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The multilayered referential system of the artist Michael Gumhold does not hesitate to encompass all icons of music, art, or design history.
With no sense of scruple, he reaches into the treasure chest of our memories and frees the archives in our minds.
He dissects, dismantles, repeats and makes new linkages and lays out the track along which we follow him into his semiotic visual universe.
Gumhold likes associational chains of quotations that do not remain mere references, but rather serve a starting points for aesthetic reformulations. The shift in significance – as from high to low, from original unique object to a recontextualized copy – here has a method, and is intentional.
Gumhold’s rough material aesthetic and expressive gesture are directly borrowed from the event character of music, and a rather hard-rock style of music at that.
In his Rehearsal : Room - Installations apparatuses familiar from music, like instruments, microphones, or amplifiers, are taken from their functional context and find a new existence as sculptures in a sign system.
The music itself might remain silent, but its revolutionary potential, its affective directness and performative force are transformed into the situation of the exhibition.