Sunday, June 26 – Saturday, July 2
Wiebke Elzel’s current works raise fundamental questions about the relationship of art to world events, and reflect on the potential power of artistic and political expression. (…) Once again, the artist is working with arrangements of letters cut from newspaper pages. With time consuming, detailed labor she cuts headlines into fragments and single letters, then arranges and groups them into a new, seemingly randomly produced image.The title of the new series, Sunday, June 26 – Saturday, July 2, refers to seven editions of the International New York Times, which constitute the source material for this multi-part photographic work.
In the week after the Brexit vote in Great Britain in 2016, the result of which initially seemed to shake the foundations of Europe, she cut headlines out of seven editions of the International New York Times from that week, then dismantled them, mixed them anew, and photographed these accumulations. The personal questions articulated therein are hard, if not impossible, to decode, although for the patient viewer it is to a certain extend possible. The artist also doesn’t really keep them a secret: she has added the inherent questions to the dates that serve as titles.
Sunday: What if I didn’t care?
Monday: Does it affect me?
Wednesday: What do I know?
Friday: Do I think about it?
Saturday: Perhaps next time?
Wiebke Elzel fills notebooks, writes her thoughts down, collects quotations and composes texts that are half fiction, half documentary. (…) This time they are incorporated in the installation in differing ways: as photographs of opened notebooks and, as membrane between outside and inside, on the front wondow of the exhibition room. (…) In this short text, Wiebke Elzel connects all of these–a hotel, a mirror, William Turner’s painting, an army–together, and thereby touches on, supposedly just coincidentally, major themes of her artistic thinking: cultural history and its artifacts as tracks leading up to and affecting our present, reflection (in multiple senses), and the effects of world political events on the individual.