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.
I wish my pictures
November 15, 2014–January 17, 2015
In I wish my pictures, Elfgen's new exhibition at Sprüth Magers in Berlin, two thematic strands emerge into the foreground which have been latently present in his œuvre for a long time: the importance of landscape for our being-in-the-world, and the processes with which we perceive or do not perceive this world. A large assemblage sculpture, illumanted by a streetlamp protruding from the wall, is the first sight when entering the room. The exhibition reveals itself under the watchful eye of a circular mirror, into which intarsia has been inserted resembling a pupil. Landscape paintings and assemblages, the latter standing on the ground, guide through the two-parted exhibition space.Read more