Layers: Humus of Time

I See Something Better by Susanna Lakner
32.6″x30.3″; cardboard, vintage reproductions, mirror, adhesive tape; 2023. Courtesy of the artist.


Susanna Lakner: Layers: Humus of Time

at Zero Arts in Stuttgart, Germany
12 January-2 February 2024

The procedure of collaging is to tear pictorial elements out of context and rearrange them in a completely different context. Collaging requires a different approach than other art genres. Collagists do not think up a picture and search for the necessary pictorial material, but wait for a promising, inspiring fragment of a picture to appear in the search process, which then points the way. The most important part of the work is, therefore, the search for and careful selection of the material.

Susanna Lakner’s collage art is about the question of how it is possible to thematize the space-time continuum. How can old pictorial elements be catapulted into timelessness by combining them with new materials?

Royal Portraits No. 1 by Susanna Lakner
22.4″x18.8″; cardboard, vintage reproductions, paper tape, old manuscript; 2023. Courtesy of the artist.

For the works in this show, Lakner combines collages of old reproductions and illustrations with completely banal cardboard boxes from the post-COVID present with the aim of creating an entity that has fallen out of time. There is no past, no future, there is only the present, where the layers become humus. The humus of time.

(text adapted from material provided by the artist)


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Ostendstraße 16
70190 Stuttgart, Germany
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