Exhibition Dates: September 7 - November 23, 2013
"Bonvie's images have never stood still, but have always taken the form of symbolic sequences and flows of images creating a dynamic relational interplay." (Erich Franz)
At this year's DC Open joint gallery opening, Galerie Priska Pasquer will be presenting an individual exhibition of the works of Rudolf Bonvie. Within the framework of this exhibition, gallery and artist will be undertaking an experiment.
Rudolf Bonvie is regarded as one of Germany's first media artists, one whose work explores the function and impact of communication with images. In the 1970s and 1980s, his working material included photographs found in the press. Since he first started working on his "Stockmarket Works" in 2001 he concentrates his artistic work on the internet and, since 2012, on the Tumblr blog portal.
Tumblr is a platform that is used above all by the younger generation to share photos, GIFs, videos and short texts. Founded in 2007 by David Karp (born 1986), Tumblr was sold to Yahoo for 1.1 billion dollars in May 2013. In August 2013, over 130.5 million Tumblr blogs were online.
In the Rudolf Bonvie "Dialog" exhibition at Galerie Priska Pasquer, the thirteen-piece image sequence of the same name from 1973 is juxtaposed with the artist's latest Tumblr works, thus building a bridge within his creations over a period of 40 years.
In his Tumblr works, Rudolf Bonvie explores perceptions of his own artistic works on the internet. He uploads these to the Tumblr blog portal where they are "shared" by other users. In this way, the works become part of other people's visual worlds. These ever-changing contexts of his works have been compressed and fixed by the artist in his Tumblr works.