until 19.10. | #2572ARTatBerlin | Köppe Contemporary presents from 6. September 2019 the exhibition Recogcognitionnition with works by the artists Becker Schmitz and Il-Jin Atem Choi.
Recogcognitionnition: Being able to recognize not recognizing
Becker Schmitz and Il-Jin Atem Choi attempt to overcome the profane, absolute, moral and didactic in art in order to escape the poetic appearance that arises when the work of art is too certain to be on the right side of history. Not to mention epigonal tendencies within contemporary art.
The art-historical genealogy that stretches out within the painting of Becker Schmitz should still be able to be foreseen. In his works, however, the artist explains the overcoming of the motif despite his apparent loyalty to the manifesto of a simultaneity of presence and absence.
Il-Jin Atem Choi’s works, on the other hand, attempt to negate any obvious genealogy – in the neo-Dadaist consciousness of the impossibility of such an undertaking. The essence of his works permeates the paradoxical claim to establish and endure the creative act as an active non-activity in order to name the end in itself of art as indefinable.
Both positions oscillate between states of not being able to recognize and recognize. A cosmos unfolds in front of them, which in its genealogical reference on the one hand and the abolition of form and autonomy to art history on the other develops into a discourse rich in nuances. The overcoming of dogmas towards the acceptance of the designation of non-existence in being is placed at the centre of observation.
Becker Schmitz (*1980) and Il-Jin Atem Choi (*1981) were both born in Moers and studied at the Freie Akademie der bildenden Künste Essen and the Städelschule in Frankfurt am Main, respectively. Becker Schmitz has been teaching at the Hochschule für bildende Künste Essen since 2018. Two collaborative works (Fuel Cell and Playing Them Trees) were exhibited and realized at the Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt, Crawford Art Gallery, Cork, Ireland, Kunstraum Kreuzberg, Berlin, SchauFenster, Berlin, Nassauischer Kunstverein, Wiesbaden, TURM des Lehmbruck Museums, Duisburg and RAUM für Kunst, Düsseldorf.
Becker Schmitz and Il-Jin Atem Choi attempt to overcome the profane, absolute, moral and didactic in art in order to escape the poetic appearance that arises when the work of art is too certain to be on the right side of history.
Vernissage: Thursday, 5 September 2019, 7:00-10:00 pm
Ausstellungsdaten: Friday, 6 September – Saturday, 19 Oktober 2019
Exhibition Becker Schmitz + Il-Jin Atem Choi – Köppe Contemporary | Zeitgenössische Kunst in Berlin | Contemporary Art | Exhibition Berlin Galleries | ART at Berlin