DITTRICH & SCHLECHTRIEM is proud to present a solo exhibition by the New York-based artist Hugo Markl, titled SSSSS. The exhibition, his first in Berlin, features an installation, two large-scale sculptures, a new work from the Winchester series, as well as a group of drawings from the well-known GHOSTSHEETS (2001–2009) body of work. Included in the installation is the US drawing from the IQ series: using the color range of the American flag, it shows a woman presenting her stairs-like ordered set of teeth.
Room 1. The introduction of the mainstream as the schizophrenic aspect? For this exhibition, Markl redesigns mainstream materials, creating altered iconic objects that shift the relationship between the original and the revised, renewing the link between them. With the situation restaged, the mainstream experience is different.
Room 2. Slightly clumsy in design, a water-cut raw aluminum sculpture of a double Winchester is mounted on the wall. Next to the Winchester is a cowboy on his horse, a subject taken from the Western Rio Bravo (1959) directed by Howard Hawks.
Room 3. A black sculpture titled American Apparel: an androgynous figure completely dressed in black and pulling the polo neck jumper covering his face sits as a mystery in the space. The installation is completed by the black and blue wall tapestry reflecting wall formats and spatial conditions, marking the architecture.