Sebastian Gögel »Verwandlung« 2010, Öl auf Leinwand, 130 x 100 cm
Private View STUTTGART
Thursday June 9th 2011, 7 – 10pm
Friday June 10th – Saturday July 30, 2011
Parrotta Contemporary Art Gallery shows three solo exhibtions by Sebastian Gögel, Keti Kapanadze and Emeli Theander summarised under the title 'Nightmares'.
In the pictures and sculptures by the three artists, the concrete external world loses its fascination in comparison with the world of the subject. The subject’s truth always bears the character of fiction. It is a symbolic construction out of heterogeneous elements in which evidence, quotes and interpretations of the subject interfuse. In this way, fiction is not solely a “subjective” or “relative” truth but first and foremost an effective force.
The ambivalent effect caused by nightmares, visions, and often horror promises a poetic potential between angst and lust that has been firing art since the early days. On the basis of the “Art History of Horror” one can establish that this other traumatic world beyond borders is subject to an order. Within art, this “Order of the Subconscious” is marked by characteristics of style which are connected to the term of the formless (Bois/Krauss). Here, this does not mean negation of the form but rather the notion of its dissolution, the process of exceeding or penetrating the boundaries of the body.
The fact that Sebastian Gögel at times tattoos his phantasmagorical, amorphous drawings and paintings on human skin complies with a gesture of transgression – a recurrent theme in his intermedia work. A restraint force seems to constantly fight against a form of resistance, which can disrupt in an explosive or oozing way through his intensely opaque colours and strongly dripping or expanding forms. Thus, figures of a surreal world in which angst, anxiety and violence – the complete range of discomfort in culture ¬– find an expression and shatter the subject’s stability.