schäbiger Mond, leuchte
Galerie Layr Wuestenhagen Contemporary
The exhibition schäbiger Mond, leuchte (shabby moon, shine) is a combination of a documentation and artistic commentary on a trip that mahony took in the summer of 2006 through the Elbsandstein mountains in Saxon Switzerland. The point of departure was calling into question depictions of landscapes that have been incorporated in the body of collective imagination. As a sort of self-investigation, the artist group proceeded to experience the landscape on site and to oppose classical representations by creating their own pictures of it.
Caspar David Friedrich, synonymous for our repertory of highly allusive landscape images, is thus literally relegated to the background in a number of large-format paintings. Colorful fragments of the journey undertaken are placed in front of his scenarios. At the same time, this move also means taking a stance against the romanticist image of landscapes. The depiction of nature is no longer a place of contemplation, it now becomes transformed into a space of action or a formal playground. (...)
excerpts of a text by Juliane Feldhoffer