A Gradual Approximation to the Sun

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This man was very concerned about not having become a person (…) in contrast to his own belittlement of and uncertainty about himself, he was always on the brink of being overawed and crashed by the formidable reality that other people contained‘ (R.D. Laing, 1969)

In staging the paradoxical struggle of the individual to adapt to objective reality, the work focuses on the inner pathos of the subject (the artist himself) caught up in the process of be-coming, particularly on what Kierkegaard calls ‘subjective inwardness’. The thirty-two photographs re-presenting nine actions combined with the ready-made sculpture take the form of an existential study in Conceptualism and Subjectivity. In the photographs the artist is seen drifting in the city, performing subtle gestures that can be read as poetic and ironic (in their own peculiar way) explorations of the self.

The title of the readymade ‘Petra and I (Nice to Meet You)’ reveals the intimate nature of the work, a re-presentation of an encounter between the artist and a woman named Petra, that in Italian sounds very similar to pietra, meaning stone. Beyond this (Freudian?) coincidence, the materials, glass and stone, disclose in the artist’s intentions the inner world of the subjects. In contrast with the warm atmosphere suggested by title, the distance between the two subjects/objects is filled only with uncertainty and anxiety.

Photo: Installation View

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A Gradual Approximation to the Sun – 32x C-Prints mounted on paper, Total dimension (framed) cm 90 x 300

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Petra and I (Nice to Meet You) – Stone, Wine Glass, cm 120 x 80 x 80 (approximate, including plinths)

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(I) THE DAY PLAUSIBILITY DISAPPEARED. AT THE SAME TIME AS FRIENDS

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(II) A GRADUAL APPROXIMATION TO THE SUN
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(III) IS HEIDEGGER TELLING THE TRUTH?
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(IV) PORTRAIT OF ONESELF
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(V) KONTEMPLATION. BECAUSE NOTHING IS SECURE
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(VI) STUDY FOR THE BREAK OUT OF A STATE OF UNBEARABLE TENSION
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(VII) AN ENTITY THAT GENUINELY EXEMPLIFIES ITS BEING (PART II)
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(VIII) DISCLOSURE
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(IX) THE UNITY OF PERCEPTUAL SENSATIONS
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