Ja Saarbrücken Wäre Nett, 2022

by Gregor Hildebrandt

Design : wood 31.7 x 8.1 x 0.5 inch

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Artwork location: Belgium

One of a kind and released as part of a collection of 10 unique original artworks this piece was created using Gregor Hildebrandt’s signature rip-off technique. Working with strands of pre-recorded tape the artist coats one skateboard with an adhesive gluing down the strands lengthways up the skateboard’s face. He then peels each piece off one-by-one sticking it onto another skateboard to create a “negative”. The positive and negative skateboards are both available and each artwork is named with the song recorded onto the tape used in its creation in mind. In this case the song is Die Ärtze by Madonnas Dickdarm prompting the lyrically inspired name “JA SAARBRÜCKEN WÄRE NETT”.
Top-print is hand-signed by the artist.
Hand-signed CoA by Gregor Hildebrandt.
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Professional art gallery • Belgium

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The Berlin-based artist Gregor Hildebrandt makes installations, sculptures, and works on canvas. His materials are, amongst other things, record carriers for sound and film, such as cassette tapes, videotapes, and vinyl records. His formal vocabulary is grounded in minimalism, but his works are charged with numerous associations. Even though there is no sound in his exhibitions, Gregor Hildebrandt’s installations, objects, and pictures exude an intensity that goes beyond their mere physical components. They are stores of pop-cultural memories that contribute to identity formation.

The unreeled tapes reveal an unexpected sensual quality. The brown or gray coating becomes a form of painting. The artist even uses the small rectangular pieces of felt over which the cassette tapes run. He explores the materials in all sorts of ways and thus reaches new forms that follow their own laws.

For example, vinyl records shaped into bowls are stacked and become sculptures. The videotapes put together to form a large floor-to-ceiling wall hanging are indirectly also a projection screen: every tape bears a recording of Wim Wender’s great 1987 Berlin film Der Himmel über Berlin [Wings of Desire]. The story of an angel who wants to participate in earthly life is set in city that was still divided at the time. It articulated eternal themes like immortality, sadness, yearning, and transience into a contemporary visual language that to this day remains characteristic for Berlin.

Embedded in this simultaneously delicate and monumental curtain is a series of four paintings that share the same origin: the negative form, from which the other three pictures are taken in a rip-off process, on the wall opposite the entrance, consists of cassette tapes with a recording of a song by the Berlin industrial band Einstürzende Neubauten. The song “The Garden” evokes, in a darkly minimalist emotionality that is typical for the band, a paradise with four stations. Like the songs and films that so fascinate Hildebrandt, his art also tells simultaneously of tenderness and coldness, romance and harshness.

The floor installation on the lower floor has exactly the dimensions of the Berlin herringbone parquet in Hildebrandt’s apartment on Rosenthaler Platz in the formerly eastern part of the city. The square on the narrow side consists of about 27,000 cassette felts and measures 79 by 79 cm. One the one hand, these are the measurements of Malevich’s Black Square, at the same time 79 stands for the year of birth of his partner, the artist Alicja Kwade.

Die Geschichte läuft über uns is an ambiguous title. It could be translated as “The Story Runs Across Us” or indeed “History Walks Across Us”. It is these minimal contact points where the deconstruction of the material finds a new beginning.

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