Arthur Zalewski and Eiko Grimberg


“The infinitely identical and the infinitely varied are extremes between which all man can do is split things apart and put them together again,” Paul Valéry wrote in his Cahiers in 1918. In his view, similarity is what activates the intellectual free play between identity and difference. Arthur Zalewski and Eiko Grimberg, who have exhibited together before, notably at Amerika Gallery, Berlin, in 2006, share a comparably sensitive view of objects and their mutual affinities. The six works presented in this carefully calibrated show—two videos, a slide projection, photographs, and a poster, most of these executed in black and white—point emphatically to formal and functional similarities between objects, architecture, and linguistic elements, challenging viewers to develop swift and self-reflexive forms of apperception. Often the two artists juxtapose pictures in such a way as to suggest

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