until 01.04. | #1113ARTatBerlin | Contemporary Fine Arts presents from 2nd March 2017 the exhibition”Deformation Improfessionelle” by the artist Ulrich Strothjohann.
Ulrich Strothjohann, who has been working in Berlin again for the past few years, first garnered attention as part of the Cologne art scene in the 1990s. Discretely and pointedly, he inscribes his works with tricks, produces ironic references, creates mysterious allegories, and takes pleasure in misleading the viewer. Language and the written word are significant components of Strothjohann’s art, dealing playfully with images and ideas. In this vein, the exhibition title is deliberately written incorrectly to be a reversal and corruption of the term, ‚déformation professionnelle,‘ though it can also be read as “deformation, unprofessional.”
The exhibition will open with a one-time world premiere of an approx. 30-minutes performance, in which the artworks will “come into being” through the actors Jeanette Spassova, Horst-Günter Marx, Jakob D’Aprile, and Jan Koslowski. During the performance, the actors will operate the equipment and read short texts aloud, some of which will be improvised. Following Strothjohann’s video work, “Cleaners” from 2007, someone will shuffle around the room with a broom and dustpan muttering to themselves. Another person will sit in front of the table “An Open Conversation,” turn the fan on, occasionally push sheets of paper through the slots while monotonously reciting texts.
Vernissage: Thursday, 2nd March 2017, 7 to 9 p.m.
Exhibition period: Thursday, 2nd March to Saturday, 1st April 2017Zu Contemporary Fine Arts
Image caption: Ulrich Strothjohann, “Deformation Improfessionelle”, Courtesy Contemporary Fine Arts Berlin
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