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Is This A Picture Or Am I Supposed To Read It

02.11.14–14.11.14 Ana Kun
Vernissage:
Samstag, 1.11.
ab 19 Uhr
Finissage:
Samstag, 15.11.
ab 19 Uhr

02.11. 14–21:30 Uhr Artist-​Brunch

The show con­ta­ins an ensem­ble of painted works and dia­lo­gue bubbles, giving the viewer the feeling that he or she browses through a graphic novel. The highly detailed pain­tings, whose com­po­si­tion is a stream of con­scious­ness, contain less writing than the text works; all works have a visible nar­ra­tive struc­ture, are whim­si­cal themed and highly refe­ren­tial.

Most the works explore the way in which the Anglo-​Saxon pop culture, from chewing gum and kryp­to­nite to Cthulhu and Buffalo Bill, becomes a part of the artist’s per­so­nal mytho­logy. For ins­tance, Buffalo Bill was here refers to Wild West European tour which inclu­ded both Timisoara and Karlsruhe, but it also dwells on the some­what trau­ma­tic per­so­nal expe­ri­ence of reading e.e. cum­mings’ poem Buffalo Bill’s defunct at a very young age.

A few works pre­serve the Romanian lan­guage and cul­tu­ral frame of refe­rence, such as Post Jigarai (After Heartburn) and the text of George Stavropoleos, while one work ent­it­led Schon Gut func­tions as a lan­guage bridge. The middle ground between the artist and the viewer, in terms of lan­guage, is the usage of English, native to neither, hence the message of one of the works to “please trans­late”.

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