February 16 – March 16, 2013
Großzügige Sachzuwendung (Generous Donation) presents still and moving images by the German artist Heiko Neumeister and the British filmmaker John Smith.
Both artists are drawn to the everyday, a familiar comic grotesque of stubbornly solid objects and constructions. The quiet diligence with which hotel corridors or piles of discarded furniture are observed builds into a dreamlike logic, sometimes suggesting an expression of political intent, sometimes a description of a metaphysical system. Yet any train of thought always returns to material subject matter, heavy and impassable, like crash barriers along a speedway track.
We would like to thank Vorwerk for the carpet, photographic laboratory Andreas Doria, Martin Wellermann for photographic printing, and Rainer Korsen for supplying monitors. We would especially like to thank Volko Kamensky for the design and installation of the exhibition.
Videos: courtesy of the artist and Tanya Leighton Gallery, Berlin