Beneath a sunkissed bow
Tobi Keck and Amy Parker
22 February - 16 April
Imagine that you are standing in the prow of a majestic boat. The sun is warm and illuminating, sprinkled across the water like a letter from your girlfriend full of glitter. The heat makes your head heavy, and try as you might you can’t keep your eyes open. You are leaning over the edge, trying to make out your reflection. It is vibrantly coloured but the moving water obscures your visage.
The gentle rocking of the ship lulls you into a stupor. Your head tips forward and like a wrecking ball crashes down, flipping your body over the gunwale. Your body pierces the surface of the water and you sink, opening your eyes to see only darkness.
You are very afraid, but your movements are slow and balletic, like a foetus in the womb. You watched a YouTube video hosted by a survivalist who admonished his listeners to stay calm if they find themselves in a car that has crashed into a body of water. Follow your bubbles, follow your bubbles.
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Tobi Keck (*1987) is an artist from Kempten (Allgäu) based in Berlin.
His work spans large-scale site specific installation, permanent public artworks, sound art, and sculpture. Keck's artwork confronts the viewer on a visceral level through the use of organic, decaying matter that recalls vanitas themes, as well as in the recurring motif of faces and insects.
His practice blends feelings of amazement and grotesqueness in its sprawling scope and size, as well as a subject matter that speaks to base human instincts. He also works as an exhibition organiser (most recently of Big Fungus).
Amy Parker (*1990) is an artist from Narrm/Melbourne, Australia. She is currently living and working between the unceded lands of the Boon Wurrung, Wurundjeri and Palawa people.
Her sculptural practice, hinges upon material and allegory alike, attends to the ways in which affective energies are passed between and indexed within earthly matter. Sculptures materialise a sense of imbrication between bodies, working to errode fictions of self-containment.
Curation and text by Ella Krivanek.
Exhibition documentation by Thomas Krüger.