Pictures from Alleland*


Series One: First Pictures from 'Alleland'

Prehistory:
I)
In 2011, I attended a Gauguin exhibition at the Tate Modern. After the first few pictures, 
l remained rooted to the spot. The actual motifs of the images receded into the background, 
into insignificance. Instead I was spellbound by the structure and composition of the colour 
fields. Gauguin arranged his pictures in an ingenious manner with the colour brown. The 
different shades of brown are used to ‘elevate’ the other colours, to bring them to life. 
A pulsing, pounding, throbbing and beaming pervades the images. The colour contrasts 
of shades of brown to pink, dark blue, green or light yellow create an aura that take 
your breath away. It is amazing that no reproduction is able to reproduce this effect 
- which is why I had been totally unaware.

II)
Last winter a strange depression seized me. I had never experienced anything like it before. 
I was paralyzed, listless and constantly close to tears for no reason. To address this matter, 
or perhaps the opposite, to exacerbate the depression, because in a sadistic way I enjoyed 
the deep sadness, I travelled to Suffolk. I hoped to get better by making it worse. I walked 
in rain and snow every day, through deep sand and on gravel beaches. There was the sea whipped 
up by winter storms on one side and powerful, brown cliffs on the other – they sometimes came 
so close to each other, I had to worry the strip between sea and rocks would become too narrow 
to continue my walk or I would be surrounded by the floods. The cliffs consisted of many 
differently coloured brown rock layers and on top was last year’s brown fern and black scrub. 
The dark grey sky hung low and thick clouds, seemingly within reach, raced along with the wind. 
In the distance where sea and sky merged, rain poured into the beige, foaming waves.

After a few days in this atmosphere, I decided to no longer let this mood rule my life, the 
depression shoe did not fit me anyway. I rather took it as some kind of prophecy for a not so 
bright future, as a warning against or premonition of a general 'madness' that was spilling up 
from down below. I went back to London. There, I buried myself in my tiny studio. The small fan 
heater only managed to make up a few degrees against the biting cold. While listening to loud 
music by 'The Residents', 'Metz', 'Årabrot' and 'Pere Ubu', I stared out of the dirty window, 
through its’ 18 small squares, at the city’s motorway, cars hissing past or (in the afternoon) 
standing still, congesting three lanes in both directions. Days passed like that. To ward off 
the fumes, I vaporized essential oils, until my artist neighbours complained about the stench. 
(The studio is located in a former fire station and many artists share this space.)

This went on until I found some almost square tiles (of the same size as those that divide the 
studio’s window) and sawn up scaffolding planks in a skip near my house. I dragged my find home 
first and then, bit-by bit, by buses and by tube, to the studio.

Only when I could not put it off any longer, I started to finally prime the roof tiles, to glue 
ome scraps of paper on and experiment with plaster. I also mixed colours and emulsions, drew with 
India ink and worked with the sketches I had brought from Suffolk. I was unmotivated and listless, 
working only to distract myself, so as to not return home with an empty feeling and having done 
nothing. My head was pounding - something inside whizzed and 'crumbled' somehow. And so it went 
on for ages until at last! something exploded and I worked ecstatically and without being able to 
stop on these plates which I was able to finish within a few weeks.

Alleland:
- is where the end is over and another end has begun, where everything falls, where nothing can 
be understood, where there is no landscape and where there is no life anymore or something that 
can be understood as such. In Alleland, all perspective is flat, spatiality is evaporated. 
Materiality is negative, reduced to 'trappings'. Alleland is burnt out, burnt down, dried up, 
hard and grim. Scratched, bruised, torn, muddy, chipped and decayed. Alleland is a prophecy.


*Alleland: 'Alle' translates mostly into 'all-' and ‘everyone’ but also into: 'empty', 'used-up-' or ' burnt out-'. ‘Land’ translates into 'country' or 'land'. 


'First Pictures from Alleland'


         


                                                       
                   
                   Kochende Erde/Boiling Soil
                   26.5 x 25 cm, 2016
                   Emulsion, Pigments, Asphalt, Lacquers, Pastel, Graphite on Roof tile












  
                        

                   Ehemalige Konstruktion/Former Construction
                   26.5 x 25 cm, 2016
                   Emulsion, Pigments, Asphalt, Lacquers, Pastel, Graphite on Roof tile














                                                       
                   
                   Kanten/Edges
                   26.5 x 25 cm, 2016
                   Emulsion, Pigments, Asphalt, Lacquers, Pastel, Graphite on Roof tile
                   












                                                       

                   Etwas Lebendes?/Something Living?
                   26.5 x 25 cm, 2016
                   Emulsion, Pigments, Asphalt, Lacquers, Pastel, Graphite on Roof tile














                        
                   
                   Buckel/Hump
                   26.5 x 25 cm, 2016
                   Emulsion, Pigments, Asphalt, Lacquers, Pastel, Graphite on Roof tile













                        

                   Behausung/Den
                   19 x 41 cm, 2016
                   Emulsion, Pigments, Asphalt, Lacquers, Pastel, Graphite on Wood













                       

                   Abheben/Take off
                   26.5 x 25 cm, 2016
                   Emulsion, Pigments, Asphalt, Lacquers, Pastel, Graphite on Roof tile













                                                       

                   Frühling/spring
                   26.5 x 25 cm, 2016
                   Emulsion, Pigments, Asphalt, Lacquers, Pastel, Graphite on Roof tile             














                                                       

                   Ding (treibend)/Object (floating)
                   26.5 x 25 cm, 2016
                   Emulsion, Pigments, Asphalt, Lacquers, Pastel, Graphite on Roof tile













                                                       

                   Die Ecke aller Gebäude/The Corner of all Buildings
                   26.5 x 25 cm, 2016
                   Emulsion, Pigments, Asphalt, Lacquers, Pastel, Graphite on Roof tile














                                                       

                   In der Nähe der Berge/Next to the Mountains
                   26.5 x 25 cm, 2016
                   Emulsion, Pigments, Asphalt, Lacquers, Pastel, Graphite on Roof tile













                        

                   Flaches Zweierlei/Flat of Two
                   26.5 x 25 cm, 2016
                   Emulsion, Pigments, Asphalt, Lacquers, Pastel, Graphite on Roof tile














                        
    
                   Wuchs/Growth
                   19 x 27.5 cm, 2016
                   Emulsion, Pigments, Asphalt, Lacquers, Pastel, Graphite on Wood














                       

                   Aufsteigend/Rise
                   26.5 x 25 cm, 2016
                   Emulsion, Pigments, Asphalt, Lacquers, Pastel, Graphite on Roof tile













                       
 
                   Überbleibsel/Leftovers
                   26.5 x 25 cm, 2016
                   Emulsion, Pigments, Asphalt, Lacquers, Pastel, Graphite on Roof tile














                        

                   Pilzfüße/Feet of fungi
                   26.5 x 25 cm, 2016
                   Emulsion, Pigments, Asphalt, Lacquers, Pastel, Graphite on Roof tile



  

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