Artist: Christian Flamm with program by Mike Sperlinger
Venue: Künstlerhaus Stuttgart
Exhibition Title: Künstlerhaus Stuttgart
Curated By: Fatima Hellberg
Date: February 24 – April 15, 2018
Note: A publication, including The End of Selling Out program schedule, is available for download here.
Chris Wilcha, The Target Shoots First, 2000, 72 minutes; in The End of Selling Out, 2018
Full gallery of images, press release and link available after the jump.
Images courtesy of Künstlerhaus Stuttgart. Photos by Frank Kleinbach. Video courtesy of the Video Data Bank, Chicago.
In the early days of Künstlerhaus Stuttgart, a wall was added to the layout of the top floor gallery. Co-conceived and established by founding member Rudolf Bumiller, the structure has been a part of Reuchlinstraße 4b from then on. It was taken as a given, until it eventually disappeared in the more recent past.
In his exhibition Künstlerhaus Stuttgart, Christian Flamm remembers the scene and pays tribute to the wall as an object and an organizing principle; re-introducing it as a sculpture. It uses the technique of critical reconstruction to make the original idea reappear, declaring it a work of art.
From February 24 until April 15, the wall becomes part of the setting again. The day before its ultimate destruction, Flamm will paint the sculpture once more, this time in HKS black.
The exhibition is accompanied by a screening programme, curated by Mike Sperlinger from an idea suggested by Flamm, entitled The End of Selling Out. As two parallel strands of a project, Flamm’s exhibition and the Sperlinger’s film programme both loop back to a historical conflict. That is, to subversion and techniques of disappointment, strategies and attitudes with a particular set of histories and remainders. These shifts in the moral grounds of artistic production are conjured up in Künstlerhaus Stuttgart through a combination of second thoughts and paintings from memory.