The exhibition project 'SUBSTANCE (for Julian)', at The Suburban, Chicago aims to inform the viewer about two issues addressed as parallel realities of perception - on one hand the notion of a profound play with the qualities of the existing space and simulteanous, the memory of fellow artist Julian Dashper who passed away about six weeks ago and who also exhibited at The Suburban in 2008.
Julian Dashper's work is speaking to us on a highly conceptual level about abstraction within the perimeters of reductive art-making, yet not to forget the wit and humor underlying his oeuvre. As his passing away coincided with me making plans for the upcoming exhibition at The Suburban, the idea formed to commemorate his influence and strength as an friend, artist and collaborator and to some degree integrate my understanding of his work into this site-specific installation, which at bthe same time reflects on thoughts occurring in my very own work-process; a dialogue, visual and in thought.
This site-specific installation does not intend to comment on Julian Dashper`s achievements, but rather tries to merge with mutual thoughts and shared discussions surrounding the subject of abstract art on various levels, I enjoyed with Julian Dashper and last not least our various points of departure.
The work produced and conceived for The Suburban aims to reflect on the substance of given space . By means of materiality and colour this intervention proposes an interaction of volume and proportion addressing the characteristics of given space.
The exhibition will be accompanied by a sound piece Julian Dashper conceived for the exhibition '2-step,' organized by CCNOA in Brussels in 2003 and an artist book which I will publish on this occasion.
Tilman Hoepfl is an artist and the artistic Director of Center for Contemporary Non-Objective Art (CCNOA) in Brussels.