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Kai Schiemenz – Once Over Easy
Kai Schiemenz, Once Over Easy, Installation view, 2018, Photo: Uwe Walter, Berlin
14. April - 16. Juni 2018
Eröffnung: Samstag, 14. April 2018, 11 - 20 Uhr
Truly, Kai Schiemenz cannot be accused of indissoluble loyalty to genre and material. With him, everything is subject to a free volatility, from wood through steel to mixed materials, implemented and realized in installations, large constructions, and objects. Whereas he built whole stage sets, theaters, and arenas out of wood or tossed out steel beams as pick-up sticks of light, most recently he has been busy with glass, this undercooled glossiness and its magical ability not only to let brightness and light through, but also to store light auratically: volumetric compositions, exposed to the alchemical play of a hardly calculable coloration of this archaic material. This testified to a beauty of objects, which was long scorned as a concept and goal.
In Leipzig, Schiemenz shifts to yet other materials and other forms of presentation, to artificial marble bound in Acrystal resin and poured into cardboard; remnants remain attached, torpedoing the smooth wholeness. These compositions are not strictly geometrical, but free abstractions of the volumes. But added to this is a series – no, a whole collection – of more sculptures that pose riddles. Here a hand, there a head, in the back an arm fragment. What is this, what drives these searching movements in material and arrangement? Astonishingly enough, the Leipzig assembly displays a turn toward representational, figurative depiction. Suddenly arms grow on a constructivist sculpture. The logical construction of the directions and forces is reformulated into a sensual body. Here, a narrative aspect enters the design that, from a distance and approximately, says: Thou shalt make unto you an image again, return from the emptiness of abstraction to fleshly-pictorial fullness. Is this the case?
Excerpt of the text “Schwellenkunde” by Gerwin Zohlen, translation by Mitch Cohen
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Kai Schiemenz in der griffelkunst