Arendt & Art Event
The exhibition "Dominique Auerbacher - Exit through the phone booth" is on view at Arendt & Medernach from Saturday, 6 February 2015 every Saturday and Sunday from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m
Dominique Auerbacher is a French artist living and working between Berlin and Paris. This exhibition presents two bodies of photographic work:
- SCRATCHES, made in Berlin from 2008 to 2011, projects “an artist’s perspective on creation, the gaze and the political dimensions of art...
Dominique Auerbacher has managed to catch the wildness of an ephemeral urban underground culture. Her procedure is less documentary than artistic. What she sees in the unsophisticated formal energy of “scratches” are visual echoes of the long history of graffiti, handwritten inscriptions typical of popular culture, a combination of writing and drawing, and even of Action Painting. In these “scratches” she also hears the squeal of glass being scratched as the forms emerge and the dull roar of the voiceless acquiring a visibility that is as momentary as it is deafening” (André Rouillé, “Scratches, or the clamour of the voiceless”, paris-art.com, editorial no. 386).
- EXIT THROUGH THE PHONE BOOTH / ETCHES, made in Paris from 2011 to 2014, shows the last existing phone booths - tiny glass heterotopias on whose transparent surfaces, covered in etched tags, bits of sticky tape, torn remnants of posters, etc., the public and private spheres are reflected and merge. Just like SCRATCHES, phone booths have all but disappeared from our urban landscapes. The title EXIT THROUGH THE PHONE BOOTH evokes more particularly the sculptural graffiti of Banksy’s “London Phone Booth” in which, not without a touch of irony, the artist transforms an obsolete object - the phone booth - into a work of art.