Archived: Future archeology – return from the moon


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The exhibition of the Berlin visual artist Fabian Anselm Orasch has in the central focus the artist’s re-examination of the perceptual shifts he constantly encounters in the environment that surrounds him. Orasch will show new sculptures, installations and objects in Zagreb.

The exhibition is based on two starting points, the artist’s sculptural interest in the essence and nature of things and their spatial and atmospheric coexistence, and the artistic residence he spent in Zagreb in July 2019, the results of which will find a sculptural echo in the exhibition space. One example is the white plaster relief that occupies the back of the exhibition space. Orasch plaster covers the silhouettes of everyday architecture. The viewer is confronted with a piece of white, rough lunar landscape that summarizes different perspectives in the form of a tableau. In other works, Orasch deliberately uses the technique of spraying gypsum as a means of alienation. Thus, during the tour of the exhibition, the narrative of perceptual shifts will accumulate.

Fabian Anselm Orasch creates works based on research into the local context. They function independently but also in relation to other elements of the layout. The exhibition artifacts come from the familiar world, but form strange, new and foreign wholes that we cannot easily identify. In doing so, he uses aesthetic and functional aspects that are familiar to him from architecture, urban planning, science, nature and the context of the place where the exhibition is created. This encourages the observer to establish personal imaginative-associative worlds.

Fabian Anselm Orasch is a tracker without a set goal, his inner compass is unpredictable. He wanders through urban spaces, approaches them through photography, always fascinated by the materiality inherent in the function of things. Every material, every surface, every shape has a life for it, its own life. Orasch decontextualizes the materials, places them in new relationships. As on stage, he literally breathes meaning into things and creates different states and non-states from them – a theater of material.

The central task of the exhibited works is to remind us of the persistence with which objects retain the properties of their material nature, as well as of the immediate physical and psychological space that they consequently appropriate. This is where the name of the exhibition becomes obvious. The openness of the future does not leave the present intact. “There is a shift, just enough that we still think we recognize what surrounds us. There is something strange about the familiar, and over time the foreign becomes familiar, ”explains Orasch.

Fabian Anselm Orasch is a middle-generation German artist (1981, Berlin). After studying philosophy and art history at FU-Berlin (2003-2008), he studied sculpture at the Karlsruhe State Academy of Fine Arts, where he received his master’s degree in art from prof. Harald Klingelhöller. He has exhibited in numerous solo and group exhibitions at home and abroad. He is the winner of awards and scholarships (2014 state scholarship of Baden Württemberg for a stay in Warsaw). He lives and works in Berlin.

Exhibition catalog

The exhibition will be accompanied by a catalog that will include a foreword by curator Nataša Ivančević and texts by art historians Lotte Bhatti and Thomas Schlereth. The presentation of the catalog and the conversation with the artist will be on October 22, 2020. at 6 p.m.

The exhibition remains open until October 25, 2020.

Exhibition curator Nataša Ivančević, museum advisor

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