Parkett 67 2003 June 2003

John Bock, Peter Doig, Fred Tomaselli, insert-Marcel Dzama

ISBN13/Barcode: 9783907582176


Ars Combinatoria

  • Author: Jens Hoffmann

  • Artist: John Bock

  • Section: Collaboration

Bock-Ness Monster

  • Author: Jan Avgikos

  • Artist: John Bock

  • Section: Collaboration

Rope Tricks

  • Author: Daniel Birnbaum

  • Artist: John Bock

  • Section: Collaboration

Contemporary Fragility

  • Author: Rudi Fuchs

  • Artist: Peter Doig

  • Section: Collaboration

Peter Doig: A Partial Record

  • Author: Paul Bonaventura

  • Artist: Peter Doig

  • Section: Collaboration

Peter Doigs “Jetzt”

  • Author: Beatrix Ruf

  • Artist: Peter Doig

  • Section: Collaboration

Through a Window, Darkly

  • Author: Dan Cameron

  • Artist: Fred Tomaselli

  • Section: Collaboration

Tomaselli’s Postmodern Gnosticism

  • Author: Daniel Pinchbeck

  • Artist: Fred Tomaselli

  • Section: Collaboration

Transcendence Is Pop

  • Author: James Rondeau

  • Artist: Fred Tomaselli

  • Section: Collaboration

The Invention of the Schaulager. The new Schaulager of the Laurenz Foundation fo…

  • Author: Theodora Vischer

  • Section: Miscellaneous / Varia

Underground, Underworld, Understanding Colin De Land 1955–2003

  • Author: Francesco Bonami

  • Section: Miscellaneous / Varia

My Work Ends in Music. Hanne Darboven’s Notations as Musical Works

  • Author: Sibylle Omlin

  • Artist: Hanne Darboven

  • Section: Miscellaneous / Varia

The Starling Variations

  • Author: Troy Selvaratnam

  • Artist: Simon Starling

  • Section: Miscellaneous / Varia

Wang Fu’s Cycle Prima Materia/Riots

  • Author: Hartmut Böhme

  • Artist: Wang Fu

  • Section: Les Infos du Paradis


  • Author: Daniele Muscionico

  • Artist: Patrick Weidmann

  • Section: Balkon

Mimetic Moments

  • Author: Rita Kersting

  • Section: Cumulus

Notes on Renewed Appropriationisms

  • Author: Lauri Firstenberg

  • Section: Cumulus


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John BockPeter Doig, and Fred Tomaselli seem to be spelling out a new universe in the act of shaping their personal inventory in space or confining it to a plane. The first paints, the second constructs and gives eccentric lectures, and the third embeds tiny cutouts and real plants under an acrylic veneer. Their points of reference burrow deep into the world and break out of it, oscillating between cosmic and atomistic dimensions. It is as if the universe and its subuniverses were being tidied in order to create startling new complexities, the likes of which, though often conjectured, have never been seen in this form before, for they are certainly not hermetically sealed. On the contrary, they breathe a supra-personal and comprehensible credibility. Are these artists forging, pasting, and even knitting a new concept of authenticity with their matter-of-fact array of curious set pieces?

The heart of the matter is a world perceived in close and, so to speak, truthful association with the activities attendant upon that perception. If an artistic past reverberates in the “intimacy” of Peter Doig’s paintings, then it is precisely because the quintessential ordinariness of the subject matter that feeds into them speaks so intensely of today. This explains the engaging approach to materials that strikes the viewer on closer, empathetic study. Scents, colors, images are inscribed in the “oil on canvas” as wide-ranging immaterial elements, as the sedimentation of scraps deposited, invited and uninvited, in all of us, for are we not at times remote-controlled machines of sensation?

John Bock also proposes an astonishing treatment of materials by shifting ideas of truth content to the abstruse backyards of experience and discourse: to the realms of shaving cream, bean soup, and bales of hay, as well as the remote and recondite scholarship of abstract scientific formulas and inaccessible laboratories. Solid, down-to-earth fact and aloof abstraction blend into each other in the most unlikely—or rather likely—encounters between reputed nature and crystalline theory, between heartless sanity and heartfelt insanity.

The curiosities dealt with in this issue of Parkett warrant that designation only from a specific vantage point. The picture on the cover shows searchers willingly immersed for the moment in another, “alien” world—one that quite clearly belongs to all that is old and familiar. Concepts not only of material but also of time melt into each other in the works of these artists.

Fred Tomaselli’s pictures, reminiscent of amber, capture both eons and seconds that coalesce into the most delicately chiseled images of unfathomable depth. When Tomaselli plunges into the proverbial flood of mass media images and, with devoted care, patiently shifts and organizes his clipped “atoms” until the universe radiates anew in the soaring dimensions of his spaces, it seems he has found a passing answer to the question of why such a flood of images even exists.

The Insert is by Marcel Dzama, and the spine has been designed by Fiona Banner.

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Author N/A
Binding Magazine
Pages 230
Report Date N/A
Date Published 19 Jun 2003
Frequency No
ISBN13/Barcode 9783907582176
ISBN10 3907582179
Publisher Parkett Verlag

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