Essays & Catalogue Texts
Cracks and Reforms and Bursts in the Violet Air
after the butcher, Berlin (scroll down to read text online)
Cracks and Reforms and Bursts in the Violet Air presents a constellation of artworks by Shannon Bool, Kim Hankyul and Anton Bo Matzke that meditate on the status of artistic production within broader fields of social relations. The title of the exhibition borrows a line from T.S. Eliot’s, The Waste Land (1922), an influential, early modern poem that makes use of numerous images and lines of text from other sources to describe a post-war landscape through affects, shifts in voice and fragmented narratives rather than through factual description. The allusion is fitting, considering the current sense of uncertainty in the wake of the pandemic, as well as an overall disillusionment with living for over 30 years under neo-liberalism and its economic failures. The artists have used the situation to mount a series of artworks that repurpose, re-channel, and redistribute means of production and offer systems of evaluating everyday living rather than continuing to assert didactic political positions that are in a deadlock of meaning.