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Olaf Nicolai, Faites le travail qu'accomplit le soleil
Kestnergesellschaft, Hanover (Germany)
11.06 - 22.08.2010






















 











































































































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At the center of Olaf Nicolai's exhibition is the new installation Faites le travail qu'accomplit le soleil (2010), which concentrates the main themes of the exhibition such as formalism and its connection to social utopia as well as the relation between subjectivity and perception. The large walk-in sculpture at the center of the multipart installation is covered fully in mirrors, its form recalls the deconstruction of a diving platform, setting up associations of falling, precariousness and orientation. The title of both the installation and the show fragmentarily quotes a sentence from Jean-François Lyotard's text Libidinal Economy: "You have to do the work that the sun or grass does when you bathe your body in them." The conjunction of nature (sun) and artificiality (work) refers to the paradoxes that exist in relation to desire and society, need and development or work and pleasure, all of which Olaf Nicolai has repeatedly dealt with in his work.


This installation is accompanied by the photographic work Zabriskie Point (2010). It came about at night at the observation point in the Californian Death Valley National Park which has become a mythical place since its appearance in Michelangelo Antonioni's eponymous film. While the monumental landscape remains invisible, Nicolai’s images mirror the mediated nature of reality, as well as the utopian moment in Antonioni's film. The exhibition is completed by the installation Samani (Some Proposals to Answer Important Questions) (2008). The moving spotlight gives rise to the impression of a living being that is looking for something, perhaps contact to the viewer. Samani operates here like an echo of the themes of the other works, while also literally turning on the relationship, given in the title of the exhibition, between sun/light/vitality/nature and work/artificiality. What is at stake in all three parts of the exhibition is an actualization of one of Nicolai's main concerns: to set up complex relations between abstract form and content, between the perception of a surface and the social implications it evokes.












 


































Olaf Nicolai, Faites le travail qu'accomplit le soleil, Kestnergesellschaft, Hanover

© ArtCatalyse International / Marika Prévosto 2012. All Rights Reserved

Exhibition 11 June - 22 August 2010. Kestnergesellschaft, Goseriede 11 - 30159 Hanover (Germany). Opening hours: Tuesday through Sunday 11am to 6pm, Thursday 11am to 8pm.








Exhibition logo conceived and designed by Olaf Nicolai and HIT, 2010 © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2010, Courtesy Galerie Eigen + Art, Leipzig/Berlin

A publication with an introduction by Veit Görner and texts by Anne von der Heiden, Kathrin Meyer and Monika Szewczyk will be published in August 2010 by spector books.







Exhibition logo conceived and designed by Olaf Nicolai and HIT, 2010 © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2010, Courtesy Galerie Eigen + Art, Leipzig/Berlin