Star Work № 9: Poésie urbaine
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)
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