Typus30. September – 22. October 2005
Opening: 30th September 8pm
neoromantic? anti-totalitarian? political?
For the last two years Ulrich Gebert has been taking photos of conifers. He does not miss a single tree. He travels to remote botanical gardens and park landscapes, retracing the steps of 19th century scientists - often coming into dangerously close contact with the totalitarian appropriation fantasies of those days. Typus consists of a number of mounted tableaus that are ordered by species, suggesting a morphological standardisation of coniferous trees. Next to them is an 'Index of Obsolete Names': a list of Latin terms that are no longer in use. Gebert attempts to emulates the obsessive quest for order undertaken by the cartographers of natural history. By re-enacting scientific practices in an art context he reproduces the gesture of appropriating and conquering nature. Despite being such strong reductions, the tableaus show trees that invoke notions of forest, undergrowth and untamed nature. Gebert's work poignantly addresses the same powerful allusions that have begun to emerge in the works of the contemporary 'new romantics'. Looking at the separate images allows a subtle critique of totalitarianisms to unfold; their concentrated isolation lends them their suggestive power.+Ulrich Gebert was born in Munich in 1976, he studied in Leipzig in the class of Prof. Timm Rautert. The exhibition Typus is his master's degree project. In addition he has been attending a master class at the Royal College of Art in London. He can already reflect upon numerous residencies and awards (DAAD, Wüstenrot Foundation, Reinhart-Wolf Award, Körber Foto Award) as well as solo and group exhibitions. His works are represented in the Collection of the Folkwang Museum and the Kunstfond des Landes Sachsen (Saxony State Art Foundation)