Claudia Lindner, Young Cocks
curated by Francis Hunger
David Buob & Susan Schmidt
Greif & Hennig
NEVER FAILURE! brings together artwork confronting fears of failure. The participating artists examine the polarity between making art about the inevitability of failure with the ethos of never failing. The title refers to the idea that in our current social reality failure is not an option, especially not for emerging artists, and represents a contrast to previous philosophies concentrated on the sanctity of an artist's ideas, immune to failure, rather than their actual production. The exhibition unites the work of young artists who use diverse media and techniques, tackling this topic with a fresh spirit.
Claudia Lindner photographed tarted-up youths whose image combats age and social disadvantage in the series "Young Cocks."
Ronnie Bass invents a chip factory in the desert in "Our country" and tells the history of their successes in this charming video. By no means endeavoring towards perfection, the factory never escapes the hollowness of a Hollywood set.
Greif & Hennig beg us to question how society allowed the philosophy of never working to transform into the necessity of never failing. The artists adapt their video work "Ne travaillez jamais," which alludes to Guy Debord's Situationalist International philosophy of the artist never working, and extend it into a installation. What happened that "ne travaillez jamais" (never work) could become "n'échouez jamais" (never fail)?
Bea Meyer's fabric panels contain the embroidered words: "I'm sure!" a simple statement and a strong description of character undermined by the comparative fragility of her medium.
Janne Lehtinen, the son of a renowned glider pilot, attempts in his photographs to leave the ground behind by concocting numerous flying contraptions. Lehtinen is nevertheless destined to fail in his fight with gravity, and captures an image of a tragic comic figure.
Susan Schmidt and David Buob spend a lifetime at sea in their video "Dad's Cellar." Instead of the vision they had hoped for, all the video delivers them is a piece of chocolate. The dialogue hints at inquiries towards the meaning of life.
--Uh… what's this?
--That's my life.
--It looks nice, is it new?
--Yes, I just got it.
SURREAL. B.Braun,N.Czech,T.Ernst, L.A.Pagenkemper , 13.1.- 3.3.2007
NATALIE CZECH, Daily Mirror, 9.3.- 21.4.2007
LEA ASJA PAGENKEMPER, Me 27.4.- 03.6.2007
KLAUS-MARTIN TREDER, keine Angst ... ich sterbe ... nicht hier 09.6.- 28.7.2007
NIEMALS SCHEITERN curated by Francis Hunger, 03.- 31.08.2007
TINE BENZ, 07.09.- 20.10.2007
MARCUS SENDLINGER, 26.10.- 01.12.2007
POLITISCHE IKONOGRAFIE, Groupshow, 07.12.2007- 26.1.2008
ART FORUM BERLIN