THOMAS LOCHER. Dead Letters. Living Words. Dying Metaphors. graft, press, hang. 03.02.2017 – 17.03.2017

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Galerie Reinhard Hauff is pleased to present Dead Letters. Living Words. Dying Metaphors. graft, press, hang, the seventh solo show by the Berlin artist Thomas Locher (*1956). In his artistic practice, Locher explores the functionality, use and poetic effect of language. In his current work, the central theme is letters and their meaning. For Locher, the letter is radical and thereby effects discourse. Further, he examines the various arrangements which come to mind when visualizing the string of verbs in the exhibition title: graft, press, hang. Locher illustrates for example the word grafting with a pair of grafting pliers normally used when grafting a shoot or a twig on to a living plant to conceptualize the image and the metaphor of his textual method. In the context of his artistic practice, grafting means putting together, composing, incorporating letters, texts and different materials that function autonomously, and now, through his method, combine to form new manifestations of thought and speech. Locher presents grafted bodies. Grafted objects. For him, it is about practice. The practice of combining, uniting and dissolving, of hanging, attaching and rearranging. About letters, scripture and writing, about the compatibility and incompatibility of texts, as well as texts and pictures.
Locher strives for text and images to be incorporated into each other in his works, for example in the series of reliefs titled
PLAY. Or in in the body of images forged out of high gloss steel, on which traces of images, letters or geometric forms are affixed and interact with the mirror images of the viewer. PLAY is a series about the trace of, and combination of texts which actually belong to unrelated groups of meaning and formal structures. The mirrored L in PLAY points to a sign and draws up the borderline where readability or just plain seeing of the word PLAY coalesces or disintegrates.

You are cordially invited to the exhibition opening on
Friday, February 3rd, 2017 from 7 to 10 pm. We are celebrating with Gin & Tonic, generously sponsored by Edelbrand Stauffenberg Dry Gin.