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The Kestner Gesellschaft is featuring the artist Roman Signer (*1938, Appenzell) in an extensive solo exhibition with new works mainly from the past three years. The diverse oeuvre of this internationally renowned Swiss sculptor will be presented with 13 sculptures and installations as well as five films on both floors of the exhibition venue.



















 




















 





























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Roman Signer, new works

Kestner Gesellschaft, Hanover (Germany)

24.08 - 04.11.2018


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Known for his explosive performances, the artist has been working on an expanded concept of sculpture since the early 1970s. Signer focuses on processes, material properties, and working with ordinary objects. His works thus show connections to conceptual art, Land Art, and Arte Povera. Signer augments the three dimensions of sculpture with a fourth: time. Using moving everyday objects such as a moving lawnmower and flying model helicopters, the passing of time and traces of past events are also made visible and tangible as metaphors for transience. The exhibition Roman Signer: New Works also features two walk-in installations that will be presented for the first time at the Kestner Gesellschaft.


Recurring Vocabulary

In Roman Signer’s works, everyday objects appear as recurring motifs in new contexts, including specially prepared bicycles, flying buckets, dancing walking sticks, helicopters, and drones. The objects are not exhibited in their usual function, but in unusual and sometimes humorous arrangements. For instance, the installation Schirm (2016) features two fans that engage in a kind of dialogue through the opening and closing of an umbrella. The video work Dachlawine (2017) shows industrial barrels filled with water that come loose from their fixtures after a simultaneous blast and roll down a roof. After a great spectacle, what remains is the metal in a new form.

Physical forces—explosives, water power, or motors as well as the force of gravity—are front and center in Roman Signer’s works and reveal their sculptural potential. Thus focused, speed, power, and chronology become tangible. Viewers can understand time as movement in space. Especially in waiting for the predictable and the rapid change, time can be experienced in expansion and compression. Time also appears in traces of the past, as in Spur (2016), and as the possible future, as in Kajak (2016), which could roll through the exhibition space on two industrial barrels.


New Works

For the first time, two large, walk-in installations will be shown at the Kestner Gesellschaft: Runder Raum (2017) is a wooden rotunda with a diameter of six meters. In a new performance, Roman Signer sprays yellow streaks of paint along a wheel in semicircular arcs, which also relate to the round windows of the former Goseriedebad. In the installation Milchstraße (2018), which was created specifically for the Kestner Gesellschaft, the sculptor turns to a new subject: the universe. A white carpet and a wooden corridor invite visitors to walk along the stars.


Curator: Christina Végh

Assistant Curator: Julika Bosch


















 
















 







Roman Signer, new works, Kestner Gesellschaft, Hanover

© ArtCatalyse International / Marika Prévosto 2018. All Rights Reserved

Exhibition August 24 - November 4, 2018.  Kestner Gesellschaft, Goseriede 11 - 30159 Hanover (Germany). T +49 511 701200. Hours: Tuesday–Sunday 11am–6pm, Thursday 11am–8pm.






 







 











 





 



























 





 











Roman Signer,  Kajak mit blauen Fässern, 2016. Sculpture, 200 cm x 90 cm x 60 cm. Photo: Aleksandra Signer.  Courtesy the artist


 


Roman Signer,  Kajak mit blauen Fässern, 2016. Sculpture, 200 cm x 90 cm x 60 cm. Photo: Aleksandra Signer.  Courtesy the artist