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Christian Schiebe. The Presence of Absence

3 Mar 2017 – 29 Apr 2017

Berlin
Berlin, Germany

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One source of artistic creation, be it writing or drawing, is in the discrepancy between seeing and not seeing – the presence of absence.

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In the ancient „invention of the art of drawing“ a farewell scene between young lovers is described. At the moment of parting the daughter of the pottery maker Dibutades discovers her lover´s shadow on the wall and traces the outline of this shadow. According to Plinius the art of drawing originated in fixing that which like a shadow was already absent. One source of artistic creation, be it writing or drawing, is in the discrepancy between seeing and not seeing – the presence of absence. 

The drawing is in the center of my artistic work. In drawing I explore the possibilities of closing the gaps in the linguistic and concrete presentations. I am pursuing the question of how the seeing and drawing as such can be made visible. Drawing is a fleeting, dithering and latent action often along  a hesitating, taut or glimmering line, groping toward the Not Yet. 

Presented here are drawings from the work series Poetry of a loosely tied knot and This This.

Christian Schiebe

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