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Rindfleisch | Rapedius


November 2 - December 16, 2007

Opening Reception : November 2, 2007 7-9 pm

Klaus von Nichtssagend Gallery is pleased to present Rindfleisch/Rapedius’s second solo show with the gallery. The Hamburg/Berlin duo will exhibit a new body of work incorporating a sculptural installation and a collection of drawings, together titledMonte Vera.

Using seemingly simple, everyday materials, the work of Rindfleisch/Rapedius both expands and subverts the art-historically venerable realm of the landscape, frequently drawing upon their own travels as models.

The artists developed Monte Vera during a residency in Argentina, from which they are just returning. For this installation they have employed two large rolls of paper stood on end, finely cut at the edges, with integrated drawings to trace mountainous passages. Created in the cosmopolitan center of Buenos Aires, the paper sculptures and drawings reflect the manifold elements of the landscape that surrounded them on their trips into the countryside. Here the artists look to the role of naturalists and explorers like the Prussian Alexander von Humboldt, his well-documented 19th century expedition to Latin America and the observational drawings he made there. The transportable rolls of Monte Vera physically insinuate a lightweight mobility which furthers the notions of travel and exploration in the work. At the same time the white paper mirrors the white walls of the gallery space, anchoring the sculpture in its decidely indoor architectural environment. The installation can thus be seen as documentary evidence of – or urban nostalgia for – the artists’ journeys.

Rindfleisch/Rapedius have shown extensively in Europe, including solo shows at SMAK Belgium, and in Hamburg and Berlin. In the past year they have been awarded two residencies, first in Worpswede, Germany and most recently in Buenos Aires, Argentina.