Submission
GROUP SHOW - Nicolás Astorga and Christian Kölbl

I'M NOT HERE TO MAKE FRIENDS

I'm not here to make friends - Duo show of Nicolás Astorga and Christian Kölbl at Raum für drastische Maßnahmen. - In order to become a great artist you have to be a bad person. The premise of the exhibition is the goal of success in artistic career, and therefore the birth of a villain. Artists are obligated to push their careers at any costs, taking decisions and following unscrupulous paths and choosing individualism as the bridge to get to their success: "narcissists willing to cash in their dignity for a shortcut to fame and notoriety. (...) A protagonist and his story can only be as intellectually fascinating and emotionally compelling as the forces of antagonism make them. We need our villains to be smart, we need them to be formidable, (...) we need them to have a defensible position."


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Nicolás Astorga & Christian Kölbl, I'M NOT HERE TO MAKE FRIENDS, view of exhibition 1, 2022.
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Nicolás Astorga & Christian Kölbl, I'M NOT HERE TO MAKE FRIENDS, view of exhibition 2, 2022.
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Nicolás Astorga & Christian Kölbl, I'M NOT HERE TO MAKE FRIENDS, view of exhibition 3, 2022.
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Nicolás Astorga & Christian Kölbl, I'M NOT HERE TO MAKE FRIENDS, view of exhibition 4, 2022.
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Nicolás Astorga & Christian Kölbl, 00, 2021-2022, Embroidery, spray painting and gesso on hand dyed cotton, 300 x 200 cm
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Nicolás Astorga & Christian Kölbl, 00 (detail 1), 2021-2022, Embroidery, spray painting and gesso on hand dyed cotton, 300 x 200 cm
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Nicolás Astorga & Christian Kölbl, 00 (detail 2), 2021-2022, Embroidery, spray painting and gesso on hand dyed cotton, 300 x 200 cm
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Nicolás Astorga & Christian Kölbl, 00 (detail 3), 2021-2022, Embroidery, spray painting and gesso on hand dyed cotton, 300 x 200 cm
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Nicolás Astorga & Christian Kölbl, 00 (sketch), 2021, Risography print, 30,5 x 43 cm
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Nicolás Astorga & Christian Kölbl, Aggregate Satisfaction (00), 2022, Casemaking system, multiplex, 55 x 26,3 x 27,5 cm
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Nicolás Astorga, Hijo de perra (You'll never be good enough), 2022, Upcycled taxidermy, concrete glaze, leather, steel, 234 x 70 x 101 cm
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Nicolás Astorga, Hijo de perra (You'll never be good enough) (detail), 2022, Upcycled taxidermy, concrete glaze, leather, steel, 234 x 70 x 101 cm
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Christian Kölbl, Wer wird Millionär?, 2022, Aluminum profile, silicone, 3D print, lasered mirror, 146,5 x 52 x 49 cm
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Nicolás Astorga, Boyfotze + How to Create a Reality-TV Villain, 2020-2022, Analogue photography (120 x 90 cm), Photocopy (61 x 22 cm)
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Nicolás Astorga, How to Create a Reality-TV Villain, 2022, (61 x 22 cm)
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Christian Kölbl, Selbstreflexionen, 2022, Publication, aluminum profile, chrome sphere, acrylic glass, 25 x 47 x 25
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Christian Kölbl, Maximum Protection, 2022, Deodorants, silicone, 3D print (Edition of 5), 22 x 4,5 x 4,5
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Nicolás Astorga. Scar, Concrete, ytong stone, chalk spray, 68 x 23 x 20 cm
Nicolás Astorga & Christian Kölbl, I'm not here to make friends (frame 1), 2022, Video projection (8'30'')
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Nicolás Astorga & Christian Kölbl, I'm not here to make friends (frame 2), 2022, Video projection (8'30'')

– In order to become a great artist you have to be a bad person.

The premise of the exhibition is the goal of success in artistic career, and therefore the birth of a villain. Under this presumption the villain does not have to crash the table anymore. The neo villain sneaks around the old type of villain performance. Hiding in relationships and things, he sets up a system called a democratic „HATE with LOVE“ – machine. The real or old villain is only needed for not standing in the spot – not on the main stage but cruising through the backstage.

On the one hand art can be understood as an open democratic space for critical thought, but on the other, it can be perceived as a heavy capitalistic aspirational environment that allows the more privileged ones to flaunt their wealth. Artists are obligated to push their careers at any costs, taking decisions and following unscrupulous paths and choosing individualism as the bridge to get to their success: „narcissists willing to cash in their dignity for a shortcut to fame and notoriety“(*).

„A protagonist and his story can only be as intellectually fascinating and emotionally compelling as the forces of antagonism make them. We need our villains to be smart, we need them to be formidable, (…) we need them to have a defensible position.“(*) The old villain was introduced as a negative condition for seeking good. Considering these dialectics make one realize that it does not mean to take decisions and follow paths that are not the most ethical ones to push one’s career.