Tumble, 2016 | Courtesy the artist and Galerie Thomas Schulte, Berlin
In contrast with his photographic works in which the artist applies digital scanning and photo processing techniques, Idris Khan’s latest works are characterized by materially and constructively superimposing layers of text onto the same surface. Khan incorporates quotes from a wide range of authors including Agnes Martin, Roland Barthes, and Susan Sonntag, but also texts of his own. His sources reflect the artist’s interest in philosophy, religion, art history, and theory, as well as the importance of scripture in relation to cultural memory.
For his new installation at Galerie Thomas Schulte, Daniel Buren has transformed the gallery’s prominent window on the corner of Leipziger Straße and Charlottenstraße. Since the 1960s, Buren uses the iconic 8.7 cm wide stripes as a “visual tool” for his works in situ. The stripes, chosen for their neutralizing and anonymizing effects, which the artist applies to walls, windows, and other architectural features, serve as a political intervention dissolving existing distinctions between inside and outside, private and public.