Passenger/ PRISHTINA (Kosovo)
08.07.2017 – 31.08.2017
„Puzzle“ was developed and conceived together, cooperatively and in parts collaboratively. Bernhard Hegglin and Clifford E. Bruckmann share a discussion, a conversation within a defined space under specific conditions. „Puzzle“ is a two-position presentation surrounding a common conversation and exchange.
The exhibition title is „Puzzle“, please explain?
BH: It’s not only a question of logic, but also of the motif of the puzzle. There is an undeniable quality to the idea of the „puzzle“: you can’t escape the quintessence of the result.
How do materials relate to the subject or content of your work?
CEB: Materials of course always carry an associative force with them. That, up to a certain degree, is how I can establish notions or entry points into the story I’d like to tell or the conversation I would like to have. However, I do not feel comfortable imposing a specific history of an object onto such a conversation. In that sense I try to use and choose material as triggers, rather than as carriers of specific information or data. I consider material as a tool, as means to create a thought environment which is as open as possible, before than adding or adjusting data by means of presentation or relationship to then, hopefully, arrive at a conversation and exchange I would like to have.
How about motifs? Are there motifs you often use?
BH: If you take furniture or interior appliances as a task of sorts, then it is recurring in my work. This task functions as projection plane and test area simultaneously.
Do your works stand in relation to each others in this show?
CEB: I think very much so. The exhibition itself has been a discussion and negotiation over a longer period of time, of course also involving the history Bernhard and I share. For me it was or is completely impossible to put together my contribution to this exhibition autonomously or autarkically. I also don’t think it would have made sense to approach this any differently. We’ve had the luxurious opportunity for a long exchange while thinking about this show and how to approach it. Of course, the intensity of the relations varies through the elements, as it did during the conception. But I guess that’s how negotiations, discourse and dialogue work: in some things you find common ground and share an opinion, in others you’re more interested in a different aspect, approach or idea than your vis-à-vis. Or at least that’s the spectrum.
Have you worked together before?
CEB & BH: We’ve known each other for a while now. We’ve been in exhibitions together, but we’ve never worked together as intensely and maybe specifically as we did for this exhibition.
How was it to work together? Especially in a city which is not your home?
BH: What was interesting to me, is to go through the process of experiencing a surrounding which is new to me together with someone instead of by myself. From the first moment there is a multitude of perspectives or aspects, while, if I were by myself, the process of reflection and consideration would be less diverse. Having to weigh and balance these different points of view in regards to a new surrounding is something completely different than working on one’s own.
Courtesy of the artists and Passenger