Robert Elfgen (* 1972) is acclaimed for a mytho-poetic artistic universe that revolves around the relationship between human beings and the world. His assemblages, collages, light objects, videos, floor- and wall works are frequently arranged in room-filling installations that resemble walk-in paintings. The Cologne-based artist makes use of objets trouvés from his everyday surroundings, but also draws upon such traditional artistic media as metal engraving, reverse glass painting, inlay and various printing-making techniques. The often-improvised combination of found objects, images and technical approaches conjures complex associations and interconnected layers of meaning.
April 28–July 3, 2021
Sprüth Magers is delighted to present the solo exhibition Higgs-Boson by Robert Elfgen featuring new paintings at Sprüth Magers Window. It is the first exhibition at the Berlin gallery of this format: taking the art out of the white cube and placing it in a more intimate setting, while also offering the chance to experience the works from a street view. Elfgen’s new paintings are reminiscent of romantic landscapes. The grain of the wooden base is visible through their metallic shimmering surfaces, so that the material becomes part of the work in the form of sky or water.
The exhibition’s title alludes to the elementary particle Higgs-Boson, also called “the God particle,” which is highly complicated to detect: it is always there but only visible under certain constellations for a fleeting moment. In his new paintings, Elfgen refers to this phenomenon by challenging the idea of what is invisible in the visible.