JOACHIM ELZMANN | ORDER
Joachim Elzmann’s new paintings and sculptures consist of everyday objects, strings, nails, cardboard, wire or coffee grounds. The resulting works are reminiscent of towers, houses and architectural superstructures. For this exhibition the artist juxtaposes these objects with photographs. In the medium of photography, Elzmann shows a fragmentary panorama of the city, for example in water reflections, the tip of a crane, the shadow of a lattice, or an architectural detail. As in the painted and sculptural works, the city consists of everyday objects and remnants such as cigarette packs, graffiti, or ruins. People are never present. At the same time, a domesticated nature appears in these photographs, red skies, barren park trees, a rainbow over industrial chimneys. Both groups of works enter a dialogue when, for example, thick black and blue acrylic layers recall tree bark or ice. Together they give rise to new images. While in previous works everyday objects were rearranged into stand-alone objets trouvés, in the photographs the objects’ point of reference to the city is clarified.
The title “ORDER,” in a sense, represents a reclassification of the work. The English “order”, which in German translation means, among other things, “Ordnung” or “tidiness” and can be read on one of the photographed walls, describing the impulse of a categorization, the process of a differentiation, the entry of a logic. “Order” is also a “command” or an “instruction”. In this sense, it is the attempt to bring the works back to their essence and to name their origin in common forms. Although both groups of works were created independently of each other, vertical and horizontal arrangements, curvatures, crossings and superimpositions appear repeatedly in both groups. They are mental pre-images that materialize as a “tower” or a “mirror image” or in the juxtaposition of nature and culture. These pre-images stand at the beginning of Elzmann’s artistic creation, which is always permeated by chance, a determining factor in the selection of motifs, materials and the juxtaposition of works.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Joachim Elzmann was born in Freiburg, Breisgau in 1953. From 1974-78 he studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Karlsruhe and Braunschweig. Elzmann lives and works in Berlin.