dusseldorf

Raimund Kummer

Galerie M. + R. Fricke

The experience of viewing Raimund Kummer’s works is usually characterized by a conflict between what one sees and what one knows. In Kummer’s recent exhibition, six apparently heavy granite slabs piled atop one another and separated by wooden shims, prove, upon closer inspection, to be utterly fake. Treated to look like granite, they are, in fact, made of Styrofoam. Even knowing this, however, we have a hard time acknowledging the fact that these “stone slabs” are soft, light, and fragile.

A color photo mounted on top of the slabs is sandwiched between two glass panes and supported by iron girders. Illuminated from below by a lamp, the image, which suggests a body part, (possibly an ear), is nevertheless difficult to discern. Why an ear, one wonders, and why moreover is this image presented with these faux stone slabs? After all, the slabs are aimed at the eye, which they try to dupe. Does

Sign-in to keep reading

Artforum print subscribers have full access to this article. If you are a subscriber, sign in below.

Not registered for artforum.com? Register here.

SUBSCRIBE NOW for only $50 a year—65% off the newsstand price—and get the print magazine plus full online access to this issue and our archive.*

Order the PRINT EDITION of the November 1990 issue for $17 or the ONLINE EDITION for $5.99.

* This rate applies to U.S. domestic subscriptions.