The gallery alexander levy is pleased to be able to present three new work complexes from Julius von Bismarck from 26 April to 15 June 2013 in the exhibit Unfall am Mittelpunkt Deutschlands. Like "Punishment I" in the previous year, the second solo exhibit of Bismarck in the gallery is characterised by a confrontation of "nature" and "culture".
A basswood tree was planted in February 1991 in the small community of Niederdorla in the Thuringian province. In April 2013, the tree inexplicably became the stage for a strange and "poignant" collision. The accident, like so many others, would hardly have found its way into the newspapers if the tree had not stood at the precise geographical centre, at the "heart" of the Federal Republic of Germany. A car raced into a tree in the middle of the centre, the "bull's-eye" of the nation: a collision of nature, technology and power – an oddity and a "work". Julius von Bismarck seizes upon the event and memorably works out its meaning on the basis of photographs of the accident site. He thereby aesthetically emphasises a context originating from random chance or the "work" of an unknown driver.
(text source: alexander levy)
Julius von Bismarck, installation view; © alexander levy, Berlin
More on Julius von Bismarck (b. 1983, Breisach am Rhein, Germany)
After being awarded of the Golden Nica at Prix Ars Electronica in 2008 Julius von Bismarck won a two-month artist residency at CERN last year. Many of von Bismarck’s works have a heavy technical component, and several of his projects make references to math and science, but they also involve performances and videomaking. His approach to visual art unhinges the tradition and claims for an active artist’s role in society.
(text source: Palais de Tokyo)
(Image: Julius von Bismarck, Unfall am Mittelpunkt Deutschlands #2, 2013, Inkjet Print; © alexander levy, Berlin)