»NYC - Sternenstaub« 2012, Linolschnitt 7-farbig, 80 x 56 cm
Opening in line with "Linie West" on Tuesday, May 15th, 2012, 6 - 9 pm
Inaugural address by Daniel J. Schreiber, Kunsthalle Tübingen, 7.30 pm
Artist Talk - Daniel J. Schreiber and Benjamin Badock - June 2nd, 2012, 7.30 pm
Benjamin Badock illuminates the traditional medium of xylography with his colourful prints.
"Benjamin Badock's "Plattenbauten" ("prefabricated cement-slab high-rises") pieces need little introduction. Like the structures after which they are named, Benjamin Badock's "Plattenbauten" prints are based on the idea of modular construction and combinatorics, which is precisely what makes them exciting in terms of art history and contemporary use of the traditional medium of wood engraving. They are an invented image whose workmanship and motifs can be encompassed as part of one and the same concept: The sheets depict Plattenbauten, and they are Plattenbauten as a result of slab components which have constantly been recombined, thereby avoiding serial processes and instead existing as unique, handmade copies." sayes Annett Reckert, director of Städtische Galerie Delmenhorst.
In his current exhibition titled "SAYES" the Leipzig-based artist cross-fades his modular series of "Plattenbauten" - relicts of a fading utopia of East Germany - with up to date modules of phrases and meanings. The anagrammatic SAYES plays with the boilerplates of an ideology of positive thinking that is emptied of meaning. But it is not Badock's way to point out a deeper meaning in cumbersome detail. He rather - and in the best sense of Pop Art - puts the focus on the ambiguity of the surface as the facade basically says it all. Thus, the SAYES is also murmuring "Say IT" and this murmur points out - very much across-the-board and lapidary - everything suppressing a too optimistic "Say Yes".
"Benjamin Badock's works are striking in the best sense of the word, and simultaneously cryptic in the way in which they border on abstraction; they are prints full of delicate, artistic quality. "
Benjamin Badock, born 1974 in Karl-Marx-Stadt (Chemnitz), lives and works in Leipzig. In occasion of the solo exhibitions at Städtisches Kunstmuseum Spendhaus Reutlingen and Städtische Galerie Delmenhorst the catalogue »Nachwachsende Zwischenräume« has been recently published by Lubok. Currently his works are part of the exhibition »Lubok. Grafica contemporanea y libros de artistas de Leipzig« at the Museo Nacional de la Estampa in Mexico City.