International 2009 Archives
Benny Dröscher, Let Us Suppose, Then,
That We Are Dreaming
The Agency Contemporary, London (UK) -
The Agency is pleased to present new paintings and sculptures by Danish artist Benny Dröscher. The new paintings are a continuation of his past dalliances with abstraction and surrealism. The works juxtapose surface and depth, the graphic and the authentic mark all within zero gravity space.
Wieghtlessness is an important issue for the sculptor turned painter Dröscher. His sculptures have the appearance of solidity when in fact they turn out to be props, holes within cloth or grooves in foam. Dröscher's canvases are physically heavier than his sculptures, yet the chromatics and arrangement of the motifs are all intended to suggest weightlessness, floating and chaos. This suggestion works despite the fact that the paintings are arranged according to the slassical laws of central perspective.
On first glance Dröscher's works are of ageless beauty, on second glance they become harder to read. They are composites of ciphers, part Twombly, part pastoral quotation and symbols, which possibly resonate zen practice. It is beside the point whether any of the symbols can be how they might have been intended, as they are presented at the point of dissolution. Rather than this being a Negative, in Dröscher's work it is a Positive, the point of separation from meaning is about the liberation or the drawing of breath from being literal, literary or pictorial. The centre of the work is usually a void, which might be read as a point of transparency or a portal.
Exhibition 14 October -
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One could argue that Dröscher's paintings are inverse, rather than emanating light to the outside they suck light from within, making them radiate in turn. In order to quantify this radiation the occasional mark or squiggle functions both as a reminder of representation but also as a blockage or smear which directs the gaze.
Benny Dröscher, Let Us Suppose, Then, That we Are Dreaming (2), acrylique sur toile, 150 x 100 cm, 2009
Modernist abstraction, even expressionism would have had to decide between gravity or weightlessness, whereas todays'abstraction can be figurative, void, decentralised and physically nound with gravity all at once. The shift in perception could be blamed on the advent of anime and 3d computergraphics or games culture.
It appears that Dröscher's paintings are about an abstraction of the gaze in the age of digital representation. It allows thme to propose an innocence, which is also informed by the knowledge of parallel worlds (within quantum physics) and constant paradigm shifts. Dröscher's works, be it paintings, sculptures or installations pose questions rather than provide answers, but contrary to his titles, they are not philosophical propositions but about physics versus the poetry of perception.
Benny Dröscher, It Has Been Ages Since I Felt Like This, cloth, foam, tree, 220 x 80 x 50 cm, 2008