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Anders Clausen

Straight Lines

31 03 2016 — 01 05 2016
Anders Clausen, Straight Lines, Installation view, MÉLANGE 2016. Courtesy the Artist and MÉLANGE, CologneAnders Clausen, Untitled (Urmeter X-Profil), 2015 Brass, 2,5 x 100 x 2,5 cm. Courtesy the Artist and MÉLANGE, CologneAnders Clausen, Untitled (feather), 2016 Bird feather, water transfer print,  21 x 3,8 cm. Courtesy the Artist and MÉLANGE, CologneAnders Clausen, Untitled (feather d), 2015 Scissor cut , nickel galvaniced bird feather,  water transfer print, Kawaski green lacquer, 35 x 5 cm. Courtesy the Artist and MÉLANGE, CologneAnders Clausen, Straight Lines, Installation view, MÉLANGE 2016. Courtesy the Artist and MÉLANGE, CologneAnders Clausen, Untitled (feather aC), 2016 Scissor cut, nickel galvaniced bird feather, 33 x 4 cm. Courtesy the Artist and MÉLANGE, CologneAnders Clausen, Untitled (feather j) 2015  Bird feather, air bursh, chlorin bleach,  36 x 4,5 cm. Courtesy the Artist and MÉLANGE, CologneAnders Clausen, Untitled (feather aB), 2016, Bird feather, air brush, 32 x 4,5 cm. Courtesy the Artist and MÉLANGE, Cologne
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One should be aware of the momentariness/volatility of social habits. Tools guide you through everyday life, supplying a proper framework, a set of possibilities to help with the guise of worldly interaction. Yet, it is mostly technological invention that has slowly – though nowadays quite quickly – shaped social manners and our way of living. People adapt to new technologies and items, wondering how someone could have lived without them before their invention. The personal freedom we seem to gain, is however owed to hierarchies of corrective authorities we have succumbed to.

Clausen investigates the structures of these dependencies. In his earlier works he took screen shots of software user interfaces, altering images and icons or error signs and combining them to virtual collages that were printed on PVC. By enlarging and isolating these symbols, i.e. the red zick-zack line that appears under misspelled text in wording-programs suddenly takes she shape of a stealth bomber. The subtle aggressiveness of error designs and icons becomes apparent, symbols and commands which we unquestionably digest and take for granted, commencing their instructions.

Continuing this disperson of hierarchies of systematical authority, uncommented objects and signs, Clausen found interest in the meter measurement.  The original meter, invented by scientist and mathematicians in France in the 19th century, was originally defined as a fraction of the earths meridian through Paris. In the following years, it was in fact Napoleon who spread this measurement throughout Europe. The mathematical instrument became a tool of equal communication between countries. Casts of the meter were installed in public to help people get used to it. The definition of the meter is still today ever changing and now even considered a measured unit of time: the fraction of a light-year.

For the exhibition different versions of the meter are placed within the space, made from aluminium, brass or rubber. The meter is used as a reminder of the discrepancy of things we heavily rely on. Ever growing fluid communication comes at the cost of subordination within developments, and is based on a cultural agreement to have them used. The refusal of it, be it the simplicity of the meter or diverse social norms and forms, may lead to the rejection of the revolting subject. Why seek disruption, when everything can flow? Will going with the tide help you to keep up with the inevitable change? Resistance seems futile. Their finés execution speaks of a false safety and evoked cleanliness.

Alongside these metallic bars Anderson brought his latest series of painted feathers. Almost floating, yet tied to to the wall, they´re sharing the meters play on materialism. Feathers from different birds are sprayed, galvanized and painted turning into delightful peinture miniatures. Their delicacy contrasts the meters almost dominant phallic presence. But despite their apparent softness, feathers are a tool of sexual seduction for themselves. As it is the male birds which were gifted by nature with their colorful palette to impress females, their beauty is as almost endangering at the same time. Whereas the feathers reflect ones sensibility, the meters stand for analytical logic. It is therefor of Anderson interest to highlight different  systems of dominance, bringing together science, human and nature.

 

 

Edition

BOX TWO

08 05 2017 — 08 05 2017

Zuzanna Czebatul

Away

10 03 2017 — 02 04 2017

Klaus Kleine

Elephant in the Dark

26 01 2017 — 28 02 2017

Amy Ball

Third Eye Blind

14 10 2016 — 29 10 2016

Atlas Economy

Don't Dust

31 08 2016 — 30 09 2016

DSCTHK

Up Close, Nothing Personal

09 07 2016 — 28 08 2016

Misael Soto

Solo Show

28 06 2016 — 06 07 2016

Edition

BOX ONE

17 05 2016 — 31 05 2016

Anders Clausen

Straight Lines

31 03 2016 — 01 05 2016

Patrick Fabian Panetta

SCALE OF RATING

02 02 2016 — 06 03 2016

Paul Czerlitzki / Piotr Łakomy

20 11 2015 — 04 12 2015

Ellen Yeon Kim

Within Our Time

15 10 2015 — 31 10 2015

Joshua Sex

Ass's Bite

01 09 2015 — 04 10 2015

Compliance / Non-Compliance

23 07 2015 — 09 08 2015