The Stars Are So Big, the Earth Is So Small... Stay As You Are (Part I)

Curated by Robert Meijer & Christophe Wiesner
September 10 – October 16, 2004

Exhibition view: The Stars Are So Big, the Earth is So Small... Stay As You Are (Part I), Schipper & Krome, Berlin 

Photo © Jörg von Bruchhausen

Exhibition view: The Stars Are So Big, the Earth is So Small... Stay As You Are (Part I), Schipper & Krome, Berlin 

Photo © Jörg von Bruchhausen

Boris Achour

Contrôle, 1997

Porcelain, 4 parts
Dimensions variable

Photo © Jörg von Bruchhausen

Heimir Björgúlfsson

Gleam lustre glisten, 2004 (left) 
Bird skeleton, insects, Plexiglas, aluminium
20 x 20 x 135 cm 

 

Heimir Björgúlfsson (center) 

A tale of a fink and a seahorse, 2004
Taxidermy fink, seahorse, crystal stones, wood
20 x 20 x 110 cm

Heimir Björgúlfsson (right)

A fine kettle of fish, 2004
Taxidermy baby goose, fish teeth, wallpaper, wood
20 x 20 x 115 cm 

Photo © Jörg von Bruchhausen

 

Heimir Björgúlfsson

A tale of a fink and a seahorse, 2004 (left)
Taxidermy fink, seahorse, crystal stones, wood
20 x 20 x 110 cm


Heimir Björgúlfsson  

A fine kettle of fish, 2004 (center)
Taxidermy baby goose, fish teeth, wallpaper, wood
20 x 20 x 115 cm 


Heimir Björgúlfsson

Gleam lustre glisten, 2004 (right)
Bird skeleton, insects, Plexiglas, aluminium
20 x 20 x 135 cm 

 

Photo © Jörg von Bruchhausen 

Nathan Coley
Emanuel. 1972 (Settlement Offensive)
, 2004 (left) 
Painted plywood and timber
70 x 49 x 45 cm


Prefabs. 1937 (Political First, Urban Second), 2004 (right) 

2 houses: painted plywood and timber

61 x 45 x 47 cm (each)

Photo © Jörg von Bruchhausen

Jean Pascal Flavien 
Untitled, 2004 (detail) 

Mixed media 

Dimensions variable

Photo © Jörg von Bruchhausen

Iain Pate

Flourishes2004

Wood, leather, stainless steel rivets

2 pieces: 93 x 19 x 11 cm and 44,5 x 26 x 11 cm

Photo © Jörg von Bruchhausen

Matthew Ronay
Baby Makin’ Behind Barriers, 2004

MDF, wood, aluminium, steel, paint

122,5 x 203 x 44 cm

Photo © Jörg von Bruchhausen

Thomas Scheibitz

Ohne Titel (Loch)2004

MDF, wood, denim, vinyl paint

135 x 135 x 42 cm

Photo © Jörg von Bruchhausen

Original exhibition invitation (recto) 

The Stars Are So Big, the Earth Is So Small... Stay As You Are (Part I)

Curated by Robert Meijer & Christophe Wiesner
September 10 – October 16, 2004
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Boris Achour

Heimir Björgúlfsson

Nathan Coley

Jean-Pascal Flavien

Iain Pate

Matthew Ronay

Thomas Scheibitz

 

I don't want to say anything.

Me neither.

You should just come and enjoy...

... as if you were walking in a landscape.

But without architecture and urbanity.

For us, that's over. Finished. Ciao.

Our landscape has volume fillers and space takers.

A lower landscape: craters, pedestals, parking barriers, staircases...

The model houses are there because they are built from the bottom up.

Just like the trees.

But you can settle down into a lower landscape, too.

That's where the jeans come in.

The jeans in the crater. We showed you that.

And the seahorse with the duck.

Water - need we say more?

Well, let's not forget the intimate landscapes behind every artist, every work.

Like Matthew's philosophical talk about Romantic literature in Basel.

We were at a party, lying in beach chairs outside, listening to him, all night long.

And the landscape became more compact and personal as he spoke...

Here, you will feel big at first, just like you first feel small under the stars.

But you'll have to add your own philosophical talk.

After this show, we plan to start on the ceiling and work downwards.

We are going to do high landscapes, the landscape as precipitation.

Like rain.

Tears! Come on: you forgot about the farewell.

Oh yes - then we all go away and come back as something else.

A break, a vacation, a change. You know... we need that, too.

To remain personal.

And to fill space differently.

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