Wednesday, November 15, 2017, 7pm
high-density Lecture of the artist Thomas Wachholz
Thomas Wachholz (* 1984, lives and works in Cologne) examines the general conditions of industrial, handicraft, and artistic production in his formally reduced works. His works are imbued with conceptual thought and particularly emphasize both the significance and necessity of personal choice and social interaction. Wachholz’ practice is reminiscent of the efficient structuring of everyday work, the functionality and monotony of which fascinates him. For each of his groups of works, he defines a set of rules that describes processes within which materials, substances, or participants respond to each other. For example, he rubs off the color of a printed banner, creates a drawing by means of lighting matches, or has a billboard continuously rehung. Even though the linear production processes may seem unromantic, it is precisely in this that the poetry of the works lies. There is no going back in its process – Wachholz, however, sounds out the depths within the conditions that have been imposed upon it. In this way, the subjective is absorbed into the works and becomes perceptible in details and nuances.
Thomas Wachholz will introduce his practice at the event and also show an installation that was developed in cooperation with Juliane Duft and realized especially for the Kölnischer Kunstverein.
The lecture will take place in German. Please note that the event will be filmed.
Admission €4 / concessions €2. Free for members.
With the kind support of:
Photo: Thomas Wachholz, CMYK, 2012, 02:03 min (film still); © Thomas Wachholz