090315: Galerie Wilma Tolksdorf Frankfurt : Silke Wagner – facts & figures

Galerie Wilma Tolksdorf Frankfurt Silke Wagner – facts & figures 07.02.2015 – 21.03. 2015 Golden? by Raimar Stange Silke Wagner belongs to the artists who had already drawn art and activism together into a dialogue in the 1990's. In her exhibition "facts & figurers" in the Frankfurter Galerie Wilma Tolksdorf, she now shows how her society-critical approach also holds its own in the "gallery exhibition" format. For this, Silke Wagner has chosen an artistic strategy which can best be described by the adage "A wolf in sheep's clothing". That is to say: under the cover of the abstract form of aesthetically created surfaces, the artist has woven critical information about the status quo of the neo-liberal globalization. A good example of this is her work group of "figures" in which Silke Wagner devotes herself to the production of gold, with the precious metal that, on the one hand stands almost symbolically for the cause of neo-liberalism since the loss of the "gold price bond", whose destruction, on the other hand, with its scandalous working conditions counts as one of the most environmentally damaging in the world. The picture "Figure II", 2015 shows a vertical black stroke and a small black dot in a gilded surface. The lasered surface of the exceedingly thin stroke stands for the infinitesimally small amount of gold won from recycled industrial waste, the even smaller surface of the dot for the amount of sustainable furthered gold. The "Figure IV", 2015, whose abstract form is reminiscent of pictures of Russian constructivism, symbolizes with its black lasered surface the giant amount, worldwide, of mercury contamination caused by gold mining. Also impressive is the "Figure IX", 2015, a wall picture of a light blue circle and numerous light blue triangles on a light background. On the one hand, the picture is of apparently harmless beauty, on the other hand, it documents the earning capacities in the bank metropolis of Frankfurt am Main: the almost unnoticeable dot represents the percentage of the dollar millionaires in the city population, the triangles, on the other hand, those citizens of Frankfurt endangered by poverty. An important exhibition. Galerie Wilma Tolksdorf Frankfurt 60314 Frankfurt, Hanauer Landstrasse 136 Tel: 0049/(0)69/430 59 427 Fax: 0049/(0)69/430 59 428 E-mail: office@wilmatolksdorf.de http://www.wilmatolksdorf.de Opening hours: Tue - Fri 11:00 - 18:00, Sat 11:00 - 14:00

Galerie Wilma Tolksdorf
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Tel: +49 69 430 59 427, Fax: +49 69 430 59 428
Email: office@wilmatolksdorf.de
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