Nothing is never nothing and something is never something and everything is quite different from what it seems to be.
Perhaps the way this I is described, makes it one exemplaryartistic 'I' of modernity. It is somewhere between the figure of the epical artist and the novelist. It is epical because it doesn't call for identification, it enfolds before the eye of the betrayer, doesn't ask for his consent, moreover it makes itself a little obscure, ...
People will tell you that modernism is about taking the straight way. Don't believe them! It's about the crooked way. It always has been.
Edited by Pati Hertling
with texts by Stefan Kalmár, Jan Verwoert, Ariane Müller
Catalogue of the exhibition modern modern curated by Pati Hertling at Chelsea Art Museum, Home of the Miotte Foundation, 2009.
Artist contributions: Dirk Bell, Kerstin Braetsch, Cecily Brown, Tobias Buche, Nikolas Gambaroff, Isa Genzken, Simone Gilges, John Giorno, Charline von Heyl, Karl Holmqvist, Honey-Suckle Company, Gregor Hylla, Sergej Jensen, Peter Kisur, Jutta Koether, Kitty Kraus, Jonas Lipps, Nick Mauss, Birgit Megerle, Michaela Meise, Paulina Olowska, Ken Okiishi, Scott Olson, Silke Otto-Knapp, Elizabeth Peyton, Falke Pisano, Nina Rhode, Juliane Solmsdorf, Hayley Tompkins, Peter Peri, Reto Pulfer, Andro Wekua, Susanne Winterling, Amelie von Wulffen