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Rindfleisch | Rapedius

Stars of Stripes

September 17 - October 22, 2005

Opening Reception : September 21, 2005 7-9 pm

Klaus von Nichtssagend Gallery is pleased to present the first US exhibition of the German artists Rapedius/Rindfleisch. Referencing minimal and conceptual art of the seventies with an acute sense of humor, the exhibition space itself is used as an integral part of the installation and serves as a springboard for the realization of their pieces.

For the exhibition Stars of Stripes will create a large star made of colorful ribbon extended from the various corners of the galleryˆ¢s walls. Amidst this three-dimensional web, black and white photographs of silos and farms are hung on the walls. The architectural elements of these farms have been turned into colorful phallic rocketships. The photographs recall the work of Bernd and Hilla Becher and point to a heritage of Rapedius/Rindfleisch’s German collaborative predecessors. The interspersed sculptural and wall pieces create a complimentary and complicated reading of both elements in the exhibition.

Rapedius/Rindfleisch have shown extensively in Europe, including Paris, Munich, Zurich and Hamburg, the city in which they live and work. Their next exhibition is in November at the S.M.A.K. museum (Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst) in Belgium.