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Artist Talk: Ingo Gerken
March 4 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
BIBLIOSCULPTURES is the title of a series of interventional works and photographs, which start visual dialogues with different publications on contemporary art. Everyday objects are carefully positioned in borrowed library books, interacting with the images of artworks and in turn producing new ones. Within the context of each book, the object and the image start to coexist. Their fusion of scale and perspective triggers a formal feedback and enables an associative exchange. At the interface of everyday life and art historical research, each book turns into an open space for playful reception. These books become sites where sincerity and irreverence meet on a common level. For a short moment, the significance of art and the triviality of real- life achieve an easy equilibrium. The BIBLIOSCULPTURES are ephemeral constellations and affirmative operations between homage and subversion. They take place directly and immediately at and with their literary source, where they are composed and photographically documented ‘in situ’. All selected books are accessible in public libraries and are put back into circulation after use.
In June 2022 a catalog of Ingo Gerken’s bibliosculptures will be published by Hatje Cantz Verlag
Image: BIBLIOSCULPTURE 037 2014
plumb line, book
Plastiken 1912 – 1980
Klett – Cotta Verlag, Stuttgart, 1981
picture taken at One Minute Space in March 2022 by the artist
Ingo Gerken lives in Berlin. Studied Fine Art at the Muthesius Academy of Art in Kiel and Environmental Art at the Glasgow School of Art. His work often materializes in fleeting sculptural states. In between reference and relevance, situation and subversion, he investigates the permeability of imaginary and real spaces, their construction, flexibility, and weight.