Benjamin Bergmann “Luftmatratze”, 2011, ©VG Bild-Kunst 2011
OPEN ART Gallery weekend Munich:
Saturday / Sunday, September 10th /11th: 11 am to 6 pm
Benjamin Bergmann's oeuvre focuses on fundamental and recurring themes relating to the human condition: the definition of one's actions, the desire for fulfillment and creation of meaning, the handling of time and transitoriness. Born in Würzburg Germany in 1968, Benjamin Bergmann initially began an apprenticeship as a wood sculptor. During his course of studies at the Art Academy in Munich, where he still lives today, the artist worked closely with performance groups for whom he created multimedia action spaces which were to have a decisive effect on his future work.
"For me, the beauty of absurdity is the sustainability of confusion. At some point, you catch yourself thinking that a totally absurd world may just be a more beautiful one." (Benjamin Bergmann).
"Luftmatratze / Air mattress" (2011), for example, shows a form cast in plaster, balanced on two supports, which appears to be floating on air, providing the viewer with the suggested feeling of wanting to recline on it. In reality, the form is stiff and heavy, contradicting the notion (and function) of an air mattress. The paraphernalia that Benjamin Bergmann makes use of are vehicles that reflect life as an energetically charged and mystifying 'theatrum sanctum' in which knowing and not-knowing, obscurity and insight are considered as equals. In addition to various installations, the exhibition at Nusser & Baumgart will also include a work for the stage, frottage works and a video selected for the show.
In May 2011 Benjamin Bergmann was awarded the "VHV Artist of the Year Award 2011". The concept for the prize, the jury of which is headed by Veit Görner (with Susanne Gaensheimer and Bernhard Schwenk), was conceived by VHV Insurance Services Hannover in cooperation with the Kestnergesellschaft.
The current exhibition "Benjamin Bergmann. Post Scriptum" at the Museum Künstlerhaus Marktoberdorf can be seen until September 11, 2011. It provides visitors with an opportunity to experience a selection of works completed by the artist during the last ten years (the show is accompanied by a catalogue, available in the gallery).