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Ralf Berger

Galerie Luis Campaña

At first glance the gallery space seemed devoid of art objects, although you could hear an irritating, ear-numbing drilling sound. Turning to find the source of the din, however, you discovered a video monitor hanging below the ceiling. On its screen appeared an image of a jackhammer’s revolving shaft, thundering and shuddering as it sank into a concrete floor; hands, straining to hold the drill, appeared in close-up. Eventually it became apparent that the jackhammer was boring into the floor of the same gallery space, and that the actual floor was riddled with perforations.

Ralf Berger has said, “Let every work become an event,” and he believes that every time someone looks at a painted image, or has any sort of encounter with an art object, it constitutes an event. His first exhibition was very much in keeping with this mentality. On a video monitor, you could see him spitting on the

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