Kunstverein Siegen
Simon Mielke, Phung-Tien Phan, Franca Scholz, Lukas Thaler

Daily Business | Group Show Kunstverein Siegen

Kunstverein Siegen
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October 17, 2022
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September 9, 2022
October 23, 2022
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Jennifer Cierlitza
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Simon Vogel
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Kunstverein Siegen presents the Group Show DAILY BUSINESS, Curated by Jennifer Cierlitza with following Artists: Simon Mielke, Phung-Tien Phan, Franca Scholz, Lukas Thaler

Daily Business | Kunstverein Siegen

The exhibition Daily Business takes up fragments and atmospheric images of our times and our daily life: The boundaries between inside and outside, digital and analog, material and immaterial space are currently being dissolved and intermingled increasingly with the domestic sphere and a private everyday aesthetic.

Installation View | Kunstverein Siegen

Presstext Daily Business

Through digital daily routines and social media, the individual domestic as well as the intimate private spheres have experienced a major shift. The private space is becoming a public stage that can be seen by everyone.

The (self-)showing and being shown of (supposedly) individual space reveals a force field defined by ambivalence and breaks, which artists exploit for their work.
The exhibition Daily Business takes up fragments and atmospheric images of our times and our daily life: The boundaries between inside and outside, digital and analog, material and immaterial space are currently being dissolved and intermingled increasingly with the domestic sphere and a private everyday aesthetic. Simon Mielke, Phung-Tien Phan, Franca Scholz and Lukas Thaler present inner images and emotions on different levels, which they relate spatially to their own bodies, their external environment as well as their living and sheltering spaces, allowing for multi-layered questions.

Exhibition View | Kunstverein Siegen

Through digital daily routines and social media, the individual domestic as well as the intimate private spheres have experienced a major shift. The private space is becoming a public stage that can be seen by everyone. The (self-)showing and being shown of (supposedly) individual space reveals a force field defined by ambivalence and breaks, which artists exploit for their work.
The exhibition Daily Business takes up fragments and atmospheric images of our times and our daily life: The boundaries between inside and outside, digital and analog, material and immaterial space are currently being dissolved and intermingled increasingly with the domestic sphere and a private everyday aesthetic.

Simon Mielke, Phung-Tien Phan, Franca Scholz and Lukas Thaler present inner images and emotions on different levels, which they relate spatially to their own bodies, their external environment as well as their living and sheltering spaces, allowing for multi-layered questions.

In Phung-Tien Phan's (*1983) video "Girl at heart", which can be seen and heard in the shop window, from both the inside and the outside, photos, videos and various musical fragments merge at a rapid pace. The footage is not cut in a linear way, the scenes blend into each other. In her videos, she deals with the question of how social media work and with what speed things happen in parallel. The sometimes shaky camera work is reminiscent of YouTube videos and gives the impression of intimacy, which is accompanied by a feeling of disorientation and aimlessness.


In Simon Mielke's (*1990) works, the media of painting and photography or film are mutually dependent. In the paintings, living space is depicted only dimly and in reduced form.

The images are based on advertisements from digital real estate platforms on which vacant apartments are offered. Mielke includes technical features and common camera errors such as overexposed windows and color casts, thus referring to everyday photographic practice. A homely atmosphere is hard to imagine in the reduced space with its lack of interior design, evoking instead a sense of uncertainty in the dreary emptiness.
 In her installation-based fabric objects and wall-based works, Franca Scholz (*1988) explores the performativity of language as well as the domestic environment in relation to our inner condition.

She herself pins texts onto her quilted objects and fabric assemblages, as well as quotations from auto-fictional feminist literature. Incomplete sentences and repetitive codes allude to the fragility of linguistic and bodily representation, as well as passing thoughts that get lost in the hustle and bustle of everyday life in the digital age. Marks and stains litter their surfaces; puddles occasionally form into single words or phrases. On the lower floor there is a room-sized installation by Lukas Thaler (*1989). At first glance, the installation is captivating with its whimsical playfulness, which Lukas Thaler achieves through the use of a hodgepodge of kitschy objects, various materials, and pastel colors. Whether teacups and milk jugs, lamp-like columns or sculptural seating: Thaler's objects explore the functional, aesthetic, and formal potentials of different everyday objects and their material. Ceramic cats occupy their territory, in this case the basement of Haus Seel. By incorporating domestic and everyday forms, the works often suggest usability.

Captions:
Catpion Image 1: Installation view Caption Image 2: Installation view, Franca Scholz Caption Image 3: Installation view Franca Scholz, Simon Mielke Caption Image 4: Installation view Simon Mielke Caption Image 5: Simon Mielke, Untitled, 2021, acrylic on canvas, courtesy of the artist and Lucas Hirsch, Düsseldorf Image 6: Simon Mielke, Untitled, 2021, acrylic on canvas, courtesy of the artist and Lucas Hirsch, Düsseldorf Caption Image 7: Simon Mielke, Untitled, 2021, acrylic on canvas, courtesy of the artist and Lucas Hirsch, Düsseldorf Caption Image 8: Franca Scholz, 2022, Greedy Lips, cotton fabric, crochet blanket, curtain, embroidery, acrylic on canvas in steel frame Caption Image 9: Installation view Lukas Thaler Caption Image 10: Installation view Lukas Thaler Caption Image 11: Detail Lukas Thaler Caption Image 12: Lukas Thaler, Slice, 2021, pigmented cast marble, 33cm Caption Image 13: Lukas Thaler, standard lamp VI/VII, 2022 Pigmented cast marble, acrylic composite, marble sand, fiberglass, opal glass, ink, socket, cable, bulb Dimensions variable Caption Image 14: Phung-Tien Phan, Girl at heart, 2020, HD Video, 5:04 Min Caption Image 15: Phung-Tien Phan, videostill, Girl at heart, 2020, HD Video, 5:04 Min
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