Those who want to know what holds the world together internally are more likely to think of a particle accelerator than a poet. Tiny little pieces are shot at each other at almost the speed of light in order to reveal their inner components. In the Michael Fuchs Galerie the worlds of Johannes Albers and Douglas Gordon collide with an uncertain outcome.
The exhibition is entitled ‘Mauer’ (Wall); a term that will forever be linked to Berlin. Berlin’s most famous construction and the euphoria over its fall belong to the past. There are new walls. The wall is both a limitation and a projection surface for our curiosity. A consistent theme in Alber’s work is both change and variability of the world. The boundary between an attempt and an action is reflected in the exhibition in a glass suitcase. A new beginning, fragile, transparent, but also as dangerous as an item of luggage left by an assailant. Douglas Gordon will shoot at 365 light bulbs in order research them in the manner of a particle physicist.
Johannes Albers was born in 1966 in Lingen/Emsland Germany. Between 1987 and 1990 he studied at Goldsmith’s College in London in the midst of the YBA (Young British Artist) generation. Douglas Gordon, born in 1966 in Glasgow, studied from 1984 to 1988 at the Glasgow School of Art and between 1988 and 1990 at the Slade School of Art in London. Gordon has had numerous solo and group exhibitions and has received multiple awards, including the Turner Prize in 1996 and the Käthe-Kollwitz Prize from the ‘Akademie der Künst’ (Academy of Arts, Berlin) in 2012.