press release

BLACK HOLE is an international group show ideated especially for Kunsthalle Andratx. The show features painting, sculpture, video, film, installation, photography by about 20 international contemporary artists. The artists’ works are multidimensional and multilayered, what they share are the references in their exploration of theme. Their subversive, incisive and sensitive commentaries on the subject create a varied imagery.

A black hole defines a surface in spacetime that marks a point of no return. Once an object has crossed this surface there is no way that it can return to the other side.

Every period in art reflects the prevailing sense of the human condition. The exhibition BLACK HOLE represents the current sense of cultural dysphoria, a state of dissatisfaction and anxiety, remembering images and feelings of the 80’s. Art presents itself fragile just as the construction of our life. In consequence forms are ruptured and deteriorating. The show reflects an existential search for truth that is never complete but a fragmented, complicated, multi-sided, not absolute one that at the same time proves to be full of unknown escapes and possibilities.

In response to a moment marked by existential threads, the artists in this exhibition create works in which the political or social is addressed indirectly through metaphoric or poetic approaches and subtle contextual displacements thus turning the subject into an existential questioning. Borrowing visual idioms from the realms of advertising or the media, these artists locate tangential points of protest that are slyly complicit with the terms of capitalism they often seek to undermine. At the same time, they investigate romanticized notions of outlaw culture and underground movements.

BLACK HOLE presents contemporary artistic positions that melt the monochrome atmosphere of our post-industrial times with their visions of the present. The art works in the exhibition mix a formal language that is reduced to the elementary with a strong consciousness for the presence thus creating a specific aesthetics.

BLACK HOLE Curator: Friederike Nymphius

Artists: Markus Amm 1968 / D, Tauba Auerbach 1981 / USA, Tobias Bernstrup 1970 / NOR, Karla Black 1970 / GB, Henning Bohl 1975 / D, Tom Burr 1963 / USA, Neil Campbell / CAN, Philippe Decrauzat 1974 / CH, Cerith Wyn Evans 1958 / GB, Matias Faldbakken 1973 / DK, Andreas Golinski 1979 / D, Evan Gruzis 1979 / USA, Kitty Kraus 1976 / D, Alicja Kwade 1979 / D, Olivier Mosset 1944 / CH, Steven Parrino 1958-2005 / USA, Adam Pendleton 1980 / USA, Peter Peri 1971 / GB, Diego Perrone 1970 / I, Riccardo Previdi 1974 / I, Florian Pumhösl 1971 / A, David Renggli 1974 / CH, Ugo Rondinone 1963 / CH, Dennis Rudolph 1980 / D, Allen Ruppersberg 1944 / USA, Charles Sandison 1970 / USA, Matt Saunders 1975 / USA, David Shrigley 1968 / GB, Paul Snowden 1970 / NZ, SUPERFLEX / DK, Mark Titchner 1974 / GB

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Kurator: Friederike Nymphius

Artists: Markus Amm, Tauba Auerbach, Tobias Bernstrup, Karla Black, Henning Bohl, Tom Burr, Neil Campbell, Philippe Decrauzat, Cerith Wyn Evans, Matias Faldbakken, Andreas Golinski, Evan Gruzis, Kitty Kraus, Alicja Kwade, Olivier Mosset, Steven Parrino, Adam Pendleton, Peter Peri, Diego Perrone, Riccardo Previdi, Florian Pumhösl, David Renggli, Ugo Rondinone, Dennis Rudolph, Allen Ruppersberg, Charles Sandison, Matt Saunders, David Shrigley, Paul Snowden, Superflex , Mark Titchner