Henning Strassburger – Superet Exit Systems at studiolo, Milan
Studiolo is pleased to present Henning Strassburger’s first solo show titled ‘Superet Exit Systems’, curated by Maria Chiara Valacchi.
In this exhibition, six large and never-before-seen abstractions, characterised by the compulsive superimposition of jarring forms and geometries, are arranged in space to create a theatrical stage inhabited by an underlying social, political, and moral anxiety. These works, roughly concealed behind curtains which fulfil the double role of display and theoretical screen, reveal on their surface elements beyond the pictorial, like dollar bills and bubbles of foam, which seem to germinate from the canvasses as if to invade, in small agglomerates, the entire space.
Strassburger discerns a communal and anxiety-inducing mood, originated from the blurred onslaught of media information which solicits us all daily; a state of anguish or Angst — the German word for fear — that contemplates the dread of a society, the Western one specifically, subjected to collective systems and economies which have blatantly imploded and are imposed by countries considered bastions of strength and development.
Any seeming optimism loses its force behind the face of a candid and delicate cloth, allegory of a dissimulative and superficial attitude that masks depression and a condition poised between survival and collapse; in addition to the pieces’ strongly informal impact, a sense of precariousness is thus transferred onto them — in the violence of the execution the works leave room for a concealed sense of superficial directness.
The title ‘Superet Exit Systems’, which comes from the name of a singular American religious tenet,‘The Superet Light Doctrine Church’, born in Los Angeles from the devotion of a woman struck with divine light, is the perfect description. The mirage of a flash in the darkness is nothing but a filter, a luminous emancipation which confuses and ‘conceals […] due to an excess of light’ (Dante, Paradiso, V, 133-134) the raw truth, but which nevertheless sends us towards the only possible system of escape.
All images: © Filippo Armellin
Superet Exit Systems
16.09.2016 – 12.11.2016
Via Alessandro Tadino, 20