Galleria 1/9 unosunove arte contemporanea is delighted to announce the first solo exhibition in Italy of Mexican artist Stefan Brüggemann (1975, Mexico City).
Stefan Brüggemann works extensively with language, having a very particular way of dealing with text, combining a formal conceptual approach with a rough and critical attitude. Stefan Brüggemann’s proposition is as paradoxical as it is provocative, in the way he plays with artistic codes, the better to reduce them to nothing.
The seven mirrors turned towards the wall echo, as if in the negative, and assert the refusal of their function. Nothing can be reflected in them. No images. No ideas. By reversing the mirror, Stefan Brüggemann denies this relation between art and reality, and art and the viewer. The mirror also shows the simultaneity between work and viewer, present value and value of the conscious presence of the world, which Stefan Brüggemann here seems to empty out: FROM ANYTHING TO ANYTHING IN NO TIME, he writes on the exhibition wall.
The nihilist posture comes across in an often seductive way, ensnaring the spectator in his/her own art culture. In this sense, he describes his praxis as TWISTED CONCEPTUAL POP, an association that is nothing if not paradoxical. Stefan Brüggemann’s work pursues this tack relentlessly, the better to confront us with the logic of the state of the world and existence, like an almost sociological observation. The originality of his approach comes exactly from combining traditional conceptual strategies with a pop sensibility.
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