Kai Mailänder I Jacob Juhl
Since the dawn of man we have sought to answer fundamental questions - Why are we here? Who made us? What are we made of? We have used science, philosophy and religion to try to obtain answers from nature, to uncover the great masterplan, God’s plan, or to discover the building blocks of everything. Early man looked up at the night sky wondering what all the little shining dots were, just as scientists today search for the Higgs particle - to understand the world around us, but also to be able to manipulate nature, to create and become the Creator.
There have been many instances in history where scientists have tried to combine science and mysticism in an attempt to find the key to fully understand everything in nature. In their exhibition Juhl and Mailänder have used the golden ratio and the accompanying mathematics and mysticism as a starting point for our creative proces.
Kai Mailänder (*1984 Ludwigsburg)
Kai Mailänder works with different images from the past, often black-and-white images from old books from the 30’s to the 80’s, combining them with typographic elements, text fragments, images, colourfulness and cutouts from contemporary magazines. Thusly collages, paintings and drawings are generated. Thereby the former page numbers serve as an alleged assistance - a signpost to put everything in order.
Fragmented images of landscapes and nature appear in the works, drawn by folding or marked by traces of colours. Here the folds and geometric elements suggest the human intervention in the natural system.
Fragmentary is popping up the landscape in Mailänders pieces characterized by folded edges or by traces of colour.
Working with different sizes and depths of the picture frames and with an experimental presentation form, where all of the many artworks are arranged on the wall, like a big collage, Kai Mailänder aims to combine the different results of the process relating to this theme and showing the connection to each other in this exhibition.
Jacob Juhl (* 1973 Dänemark)
Jacob Juhl set out to create a set of strict rules whereby all artworks for the exhibition would be created, and wanted these rules to be rooted in the Fibonacci sequence and the golden ratio.
The original Fibonacci sequence has been used and misused in numerous ways over the years and so, by adding the number 1, Jacob Juhl has created a new and original reference point, and at the same time he maintains all of the golden properties of the original sequence. The extra “+1” can also be seen as an error in the system, or as the unexplicable, the things we will never be able to understand when we have exhausted our scientific approach to nature. The numbers of the new sequence are used throughout the exhibition to determine size and placement of artworks.
All photographs taken for the exhibition depict an angle of 108 degrees, which is the size of each angle in the pentagon, also depicted in two artworks. This angle has been placed in a very specific place in the picture plane to intersect with several golden lines and intersections, and so that the photographs also have intersecting lines between them, when seen together. The titles of all Juhl’s artworks in the exhibition also follow mathematical rules, as they all contain exactly 26 characters - 26 being the number of characters in the english language, a container for anything written or spoken. 26 also happens to appear in the “Fibonacci + 1” sequence, and so twentysix becomes a junction between the verbal, mathematical and visual languages.
|Opening||24.01.2015, 06:00 - 09:00 pm|
|Exhibition||24.01.2015 - 28.02.2015|
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