC, Musée d’art contemporain de Bordeaux
Collections de l’Etat Français, France
Musée d’art contempoarin, Nîmes, France
Musée départemental de Rochechouart, Rochechouart
Museé de Grenoble
Galleria Civica d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, Turin
De Pont Foundation, Tilburg, The Netherlands
LAC Museum of Contemporary Art, Lugano
Kunstmuseum St. Gallen
The Art Institute of Chicago
The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
The Museum of Modern Art, New York
The Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo
The Phillips Collection, Washington D.C.
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington D.C.
San Francisco Museum of Art
Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
The Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki
Toyota Municipal Art Museum, Toyota
Born in 1975, Graz, Austria.
Lives and works in Vienna, Austria.
Born 1971 in Mainz. Lives and works in Berlin.
|1999/2000||Whitney Independent Studio Program, Whitney Museum, New York|
|1995-1999||Kunstakademie Düsseldorf (with Prof. Gerhard Merz and Prof. Rosemarie Trockel)|
|1992-1997||Studies in philosophy, art and film history, Universities of Cologne and Bochum|
|1990-1992||Studies in Fine Art, Université de Paris|
|2016||Villa Aurora, Los Angeles|
|Wolfsburg Art Award|
|TrAIN Research Center for Transnational Art, Identity and Nation, University of the Arts, London|
|2007||BBAX - Berlin Buenos Aires Art Exchange, Buenos Aires|
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Washington DC
Nasher Sculpture Center Dallas
Margulies Collection Miami
Rennie Collection Vancouver
The Arts Club of Chicago
The Phillips Collection Washington DC
Freybe Collection Vancouver
Nasher Collection Dallas
Berlinische Galerie, Museum of Modern Art Berlin
Hall Collection New York
Blake Byrne/Skylark Foundation Los Angeles
Levine Collection Washington DC
Wemhöner Collection Herford/Berlin
Kadist Collection Paris
Collection of the Federal Republic of Germany
University of Cologne
Von-der-Heydt Museum Wuppertal
Absolut Art Collection Stockholm
Wolfsburg City Art Gallery
MMAG Foundation Amman
Born 1935 in Cairo, Egypt
Lives and works in Massachusetts, USA
|1959-1960||Studies at St. Martin’s College of Art and Design, London|
|1955-1958||Studies at University of Oxford, England|
|2011||Elected as honorary National Academician, National Academy Museum, New York|
|2010||Lifetime Achievement Award, International Sculpture Center, Hamilton|
|2009||Jack Goldhill Award for Sculpture, Royal Academy of Arts, London|
|1995||Rodin-Moore Memorial Prize, Second Fujisankei Biennale Hakone Open-Air Museum, Japan|
|1991||Sculpture Center Award for Distinction in Sculpture|
|Gregory Fellowship in Sculpture, University of Leeds|
Aberdeen Art Gallery, Scotland
Arkansas Art Center, Little Rock, AK
Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia
Arts Council of Great Britain, London
British Council, London
The British Museum, London
City of Bilbao, Spain
Contemporary Art Society, London
Florida International University, Miami, FL
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York
The Hakone Open-Air Museum, Tokyo, Japan
High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.
Kröller-Müller, Otterlo, The Netherlands
Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebæk, Denmark
The Margulies Collection, Miami
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
The Museum of Modern Art, New York
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia
Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Storm King Art Center, Mountainville, NY
Peter Stuyvesant Foundation, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England
Tate Gallery, London
Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN