Submission
Group Show

Baroque Topologies

Maya Ben David, Jonathan Castro, Simon Denny, UCC Harlo, Su Yu Hsin, Mathieu Malouf, Arnold Trautwein, Leah Walker, Jonas Wendelin, Cajsa von Zeipel curated by Kea Bolenz & Louis Hay The exhibition Baroque Topologies gathers international positions of contemporary art,which, in their own complexity and in the moment of this contextualization, create a formal and thematic network, through which the (neo-)baroque becomes visible in its significance as a counter-movement. In an accompanying bilingual reader, eight authors trace the hypertextual and formal movements of the exhibition and, in a self-reflexive movement, shed light on the significance of text production in the contemporary art world. Contributions by Kea Bolenz, Louis Hay, Benedikt Kuhn, Amar Priganica, Tina Schulz, Natalya Serkova, Arnold Trautwein and Isabel Waidner.


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Jonas Wendelin ONLY FOUR (Small Evolution VII) 2020 Raku fred ceramic sculptures 50 x 200 x 50 cm Unique
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Jonathan Castro A little Massage 2021 Print mounted on aluminum in custom aluminum frame ca. 90 x 70 cm, A little garden 2021 Print mounted on aluminum in custom aluminum frame ca. 90 x 70 cm
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Mathieu Malouf Couple With Mask 2019 Oil and shitake mushrooms on linen 190 x 160 cm
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Cajsa von Zeipel Mademoiselle 35 2019 mixed media 200.66 × 91.44 × 91.44 cm
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Su Yu Hsin, Simon Denny, Jonas Wendelin
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Cajsa von Zeipel, Arnold Trautwein
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Su Yu Hsin water sleep II Akaike river under Xizang road 2019 10:25 min
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Leah Walker Lighting the Road 2016 HD Video 3:43, Headrest Monitor 25 x 125 x 18cm
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Simon Denny Document Relief 7 (Amazon Worker Cage patent) 2020? ca. 30 x 21 x 13 cm
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Reader, Cover Design by Jonathan Castro
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Arnold Trautwein Tales 05: Home Grocer 2021 Drawing on paper, wood, acrylic glass box, lard 16 x 10 cm
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Arnold Trautwein Tales 05: Home Grocer 2021 Drawings on paper, shelf, wall mount, sheets of acrylic glass ca. 100 x 50 cm
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Arnold Trautwein Tales 05: Home Grocer 2021 Shelf, consoles, ink on paper, cardboard print, sticker 80 x 17 cm
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Jonas Wendelin
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Jonas Wendelin ONLY THREE (Small Evolution VI) 2020 Raku fred ceramic sculptures 30 x 120 x 30 cm Unique

The exhibition Baroque Topologies brings together international positions of contemporary art that, in their own complexity as well as in the moment of this contextualization, span a formal and thematic web that attempts to make the present tangible through the lens of the Baroque.

Pursuing the baroque forms we follow a line that starts to vibrate. Stretched out into space, its momentum becomes the curvature of a surface, which grows into a vortex, bulging out further and further, folding in and out until it forms a complex body. In the Baroque, the mathematical theory of space is joined by the dimension of time. Under it, our line begins to lurch and create an imbalance. A break with symmetry occurs and bends the line into an ellipse. It begins to rotate and trace a spiral. If we imagine this spiral and reenact its incessant rotation in our thoughts, it creates a feeling of vertigo. Perception is thrown into a tailspin. Old familiar coordinates and orientation-giving borders dissolve. In the baroque topology, the difference between an objectively measurable external world and the subjective world of experience starts to blur. It is a fluid gesture that moves between and beyond categories formerly considered separate – body and mind, emotion and intellect, matter and information, you and I, I and O. This movement, this shape-shifting line, seems to contain valuable potential. It is this power to connect and dissolve old categories that presents itself as a baroque quality to us. With the exhibition we want to put particular attention to this as we try to make sense of the culture that surrounds us.

Accompanying the exhibition is a reader that sees itself as an experimental field of different modes of interpretation and as a reflection on the state of text production in the field of contemporary art.