Daniel Gustav Cramer
Ten Works

May 30th – Aug 28th, 2013
La Kunsthalle Mulhouse, Mulhouse

181 x 119 cm
Edition of 5 + 2 AP
5 stacks of A4 paper, text
5 stacks of A4 paper, text
5 stacks of A4 paper, text
5 C-prints
Each 55 x 50 cm
Each 65 x 58 cm framed
Two iron spheres, burnished, magnets
ø 30 cm | ø 25 cm
Book, leather bound, ca. 800 pages
22 x 17 x 5 cm
Edition of 5 + 2 AP

The book is structured in three parts. A first part of around 20 empty pages, a second part of a continuous text (the unedited text of the first edition of Moby Dick by Herman Melville) without paragraphs and other interruptions, a final part of around 20 empty pages.

The exhibition is part of a series, in which each show is entitled by the amount of works exhibited. Between various kinds of artworks, including photographs, texts, book works, paper works and sculptures almost all on display for the first time, this exhibition transports the spectator into a poetic universe and a space-time , which continually focusses on the nature of memory as a way to question and relate to one's individual place.

Daniel Gustav Cramer often begins with a story or an image which evolves imperceptibly. Using series, fragmentation and ellipsis, he creates temporal interstices from one sequence to the next, inbetween places which stimulate the imagination. He invites spectators to enter into these narrow openings and to locate their own detours. Daniel Gustav Cramer’s works are not directive; they bury themselves in foggy decor stitching a labyrinth of little moments freed from beginning and end.

In Mulhouse, Daniel Gustav Cramer continues his search for the tangible through his use of written and visual narratives. In his stories, the role of the physical presence of human beings is increasingly reduced sometimes vanishing entirely to the point of leaving nothing but a vacant space.

The exhibition is made up of small, simple, in a way “dry” things, of tensions and minuscule variations. Even though each work has a character of being complete in itself, once they appear united in the exhibition, they transform into fragments striving for a single picture, far from any spectacular effect, Daniel Gustav Cramer ś works tend to have a closeness to forms of minimalism and abstraction. His objects and images remain at distance, the space between the subject and the observer is a part of the experience of the work. There is a fragile balance between the subject and its meaning which seems an essential key to enter the realm of the work.

Born in 1975, Daniel Gustav Cramer lives and works in Berlin. In 2012, his work was shown in various exhibition venues including Kunsthaus, Glarus (Switzerland), Badischer Kunstverein in Karlsruhe (Germany) and Kunsthalle Lisbon. He also participated in DOCUMENTA 13 in Kassel (Germany). Since 2007, he has been working in partnership with Haris Epaminonda on The Infinite Library, a project which has taken the form of books and an archive.

About Daniel Gustav Cramer

Daniel Gustav Cramerʼs (*1975) exhibitions often consist of an installation of individual elements that together unfold as one single body.


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