5 Dec 2008 6-10pm
6 Dec - 10 Jan 2008
Artists Anonymous - Gordon Cheung
- Peter Feiler -
Sebastian Gögel - Sigga B. Sigurdardottir
The phantacalifragilisticexpialidocious power of imagination
not only can be felt in the magic world of animated cartoons
but is present also in the various forms of contemporary art.
Confronting fantasy worlds with reality is providing an insight
how diffi cult it is to understand fantastic things when they
are rated “unrealistic”.
Today, every style that combines the real with the phantasmagoric
or mystic is labeled as surrealistic. Thus the unreal claims
the same self-evident level of realness as everyday reality
which often also seems imaginary or absurd.
The surrealistic worlds of Gordon Cheung’s paintings
pull the viewer with their utopian and dystopian power into
their spell. Against the background of Financial Times stock
exchange columns, well-known iconographic representations
establish a direct reference to the overwhelming power and
illusion of today’s fi nancial world. Sebastian Gögel’s
universe is populated by hybrids which stand between humans
and animals in all known and unknown intermediate stages of
evolution. Magic creatures emerge in Sigga Björg Sigurdardottir’s
paper works, deeply rooted in the belief in the imps, trolls
and fairies of Icelandic mythology. Peter Feiler creates complex,
confusing paintings; interior worlds are inverted outward.
The positive/negative images by Artists Anonymous are controlled
by beings that seem to partly have risen from fantasy and
to partly pick up characters from comics or emblems of mass
culture, challenging at the same time their functions.
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