until 07.04. | #1857ARTatBerlin | Galerie Judin presents from 16th February 2018 the exhibition “Walpurgisnacht” (Walpurgis Night) by the artist Philipp Fürhofer. It is the second exhibition of Philipp Fürhofer at Galerie Judin.
With thirteen new works, Philipp Fürhofer brings together two themes with exciting light objects and assemblages, which have been his artistic interest for quite some time. On the one hand, these are atmospheric landscape panoramas that could have sprung from one of the stage sets, that Fürhofer enthused opera visitors throughout Europe: rhythmic lighting circuits set the scenes in dramatic color moods and ensured surprising through-and-outs. On the other hand, his works take on the human body: larger-than-life, painted outlines appear and impressively take shape through their continuation in surprising materials. An identity is not bestowed on the protagonist at first sight – a head is seldom, never to make out an entire face.
In most of the exhibited works, all of which were created in 2017, the artist interlaced these two themes, as in the case of the eponymous work Walpurgisnacht II. When the light is off, a wonderfully picturesque, male torso takes in the entire picture. As soon as the box is illuminated, the painted and plastic hairs mutate into the branches of two groups of trees that appear on the sides of the work. Although only body fragments are always visible, we penetrate through this entanglement of two visual worlds but in a downright psychological dimensions.
For similar to the back figures that were trained in German art of the 19th century, Fürhofer has created a series of identification figures, on the basis of the associated landscapes both personal and social yearnings can be projected. They embody the desire, both then and now, for individual feeling and the turning away from an industrialized society, which is more than present in Fürhofer’s works. Landscapes become an emotional and intellectual space of resonance – also a phenomenon of the 19th century, which is closely connected with the emergence of the German nation. The special, identity-forming role of the German forest reflects Fürhofer in numerous works of the exhibition, including Walpurgisnacht I, thaw and thought forest.
Despite this roots in the art-historical tradition, Fürhofer’s approach could not be more contemporary. The works always reveal the secret of their power of action. The switch boxes and outward cable layers placed on the floor make the control mechanisms of the illusion machines visible. Never cover the backdrop-like decorated boxes the included bulbs. And even the banal materials are always recognizable.
Until February 25, 2018, the solo exhibition Philipp Fürhofer is running. [DIS] CONNECT in the Schirn Kuntshalle, Frankfurt am Main. For the exhibition You are Faust. Goethe’s drama in art, which takes place from February 23 to July 29, 2018, in the Kunsthalle, Munich, the artist has developed a stage-like exhibition course.
Philipp Fürhofer was born in 1982 in Augsburg. He lives and works in Berlin.
Vernissage: Friday, 16th February 2018, 06:00 – 09:00 p.m.
Exhibition period: Friday, 16th February to Saturday, 7th April 2018Zur Galerie Judin
Image caption: Philipp Fürhofer, Evaporated Blue, 2017 / Courtesy the artist and Galerie Judin, Berlin
Exhibition Philipp Fürhofer – Galerie Judin | Contemporary Art – Kunst in Berlin – ART at Berlin