ENRICO DAVID. LIFE SENTENCES

6 SEPTEMBER - 1 NOVEMBER 2014

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Michael Werner Kunsthandel, Köln, is pleased to announce an exhibition of new works by Enrico David. With a primary focus on sculpture, this exhibition is the artist's first project with Michael Werner in Köln.

"Lines are being drawn, segmenting bodies but equally to demark different temporal zones or registers. And so it goes on; striated lines indicating the yet to come, etched lines for the present and blotched lines crossing over patches of memories but all edited into flesh. Time, that most abstract of things, becomes sensual.

Imagine bone formations in search of networks of nerves and pulsations of half remembered time awaiting connection to nerve and bone. In such a space it is not so easy to find the fully assembled or completed human.

There is a figure that might have been dug out of the deep of the earth but is now floating with the clouds. There is no proper name for such a being and certainly no matrix within time. A transitional being perhaps, better located in the yet to come. Does it describe a passage or a flight even, and if so to what elsewhere is the destination? Is it the figuring of the relationship of archaeology and thought?

Before reaching a condition of something we might require a condition of purity that opens out the space of manifestation. We require the sense that there might be something that affirms that ‘there is’.

In the case of these sculptures this passage can be conceived as being both delicate and brutal at the same time. Between these two conditions there is simply a surge in which visibilities are assembled.

So what do we have here: a presentation, a congregation of gestures, a field of force, a tumult of reserve, gradations of slow release? The thought emerges about the transportation that might occur to a remote border region that divides the strange and the intimate. Arriving it might be too late to know what belongs to whom or who belongs to what. Instead there is only the invitation to sink deeper into the suspension of place.

We might think of the image as that bounded by form, containing what is in excess of it and here lies the contest, between rendering and releasing. If there is any polemic to be discovered in this work it is that the greatest release of excess might be found within the terrain of the intensification of intimacy."

Jonathan Miles and Enrico David