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Wintersalon No. 8
Saturday, 3rd December 2016
from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.
The salon takes place in TW’s studio in Berlin-Kreuzberg, Bergmannstrasse 68.
The Message, 2015
No news is good news. This catchphrase has never felt truer than in current times. Fresh news items wash over us with the passing of each and every second. Torsten Warmuth’s work “The Message” takes a close look, not so much at the global news presented by the media but rather at traces of the individual.
He finds the starting material for his work on weathered advertising billboards or pasted-over lamp posts: remains of posters, tattered scraps of advertising; messages with the tear-off telephone numbers of those searching for apartments, offers from attic clearers, protests against gentrification, political calls to oppose the TTIP, or announcements of concerts by underground bands.
Taking up conceptually the collage work in his earlier black and white images Torsten Warmuth photographs these, makes a selection, and choreographs a new aesthetic assemblage within the field of the picture. The visual raw materials are still perceptible only as fragments, as traces of humanity, as things relinquished by life, as what is passed – to some extent unfiltered – from person to person. As distillations, the works emerging in this way embody pictorial impressions of our time.
Nobody Knows You, 2015
Names beside doorbells, faded and peeling away; chapped writing once so carefully placed, the final witnesses to an earlier time. It is deadly quiet in this street, the entrances are bricked up, not a sound can escape; in places where people lived, loved, fought; where children raced down the hill making such a din. Their farewell was yesterday – forwarding address unknown.