Stephan Vee, Poésie urbaine, 2001
Acrylic on photograph on wood, diptych, each panel 140 × 100 cm

09.12.–11.01.2015

Star Work № 9: Poésie urbaine

Stephan Vee

Four pigeons sitting on three battens in an artificial green-yellow with cross-faded lighting from a slight bottom view. The footless bodies of the plaster pigeons are patterned mass products that convey an impression of uniformity. As on lines of a musical stave or telephone wires, they sit at two different distances upon the upper batten and are repeated as shadowy outlines on the background wall as a shifted resonance. They peer into an unknown foreground.

This banal pictorial theme, designated by the title as urban poetry, refers to pigeon breeding that was the everyday hobby of simple labourers in mining settlements such as Charleroi. What does the pale work offer in terms of visual resonances and associations that could shed light on the intentions of the artist? Are we looking at carrier pigeons which, in the era of e-mail, are sitting on the shelf as if no longer required? Are they clay pigeons that can be shot? Or do the pigeons simply represent a cliché of domesticated nature? This final interpretation would belong to the urban fantasy of naturalness just like houseplants or miniature gardens in boxes on balconies.

(Dirk Tölke, edited version)

STAR WORK
Within the Star Work series a different artwork from the IKOB Collection is displayed each time.

Star Work № 6: Rhombus


Star Work № 5: Ausgewürfelte Bilder, 28 Bildmöglichkeiten


Star Work № 4: Veules-les-Roses


Star Work № 3: Regalfrau


Star Work № 2: Me Walking


Star Work № 8: The Gates


Star Work № 10: Geschlossene Scheune


Star Work № 7: Seestück II


Star Work № 11: Composition


Star Work № 12: Untitled


Star Work № 14: Sieglar-96-09-21


Star Work № 13: LBYD/SOI


Star Work № 1: Ein auf seinen Grundriss reduzierter Stein im Maßstab 1 : 1 / Berg aus Steinstaub


Star Work № 25: A Billion Square Circles


STAR WORK № 24: Checkpoint Charlie


Star Work № 23: Babalú Ayé


Star Work № 22: Sorry


Star Work № 21: République Libre de Clairefontaine


Star Work № 20: Constructor


Star Work № 19: DEIN GEILSTER MÄDCHENFLUGKÖRPER SCHREIT TOTALST: NUR VORNE IST EVOLUTION IM SCHRITT "MARSCH MARSCH", VERSACHLICHT ALLES.


Star Work № 18: Ohne Titel


Star Work № 17: Corte Cromático, Tribute to André Blank


Star Work № 16: Statement 34/56


Star Work № 15: Texte zur Kunst