Paul Horn - tolittle l o v e forall

Opening: Wednesday, Sept 4, 2013, 7pm
Sept 5 - Oct 5, 2013

  • Paul Horn, Bunker no 17,  mixed media object (reinforced concrete, video), 2013, 55x40x22 cm
  • Paul Horn, Bunker no 14,  mixed media object (reinforced concrete, video), 37x40x23 cm, 2013
  • Paul Horn, Bunker no 13, mixed media object (reinforced concrete, video), 25x27x41 cm, 2013
  • Paul Horn, bunker no 18, mixed media object (reinforced concrete, video), 30x33x30 cm, 2013
  • Paul Horn, bunker no 16, mixed media object (reinforced concrete, video), 42x27x17 cm, 2013
  • Paul Horn, bunker no 15, mixed media object (reinforced concrete, video), 54x45x20 cm, 2013
  • Paul Horn, bunker no 19, mixed media object (reinforced concrete, video), 48x35x16 cm, 2013

The exhibition "too little love for all" shows different types of bunkers which the artist Paul Horn modified and poured in concrete in the size of a die. In the seemingly inanimate and cold objects screens are integrated which play different speeches or talks.

"The bunker demonstrates an architecture which tags the outward and the foreign as threatening. Simultaneously they resemble modernistic buildings due to the pourable material concrete. Within the bunker objects we see videos which deal with the ritual and practice of the spoken speech. Whether it is a political speech, a religious sermon, a scientific lecture, a proclaimed artistic manifesto, some wise guidance of a guru or a balance presentation of a CEO in front of his shareholders. Contrary to individual experiences which go along with everybody, the speech always has a connotation of an instruction of a more knowing to an unknowing crowd.
The practice of the speech is hierarchically unlike the dialogue or the discussion. Those who speak are spatially disconnected from their public in different ways - raised on golden pulpits, on pedestals or platforms, they are surrounded by microphones or fortified behind plexiglass. The presented constructs tend to assume an independent existence, to become dogmas which mentally exercise control. As the initially liquid concrete becomes very solid, words and ideas can harden to frothy platitudes or dangerous dogmas. The manipulative power of language transforms to an image of a constructed reality." Paul Horn