GUDBERG NERGER GALLERY
Poolstraße 8 | 20355 Hamburg
Opening | Thursday 18th June 2020
Exhibition runs until July 31st 2020
Deaf Mute | 2019 | oil on canvas | 160cm x 140cm
Change is life’s inevitable companion; devoted to one another - a symbiosis. Shifts can take place rapidly, monumentally or cursory, propelling nature into a continual state of adaptation; an ineffable metamorphosis. What may first appear as misfortune transmutes and divides, compelling one to change position, to grow, to acquire: to evolve. Change triples its image, urging us to capitalise on an opportunity to learn, both subjectively and on a broader political scale.
Change destabilizes, provokes, heightens our fears and anxieties as our animal passions flare up in fight or flight. Incubating on a phenomenology of panic we seek escape from the psychic torture of realities we find intolerable; libidinal energy shifts to resist rupture and manage the unbearable. The same ideological gloss is seen in its inversion: sudden change releases us, severing our attachment to the Imaginary. Stagnation is agitated and we embrace its vertigo in dialectical prefiguration.
Hungry Lungs speaks to the unforeseen, a staggering rhetorical shift that generates a primitive craving for the familiar. A cathexis towards the before. The work confronts us, provokes us with eyes of examination whilst simultaneously offering a departure from the every day. We’re invited to explore new environments, exuberantly budding, diving head first into a change that births us into existence.
Written by Jill Tegan Doherty and Dr.Estelle Hoy