5805, 24.9.2003 | Copyright Delmes & Zander
The Cologne-born artist Horst Ademeit (1937-2010) was discovered by the gallery in 2008, some two years before his death. Ademeit obsessively devoted close to 40 years of his life to collecting information – through photography and meticulous note-keeping – that would establish the existence of what he called “cold rays,” unseen forces that he believed severely impaired and impacted his life and surroundings. Developing a complex, at times quasi-scientific system of reference with precise facts and dates he recorded, Ademeit’s photographic documentation portrays the mysteries (and what he perceived as the threats) of everyday life. Trapped in a Kafkaesque world, Ademeit created pathological structures of order for himself in an attempt to make sense of an otherwise all-consuming presentiment of doom.