March 12, 2012
|Jan Peter Hammer, Film Set, 2012, |
Courtesy of the artist.
"Fiction reveals truth that reality obscures" (Ralph Waldo Emerson)
The past is unpredictable; the way we recall and reconstruct past experiences is as unsettled as the way History narrates itself. Self and society remain locked in a dialectical loop. Narration is a recursive interplay, in which personal stories are always sketched against the backdrop of an historical leitmotif. Jan Peter Hammer's characters are, thus, both familiar and sui generis, ordinary and unique, idiosyncratic and clichéd. As if led by an invisible hand, their innermost beliefs are an expression of the zeitgeist and their rational certainties are founded on ideology, yet they remain unyielding.
The exhibition at Kunstverein Arnsberg takes as its departing point some of the artist's latest video works, "The Fable of the Bees", "The Anarchist Banker" and "Der Ausflug" (The Getaway). Sharing a common topic all three pieces are hefty reflections on the consequences of rugged individualism and free-market economics.
Together with the above-mentioned pieces, the exhibition "The Invisible Hand" will comprise a selection of ancillary works: neon-sculptures, photographs and slide projections which will provide the viewers with a comprehensive view into the artist's manifold practices.