Thomas Jeppe, 2014

Thomas Jeppe
Lost in Connotation
9. September – 25. Oktober 2014

‚Lost in Connotation’ ist der Titel der zweiten Einzelausstellung von Thomas Jeppe (*1984, Perth) in der Galerie Conradi. Sämtliche Bestandteile der Ausstellung, die raumspezifische Installation, die Bilder und Skulpturen, sind inhaltlich und ästhetisch erkennbar aufeinander bezogen, was der Anordnung auf der visuellen Ebene einen hermetischen Charakter verleiht. Eine nähere Auseinandersetzung mit den persönlichen Referenzen der Arbeiten zur künstlerischen und sozialen Praxis des Künstlers führt zu Betrachtungen übergeordneter Themen wie Kulturproduktion oder Urbanität. Zur Ausstellung erscheint der Essay ‚Theory of the Bench’:

"(...) One of our basic community practices is Benching, a ritual of critical disengagement in a fixed civic ambiance. Benching involves playful-deconstructive behaviour and awareness of psychosociological situations, and is thus quite different from the classic notions of relaxation and recuperation. (...) from a Benching point of view cities have psychosociological contours, with constant currents, fixed points and vortexes that strongly encourage stopping at certain zones. But Benching includes both this letting-go and its necessary contradiction: the domination of psychosociological variations by the knowledge and calculation of their possibilities. In this latter regard, social theatre, despite the narrow public space to which it limits itself, provides abundant evocative data. The ecological analysis of the absolute or relative character of fissures in the urban network, of the role of microclimates, of distinct neighbourhoods with no relation to administrative boundaries, and above all of the dominating action of centres of attraction, must be utilised and completed by this psychosociological method. The objective passional terrain of the Bench must be defined in accordance both with its own logic and with its relations with social morphology."*
(Manuel Bürger & Thomas Jeppe, Theory of the Bench, 2014)