Tobias Spichtig: Pretty Fine

Cat. Contemporary Fine Arts Berlin

Exhibition Catalogue, edited by Bruno Brunnet and Nicole Hackert
texts (German/English) by Kristian Vistrup Madsen, Theresa Patzschke
32 p with 17 coloured illustrations
280 x 200 mm, stapled brochure

ISBN 978-3-86442-333-8

19,80 €

To make what is near seem far strikes me as key to this work

In Spichtig’s work a similar push and pull between attachement and repellence produces a certain form of iconicity, but one that does not ask for devotion. You recognise »something« about the pictures, and want to be in proximity to this something, congratulate yourself on how it resonates, bask in the cool, grunge speed of it. But the familiarity at play here stems not from likeness – to you, or your life – but from strangeness. What you recognise is not the content but the outline; if an experience, then of absence … It was actually Stichtig who told me what Marlene Dietrich said of how to keep an audience hooked: who is the one person everyone knows? The one who is not there. »Sing to them,« she said. Dietrich and Spichtig practice seduction without betrayal. It is also iconicity without idealism, or even idology. Let me try another one: recollection without memory?  Kristian Vistrup Madsen

CFA Contemporary Fine Arts Berlin, 2/9 – 26/9/2020