Eight Days A Week 2000 : BATAKS : Axel Höptner - Drawings & Wolfgang Lüttgens - photoworks
Croxteth Hall,& Country Park.
West Derby. Liverpool
7. - 26. Oktober 2000

SABINE M1LLER DESCRIBES WOLFGANG LIJTTGENS' INSTALLATION BEING SHOWN AT CROXTETH HALL

A kind of box (above left) which seems to function as a container for photographic material: when looking inside, edge to edge, numerous black and white photographs, the size of contact sheet prints forming a homogenous surface, can be seen. The shiny surface suggests fluidity. The pictures seem held together by an unknown internal logic, to float on the surface.
Wolfgang Lüttgens - photoworks ZWISCHENZEITLIC
Croxteth Hall,& Country Park
Below them we sense more pictures trying to reach the surface. From the depth of the volume, from the underground of the container, they react against the rigid arrangements of the visible surface. The proportional relationship between the container (115.2 x 115.2 x 51 cm) and the contact prints (24 x 36cm) gives the impression of condensed mass and high density. The thin wooden walls emphasise this impression as their load bearing capacity is stretched to the limit.


Even though the container is not'filled' to its outer rim, it gives the impression of being about to spill over.
When looking closer the photographs reveal themselves to be of the kind we know all too well: snapshots, views of the personal living environment of a specific person. Can we form an opinion about this person? Curiosity is aroused/awakened by the minute size of the contact prints. Yet even if we came face to face with them, not a lot could be discerned. A superficial impression remains. Some particular details of the photographs indicate that they were taken recently, yet nothing really recognisable is revealed.


The scaling down of the prints in comparison to ordinary ones, and the outdated technique of black and white photography, distance the reality of the pictures...

excerpt of text Unter dem Pflaster by Sabine Muller















AXEL HOPTNER WALL TO WALL
Axel Hoptner (above) talks about his drawing proposal for Croxteth Hall.
"When I first picked up photographs showing the exhibition room at Croxteth Hall, I was struck by its bulkiness.

To present pictures which were created in a different context, and put into frames, would - I fear - appear alien, and therefore make dialogue more difficult.

The traces left by a catastrophic fire at the hall laid bare the brickwork, and this in turn inspired me to deal with the space.

Axel Höptner: Bataks - Croxteth Hall, Liverpool, 2000


The scaling down of the prints in comparison to ordinary ones, and the outdated technique of black and white photography, distance the reality of the pictures...



excerpt of text Unter dem Pflaster by Sabine Muller



Using the technique of 'frottage', I intend to reveal the texture of the wall by transferring it on to paper by the pressure of rubbing pencil and charcoal. A dialogue develops-my dialogue with the space-through a conscious, creative intervention in the process of making visible. In the resulting exhibition I confront the real wall space with the wall drawing on paper".

Axel Höptner: Bataks - Croxteth Hall, Liverpool, 2000

Thomas von Taschitzki writes about the artist:
"Axel Hoptner counts as one of those painters for whom painting...
is still an adventure, an expedition into the unknown, the unpredictable. That the resulting paintings can surprise even himself, marks an important part of his motivation and a momentum of tension. His pictures are therefore never planned, but created from the impulse of the moment."

All photographic images by Anneliese Fikentscher and Andreas Neumann.(c) 2000

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