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TOMORROW GETS ME HIGHER
by Amir Fattal
December 11, 2010 – February 5, 2011
Vernissage: Saturday, December 11th from 19h (7pm)
Wilde Gallery is pleased to present Tomorrow Gets Me Higher, an exhibition by Israeli-born artist Amir Fattal.
Allusions to the minimalism of artists such as Donald Judd and Dan Flavin are prevalent in Fattal’s work, which transforms banal, seemingly archaic items culled from Berlin flea markets and DDR estate sales into fetish objects and abstract memorials. The column, a structure long associated with political monuments, is a recurring form found in Fattal’s oveure. His use of light further underscores the commemorative nature of his minimalist sculptures. Fattal states, „ the tendency in today’s memorials has shifted from a pictorial/figurative representation to a more abstract one. The Holocaust memorial in Berlin is one example, in which abstraction seems to be the most suitable way of representing a subject that is too incomprehensible to be reduced to a single pictorial representation.”
In the same way that a memorial commemorates absence, Fattal’s sculptures pay tribute to certain bygone eras. While his light fixtures pay tribute to an aesthetic very much associated with the former East, the objects he isolates atop pedestals in mirrored vitrines, can be read as homages to the nostalgia that accompanies personal histories, or broader vestiges of pop culture.
Fattal appropriates imagery pulled from historical archives, manipulating and incorporating it into his three-dimensional work. Among these is the work Upper & Lower Dome, based on a 1937 photograph taken of a Nazi rally in Nuremberg. Designed by Albert Speer, Hitler’s chief architect and one of the second World War’s most controversial figures, Lichtdom consisted of 130 anti-aircraft searchlights aimed skyward that created a series of vertical lightshafts that surrounded the audience. Fattal’s reinterpretation of this image confronts questions of an artist’s political responsibility, as well as the universal relationship between art and politics.
Amir Fattal was born in Tel Aviv in 1978. He was recently awarded the prestigious Berlin Senate Scholarship Visual Arts (Berliner Senat Arbeitsstipendium Bildende Kunst) and was also the recipient of the 2008 GASAG Förderpreis, for which his work was exhibited at the Berlinsche Galerie. Recent exhibitions include Statics and the movement in between, MK Galerie Berlin; First Service at the Schwules Museum, Berlin; and Dark Side II, curated by Urs Stahel, at Fotomuseum Winterthur, Zurich; Three Man show Fabrice Gygi, Brock Enright and Amir Fattal, COMA Gallery, Berlin and Just Different, curated by Frank Wagner at the Cobra Museum in Amstelveen, Holland.
Fattal has also been the directing curator of Tape Modern, an off-space exhibition series in Berlin since 2008, for which he has, to date, organized 19 large-scale group exhibitions. The artist lives and works in Berlin.
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