Saturday 19. August 2023, 4:00 pm
The artist will be present
You think you know them, these places, these compositions of old things, of rubbish, of idyllic vegetation. You don't discover them by strolling, rarely by walking. To get here, you have to roam around, follow an urban explorer's instinct, leave paths, look for hiding places. Children and young people are best at this, but so are homeless people or graffiti sprayers. And then they appear, the traces of the heavy objects, the technical legacies from past decades. Like a whispering bag from the 1920s, musical instruments, fire extinguishers, drawers full of stuff vendor's tray from the cinema or a Converse Chuck shoe. Ambitiously piled high, romantically dropped down or burning warmth in a fireplace. Together they act like fertilizer, through them weeds blossom paradisiacally. After a few moments of contemplation, it finally becomes clear that Fritz Bornstück's pictures do not show real places, they only seem that way at first glance. They are un-places, exposed in hidden places and relocated in a fictitious map of the world. Larissa Kikol
About the artist
Born 1982 in Weilburg an der Lahn, Germany
Lives and works in Berlin, Germany
Bornstück paints compositions from an anachronistic world of consumption, antique symbols of status and cultural pleasure, which he does not exhibit conceptually as ready-made, but translates into figurative painting. This makes one think of a "dirty" Leipzig School or of wild Impressionism. In keeping with the pictorial motif, a patina also seems to have settled over the painting. From the closest proximity, the painterly details, which dissolve abstractly, are of interest here. Paint is not applied thinly, but pastos. In some places it is pressed on and off again or scraped off and then painted over again. Gestures and roughness can also only be seen when looking directly into the eyes of the canvas. In small strokes, a more chaotic brushstroke is reflected, but without disturbing the figurative representation premise that makes up the picture as a whole.