March 4, 2010 5-9 pm
christopher west presents is proud to announce Fan of a Fan, an exhibition of new paintings from Patrick Alt. Working predominantly in painting, performance, and text, Alt’s work addresses the recurring questions of self that we find in modern art and literature; specifically asking what constructs the self? Like the renowned Austrian author Robert Musil’s The Man Without Qualities (1930-1942) or Woody Allen’s chameleon man mockumentary Zelig (1983), Alt’s work rejects the demand to be always repeating a definitive stance and instead embraces the polyvocalism of a learned poseur. For instance, the flâneuristic whimsy of his new raggedy abstract works has little in common with the isolation and introspection one finds in Alt’s ongoing bouquet works. With every new work Alt’s anti-oeuvre increases in fragmentation and perversion onto itself – partial objects that in their homelessness problematize contextualization and any exacting of process.
On view are three of Alt’s latest abstract works made on stretched found towels and other scraps of fabric.
Alt (b. 1976 in Frankfurt am Main, DE) lives and works in Berlin. Alt attends the Städelschule in Frankfurt am Main under Prof. Michael Krebber. Select recent exhibitions include I Open Up The Gallery at Kavi Gupta Gallery in Berlin (2010), Error (2010) at Autocenter in Berlin, and Say Hello To The Palmtreeman (with Henning Straßburger and Adrian Buschmann)(2009). Since 2008, Alt frequently exhibits his work as part of VANDEL (with Henning Strassburger, Christian Rothmaler, Philip Schwalb, Jannis Marwitz). This past winter, the group made their seventh exhibition SOZIALGESTALTUNG: Liebe plus Friedhof at Hospitalhof in Stuttgart.
Posted on Monday, February 28th, 2011