frankfurt

Stefan Hoderlein

Schmidl + Haas

Everything is covered with letters—e’s—in front of the door, in the room. “Everything starts with an ‘E’” is the title—e as in ecstasy, the magical word of techno-culture. Ecstasy also characterizes a passion for collecting because this exhibition is full of things that can hardly be categorized.

In the flood of things that the viewer is supposed to pay attention to, there are only a few pathways to move through the installation. One pathway is built above documentation in which everything is given a permanent place. And then there is another path that leads to flooding. That may sound paradoxical, above all in light of the industry that many installation artists bring to their work in order to create ordering categories. But in Hoderlein’s exhibition this paradox is resolved. If one cannot find an order here, it is because I prefer to call his work a phenomenon, an atmospherically charged

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