Mai 36 Galerie presents the fourth solo exhibition by German artist Manfred Pernice.
Manfred Pernice works with a variety of materials, including wood and chipboard, metal, concrete-plaster and clay (ceramic), combined with various elements and objects, to create works, ensembles and installations. The resulting three-dimensional pieces oscillate between sculptural collage, sculpture, model and installation.
The exhibition Lando (I – VIII, 2018) at Mai 36 Galerie presents new works by the artist, staged as a group and reflecting aspects reminiscent of a furniture store in liquidation (second choice/second hand). The basic elements (cylinders) take the form of plinths and bases, as well as vessels and minimalist sculptures. These “remnants” and “job lots” are complemented by sculptural elements that address, in both form and presentation, an expanded (or already disintegrating) concept of sculpture. This sense of dissolution harbors the hope of a new beginning and focused concentration. For while their simplicity of form makes them appear at first glance to be functional objects, these elements are also redolent of architectural or spatial fragments, calling into question the function and concept of the space and, with that, the perception and reception of art itself.
Although each individual work is in itself autonomous, the abstract objects nevertheless interact with one another as well as with the visitors walking among the diffuse boundaries of the exhibition space and the created space. The exhibition allows viewers to immerse themselves in the world of the artist and, in doing so, to discover their own realms of thought that are opened up to them by their reception of the works. The latently menacing, harmless, anodyne, complex or even violent “outside world” thus seems to be completely blanked out, and yet at the same time to be present within the exhibition in a surprisingly non-committal way.
Manfred Pernice (born 1963 in Hildesheim, Germany) lives and works in Berlin. He studied graphic art and painting at the Hochschule für Bildende Künste in Brunswick, as well as sculpture at the Hochschule der Künste in Berlin. Since 2012, he has been teaching sculpture at the Universität der Künste in Berlin. Pernice’s works were last shown in the exhibition “2-B Dosenwelt” at Kunstmuseum St. Gallen and are represented in many important collections, including the Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York.
A 10-page black and white publication will be published on the occasion of the exhibition, which can be ordered by an entry in the guestbook (23.- CHF).Courtesy of the artist and Mai 36 Galerie, Zürich