It's There But It's Not There.

5 Mar 2016 – 26 Mar 2016


Berlin, Germany


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The human ability of longing is an anthropological constant referring to the openness and boundaries of human development and that is influenced by culture and nature.


Longing is “a high grade of an intense and often painful yearning for something, especially if there is no hope to get any satisfation of the desired or, if the satisfaction of the wish is uncertain or far away" (Grimm's dictionary, 1854).
The human ability of longing is an anthropological constant referring to the openness and boundaries of human development and that is influenced by culture and nature. If we consider e.g. the topoi of the perfect beauty or theirrecoverable loss, the unreachable is accompanied by tensions. At the one hand a feeling of longing may trigger a concrete move towards the desired ideal, and on the other hand it may entail a breakdown by holding on to the impossible idea of fulfillment.
The works of the three artists picture a feeling of longing as a place, a threedimensional image, as plain, surface, material, colour, effect, taste, time, a moment of happiness, but most of all as a projection.
By using an originally 16 mm film Ani Schulze evokesoutdated standards of technique and bygone times. This format was mainly used in a private domain as an evolution of the foto technique towards the moving image and a more "real" possibility of preserving the ephemeral and soon to belost.
In the light of a late summer afternoon, town and nature are unified and - supported by the camera moves - promise easiness. Outside the filmed scenes lies a possible seriousness and by reading the subtitles you will find mysterious reflexions.
The realistically presented chocolate bar looks appetizing,thus you feel a tempting stimulus by studying KatharinaFengler's works. In the same way you would like to get closer to the abstract colour traces that surround the sweetness. Numerous colours can be recognised on a pedestal.
Salt dough as a material entices you immediately to touch and knead it. Childhood memories are recalled, partlybecause of the colourfulness.
The works of Andreas Gloël show a seductive materialityrepresented by the shiny and matt surfaces, but the beholder has to suppress his wish of touching. The idea of a perfect, handmade shoe is inherent. While looking at the artist's excerpt of nature you feel the antagonism of longing and its elusiveness or distance. Andreas Gloël grafts nature onto the domain of fine arts, but tames the natural material by nailingit to the wall.
The works are converted into surrogates like ASMR films announcing a promise: the beholder possibly lingers in a state of longing.


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