17 January - 23 March 2014
'A Plan to Follow Summer Around the World' is Friedrich Kunath's first solo exhibition in France. It will feature recent and new works by the artist, in a space within the Centre d’art contemporain d’Ivry that has been specifically conceived for the exhibition.
'Friedrich Kunath is not a painter. Nor is he a draftsman, sculptor, or filmmaker. He is all of these things at once. More specifically, he is an artist representative of his generation – one whose attitude, not to say aesthetic position, is one of flux. Contemporary flux, in which the perpetual motion of new technologies developing around us finds a number of forms of expression within his work. Recycling, collages, references, quotations – these are the tools with which he has chosen to construct his iconography while not letting himself be crushed by monolithic and dominant culture.
Using various collisions, clashes, and stylistic crashes he puts into place an abundant iconography drawing on various sources, many of which are impacted by two poles – the culture of wisdom and popular culture – to the point of obsession and even, at times, systematization. Using the same strategies of superimposition and collage that feature in his pictorial works, he constructs a world on the basis of fragments from diverse repertoires – cinematic, televisual, literary and musical – to which he adds references to his own work whose lyricism combines past and present, happiness and melancholy.'
Claire Le Restif, 'Dark Rainbow' (excerpts), in 'Friedrich Kunath'. 'In my Room'. Catalogue, Modern Art Oxford, ed. Walther König, Köln, 2013.
'Friedrich Kunath: A Plan to Follow Summer Around the World'
Centre d’artcontemporain d’Ivry - le Crédac
La Manufacture des Œillets
25-29 rue Raspail
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Saturday & Sunday: 2-7pm
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Friedrich Kunath 'What Difference It Makes When It Doesn't Make Any Difference Anymore' 2013
Polystyrene foam, paint (2-parts), lp record 178 x 30.5 x 20.3 cm
© Friedrich Kunath Photo: Roman Maerz, Berlin Courtesy Blum & Poe, BQ, Andrea Rosen Gallery and White Cube