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Lasse Schmidt Hansen, Untitled, 2005.

Lasse Schmidt Hansen, Untitled, 2005.


“Irrational thoughts should be followed logically”

Galerie Reinhard Hauff
Paulinenstr. 47
November 25, 2005–January 28, 2006

The title of this exhibition, curated by Philipp Ziegler, is borrowed from the fifth of Sol LeWitt’s famous “Sentences on Conceptual Art” (1969), and, accordingly, the works follow the solid premises of modernism in a playfully logical way. Most appealing in this elegant six-person show are the works of three young Danes, who all studied at Frankfurt’s Städelschule. Simon Dybbroe Møller presents a set of photographs that show Constructivist paintings (reproductions of the referenced works are partially visible in the shots) re-created with stuff, like old sweaters and tape, he found in his studio. Lasse Schmidt Hansen plays with universal forms, in this case a classic Danish lamp design. Several of the found objects are hung from the ceiling in a row, making them resemble a Minimalist sculpture: The slightly differing forms and scales reveal that there is no prototype from which they were produced, but simply an idea given form. In x/? (2005), Schmidt Hansen rearranges cosmic structures by cutting out the stars from satellite photographs, and, applying the surrealist method of chance, reassembles them on a copy machine. Pernille Kapper Williams adapts avant-garde typographic designs in beautiful concrete-poetry word-drawings. Finally, New York–based filmmaker Anthony Howard proves in his hilarious performance satire (here screened on video) that, as LeWitt had it, “irrational thoughts lead to new experiences.” Truly.