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Benny Dröscher, When Time Stops and Time is Never Ending

Kunsthal Rønnebæksholm, Næstved (Denmark)
16.06 - 28.07.2013

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Press release

For the first time since 2007 danish artist Benny Dröscher is back in his native country Denmark with two major solo exhibitions. In the meantime Dröscher has held two solo exhibitions in London, two in Naples and one at Bergen Kunsthall in Norway. The exhibitions, that can been seen as a kind of “Retro-light”, presents a number of significant works from the past seven years of his production – as well as brand-new pieces.  Paintings, sculptures and paperworks.

The title of Benny Dröscher’s exhibition, When Time Stops and Time Is Never Ending is a quotation from T.S. Eliot’s poem The Dry Salvages, which can be found in his famous Four Quartets from 1943. Regarded as a chief Modernist work, these poems can be read as an attempt to write poetry about the intersection between time and eternity.

On the choice of exhibition title Benny Dröscher says: “I think it describes a very specific place in time – a transition, an extension, a surrender, and it is this psychological surrender that I consider to be the key to the experience of a work of art. I find that this point is the gateway to any work of art – an entrance into something timeless where enrichment, beauty and importance are found. An ecstatic state of calm, in which there is a natural willingness towards understanding. When the mind is quiet, calm and not looking for answers or solutions – and neither resists nor flees – only then can there be a genuine renewal – an acquisition.”

Empty your mind. Breathe in – breathe out - pause!

Find yourself lying on your back in a field gazing at the sky and the drifting clouds. Your mind seems to start wandering off on its own and thoughts and images appear, reappear and drift silently off again. Almost like emptying your mind, and entering a more meditative condition. The supposed great misery of our century is the lack of time. Lack of time is a real health killer. When we say we “don’t have time” for something, it’s often an indication that we aren’t making it a priority. When was the last time you took the time to stare into the sky without thinking of what to do next ?

A painting is an abstraction often possible to wander off in. You may recognize a lot of different elements in Dröschers paintings but probably never in that particular constellation. His works juxtapose surface and depth, graphics/collage and the authentic mark all within zero gravity space. On first glance Dröscher’s works are of ageless beauty, on second glance they become harder to read. They are composites of ciphers, part Twombly, part pastoral quotation and symbols, which possibly resonate Zen practice. It is beside the point whether any of the symbols can be read how they might have been intended, as they are presented at the point of dissolution

It is important to notice that Dröscher is not painting visions or telling stories. Formally he describes things and the connection between things. He does so in such a way that none of our common ideas or feelings get the opportunity to cling to them.  And why?

By doing so Dröscher is affording the audience maximal detachment — there are no ideas to get, no plot to follow, no meaning to perceive — Dröscher affords you a different kind of freedom, to think, to let the mind wander, or to contemplate. To see takes time. To enjoy the full contents of art takes time.

This is not meant to be just another irritating idea. Rather it’s an opportunity – to wander off into a Terra Incognita as D. H. Lawrence called it, where “there are vast realms of consciousness still undreamed-of “.

In connection with the exhibitions there will be published a new monograph on Dröscher with texts (in danish and english) by Anne-Marie Mai and Eva Skibsted.

Exhibition June 16 - July 28, 2013. Kunsthal Rønnebæksholm, Rønnebæksholm 1 - 4700 Næstved (Denmark).

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