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Ingo Gerken

 

 

To See And To Be Seen - Ingo Gerken - 2011

format:carpet, drain pipes, living eagle owl
dimesions: 700 x 500 cm
Image: Installation view courtesy of the artist

In To See And To Be Seen Gerken brought a living owl into an empty gallery space to watch, observe and overlook the visitors from a distance. The simple presence and symbolic authority of the motionless bird dominated the situation and hypnotized the audience. The work created a total absence of action but revealed a closed circuit of concentration, silence and awareness.

 


 

Sunset (feat.Josef Albers) - Ingo Gerken - 2003

format: Lightjet print on Kodak Endura paper
dimensions: 46 x 50 cm

Sunset (feat.Josef Albers)  2003 is from Gerken's series Cityworks. Interested in the fragility of power strategies, as made apparent by continuing efforts to fill the last available empty sites in Berlin with high-risk speculative architecture. Cityworks, a consecutive photo series, shows subversive sculptural gestures, which intervene with the urban environment.

 


 

Sunset (feat.Josef Albers)  2003 - Ingo Gerken
from the series Cityworks
Image: Courtesy of the artist

 



 

The Sun, The Rain And The Wind
- Ingo Gerken - 2009

format: styrofoam, umbrella parts, sunglasses, tesa
dimesions: 80 x 60 x 45 cm

The Sun Rain Wind piece is a sculptural constellation of useful, but broken objects. All physical connections between the parts are loose, immediate and speculative, perhaps offering the viewer entropy, change, transition and hope.

The Sun, The Rain And The Wind - Ingo Gerken -2009
styrofoam, umbrella parts, sunglasses, tesa
80 x 60 x 45 cm
Image: Installation view courtesy of the artist
     



Ingo Gerken (born 1971) is based in Berlin. He studied at Muthesius-Academy of Fine Arts and Design, Kiel/Germany and Glasgow School of Art. His work has been shown throughout Europe, Canada and Australia. Selected solo shows include those at Pianissimo, Milan; Gitte Weise Gallery, Berlin, Apex Pro Art, Göttingen, Germany; Artissima, Turin, Italy; Espace de Création Contemporaine, Saint Etienne, France, Trottoir, Hamburg; Förderverein Aktuelle Kunst, Münster, Germany; Barbara Holstein Gallery, Paris; Glasgow School of Art, Scotland and University of Southern Queensland, Australia. He has shown in group shows at MicaMoca Berlin; Main d´Oeuvre, Paris; Galeria Neon, Budapest; University of Greenwich, London; Temporäre Kunsthalle Berlin; Neuer Berliner Kunstverein; Künstlerhaus Bremen, Germany; Centre for Contemporary Art, Warsaw; Tent, Centre for Visual Arts, Rotterdam, The Netherlands; The New Society for Visual Arts (NGBK), Berlin; Kristiansand Kunstforening, Norway; Stadtgalerie, Kiel, Germany; mkg127, Toronto, Canada and Jan Murphy Gallery, Brisbane. Gerken is represented by Pianissimo, Milan and Gitte Weise Gallery, Sydney.