Rüdiger Schöttle

Anders Clausen

29 Jun - 11 Aug 2012

29 June - 11 August 2012

The Rüdiger Schöttle Gallery is pleased to present a new solo exhibition of the artist Anders Clausen.

This year’s exhibition is a sequel to his second solo exhibition, ‘Nero Tools’, which took place at the Rüdiger Schöttle Gallery in 2009. Anders Clausen was by then already interested in the principles that govern our consumer society. Besides his sculptures, which he constructed from various everyday objects and mass-produced products and presented them on slender pedestals that elevated them to the status of works of art, Clausen exhibited enlargements of German computer magazine covers of the loudest possible design, with headlines in bright bold letters declaiming “Gute Tools, böse Tools”, “Daten retten” or “Vista geknackt “ (“Good Tools, Bad Tools”, “Saving Data”, “Cracking Vista”), thus pandering directly to the fears of the everyday computer user. It was on the basis of this presentation that Anders Clausen developed, during the years that followed, an intensive preoccupation with the aesthetic of our computer world and especially with the architecture of the computer desktop. Screenshots of the “tools” we use so much every day that we are hardly aware of them any more are enlarged to many times their size and cannot now escape our notice. These large-format images, with their clear, technoid language that is so familiar to us from our everyday work on the computer, now appear so unfamiliar. Anders Clausen translates the digital world of the computer into our analogue environment and in so doing questions our customary way of seeing things: the irrevelant is made relevant!

Clausen’s works of more recent date again destroy the cool aesthetic: traces of wiping break up the strict composition and bring an individual, human aspect back into the work. In the forthcoming exhibition the artist will be presenting both wall pieces and free-standing sculptures.

Anders Clausen, born in Copenhagen, Denmark, in 1978, lives and works in Berlin. He graduated from the Royal College of Art in London in 2007. The exhibition at the Rüdiger Schöttle Gallery in 2007 was this young artist's very first solo exhibition worldwide. Anders Clausen is currently taking part in the group exhibition “Out of Focus” at the Saatchi Gallery, London.

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