"In Heaven Everything is Fine" / Christoph Blawert
17 September – 30 October, 2021
Blawert’s tendency to see commonly received images not as given but as malleable material is also evidenced in his films, audio plays, novels, and collaged picture books, which coexist symbiotically with his paintings. His movies, made in the analogue way using 16mm film or with a Super 8 aesthetic, recall in their design the films of the Nouvelle Vague movement. They operate with the lightness of a hand camera only to let the characters fall, without dreams or obsessions, ever downwards because the ground under their feet is pulled away. Similarly, the characters in his novels and audio plays, with titles that sound like pulp fiction themes, grope, and stumble their way through their stories. The impossibility of proving themselves like heroes is inscribed in all of them. Blawert publishes his stories and picture collections in small editions of self-produced volumes that encapsulate the diversity of his practice in all its various formats.
Blawert’s practice is one that does not simply play the role of rule- breaking and is not afraid to look in the abyss if it can expose the stage-managing going on behind the curtain. And perhaps the most brazenly irreverent aspect of his work is its tendency to relativize all forms of obligation and conformity and so exude an unruffled sense of freedom.