MATTHIAS HESSELBACHER

SYNAPSEN

23.11.2013 - 11.01.2014


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Billy licked his lips, thought a while, inquired at last: “Why me?” “That is a very Earthling question to ask, Mr. Pilgrim. Why you? Why us for that matter? Why anything? Because this moment simply is. Have you ever seen bugs trapped in amber?” “Yes.” Billy, in fact, had a paperweight in his office which was a blob of polished amber with three ladybugs embedded in it. “Well, here we are, Mr. Pilgrim, trapped in
he amber of this moment. There is no why.”

Kurt Vonnegut
Slaughterhouse-Five or The Children’s Crusade

Billy licked his lips, thought a while, inquired at last: “Why me?” “That is a very Earthling question to ask, Mr. Pilgrim. Why you? Why us for that matter? Why anything? Because this moment simply is. Have you ever seen bugs trapped in amber?” “Yes.” Billy, in fact, had a paperweight in his office which was a blob of polished amber with three ladybugs embedded in it. “Well, here we are, Mr. Pilgrim, trapped in
he amber of this moment. There is no why.”

Kurt Vonnegut
Slaughterhouse-Five or The Children’s Crusade

Bourouina Gallery is pleased to show Hesselbacher latest series of collages, paintings and woodcuts:

Matthias Hesselbacher explores the different perceptions of reality in past, present and future. In the exhibition Synapsen, sirens named Berit, Gretchen, Luise or Paula, hidden in his paper collages are inviting the viewer to a deeper study to discover a complex work, influenced by different art from different cultural eras: Romans and Greek but also Gothic art, such as the sculptural work by Tillman Riemschneider, as well as politic speeches, music and literature. Matthias Hesselbacher further examines the influence and possible consequences of these human actions on the world we live in.

The painting shown in the entrance room is an Indian ink and crayon composition that could be the representation of a dark but dynamic universe. Behind it, in the second room, height collages are hung all together on one wall and reveal a multilayered mental world: in its construction, the exhibition shows how we can become what we are from the initial “Chaos”, the “zero state,” through learning and experiencing.

Born in 1978 in Stuttgart, lives and work in Berlin, Matthias Hessebacher studied 2005-2008 with Prof. Friedemann Hahn at the University Johannes-Gutenberg in Mainz and by Prof. Thomas Zipp 2008-2011 at the UDK (master scholar in 2011)