Hamburg

John Armleder

Y8

In John Armleder’s object-based works, the exhibition space always plays the role of a catalyst. Thus it was clear from the outset that a site-specific work at Y8 (Y stands for yoga, while 8 is the street address) would be a particular challenge and that he would produce a work quite unusual for him. The concept of Y8 is that, far from being the familiar “white cube” constructing art’s autonomy, it places art in the context of yoga, which in practice means that daily classes take place in the exhibition space.

In contrast with the formal clarity typical of Armleder, this time his found objects came heaped-up and overflowing: Eighty Christmas trees collected in January, four weeks after Christmas, were secured to the ceiling. They strained downward toward a gold-painted floor. The work’s long title, 12345678910111213141516171819202122232425262728 2930313233343536, 2006, refers to a grid

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