View of “Perverted Minimalism Nr. 2,” 2011.

Perverted Minimalism Nr. 2

Galerie Jahn

View of “Perverted Minimalism Nr. 2,” 2011.

If you take the phrase “Perverted Minimalism” at face value, then the four artists in this group show which they themselves initiated—Claudia Djabbari, Hedwig Eberle, Anna Friedel, and Franka Kaßner—are doing something twisted with a classic art movement. In more general terms, they are self-critically questioning an artistic practice that often gets subsumed under the general heading “formal reduction.” Djabbari’s sculptural analyses unmask the inhospitable architectural geometries of modern apartment complexes. Kaßner’s sculptures and mixed-media works, too, have clear political connotations, bringing to mind, say, the Communist raised-fist salute or the blue flower of Romanticism. At the same time, thanks to her frequent references to design and interior architecture, Kaßners use of abstraction remains rooted in the quotidian social sphere. Friedel and Eberle, on the

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