DITTRICH & SCHLECHTRIEM is proud to announce the first solo exhibition in Europe by the American artist Robert Lazzarini. Aptly titled jam shot, a reference to the method and material used by safecrackers to blow open safes with nitroglycerin, the exhibition features recent sculptures from his oeuvre of compound mathematical distortions. Referring to America’s fascination with violence, Lazzarini’s work explores the boundaries between visual mediation and haptic reality. These planer and sine wave distortions include five wall-mounted objects: gun (ii), shotgun (sawed-off), brass knuckles (i), (iii), and (iv), and one freestanding work, safe (blown).
shotgun (sawed-off), is a distortion based on a Mossberg model 500 pump-action shotgun with pistol grip. Primarily used in law enforcement, home defense and combat, the sawed-off barrel makes the weapon easily concealable and ideal for criminal use. This work is presented alongside a series of distorted sinoidal and interlinked brass knuckles (i, iii, iv) as well as gun (ii), which is based on a .38 Smith & Wesson revolver.
The central work safe (blown) is based on a blown commercial safe. The sculpture oscillates between a minimal re-geometricizing of the cube and the real-world object the sculpture is based upon. The door of the safe, sitting several feet from the body, is affected by the same mathematical distortion, rendering the door irreconcilable and impossible to fix back into place. safe seemingly expands and contracts as the viewer navigates the piece, emphasizing the phenomenological nature of Lazzarini’s work.
Violence and weapons are recurrent themes in art and culture, however, the artworks presented in jam shot reveal a new, modified, and arcane representation of familiar objects. Lazzarini’s distorted sculptures at once create an offset to the original and inhabit an uneasy space for the viewer. Crafted from the same materials as the original objects, the sculptures eliminate the idea of material translation and limn the area between an image and an object.
Robert Lazzarini currently lives and works in New York and has exhibited with major institutions as The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Texas; The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts; The Aldrich Museum, Connecticut; and The Taipei Museum of Contemporary Art. His work is included in the permanent collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; The Hirschhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC and the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, among others.
DITTRICH & SCHLECHTRIEM will publish a catalogue on occasion of the exhibition, which includes an essay by Magdalena Kröner. The gallery will have extended hours during BERLIN ART WEEK, open Friday, 20 September and Saturday, 21 September from 11 to 8pm, and Sunday, 22 September from 11 to 6pm.. Please contact Owen Reynolds Clements with press requests or for further information at firstname.lastname@example.org.