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Jochen Gerner

As other previous projects, the series of drawings created for Mudam, called Home, uses a “negative” writing process, based on the reinterpretation of existing images or texts through a game of covering and concealing, through conceiving shifts in meaning and accentuating “the untapped treasures as well as the dark zones” of the objects he takes over. Here Gerner has worked on the set of plates for the 2008 Ikea catalogue, with as starting principle the idea of “emptying the spaces” of the catalogue: all the photographs featuring articles are covered with flat tints of different shades of grey so as to leave nothing but the structure of the vantage point visible, while any articles featured in isolation are covered by black shapes, as though draped in covers. In certain places, the repetition of these shapes evokes rows of buildings. The interior domestic space becomes the public space of the city. The drawings also toy with the distances between the texts that have been kept – “Look at this”, for instance – and the void of the drawings.

Artworks

  1. Jochen Gerner Home (ensemble n°6 / Dressing), 2008

    Ensemble de 28 dessins
    Acrylique sur imprimés (Catalogue Ikea USA 2008)
    22,3 x 18,7 cm (chaque dessin)
    Production et Collection Mudam Luxembourg
    Acquisitions 2008
    © Photo : Rémi Villaggi

  1. Jochen Gerner Home (ensemble n°7 / Children’s Ikea – Organizing), 2008

    Ensemble de 28 dessins
    Acrylique sur imprimés (Catalogue Ikea USA 2008)
    22,3 x 18,7 cm (chaque dessin)
    Production et Collection Mudam Luxembourg
    Acquisitions 2008
    © Photo : Rémi Villaggi

Marina Abramović, "Video Portrait Gallery", 1975-1998 | Collection Mudam Luxembourg | Acquisition 2001
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