The title Air Wants to Go has been borrowed from the poem The Chess Player by the American poet Howard Altmann, which describes human abandonment and transformation in relation to the world. It is also the title of one of Dominik Lejman’s most recent works, a diptych in which Howard Altmann’s verse seems to vanish. The presentation at OP ENHEIM will feature five multi-element works by the award-winning Polish artist, which will be accompanied by a projection on the façade during the first three evenings of the exhibition.
Dominik Lejman’s art is based on the phenomenology of time, the entanglement of duration and repetition. The world depicted in his painting reveals a different world of duration. By combining abstract, geometric painting with the temporary video projection, Lejman enriches his painting with a narrative – a fabric and texts, “fences” of doubt between revelation and rejection, elation and fall, Elysium and prison. The artist’s aesthetics of painting, coupled with the mechanisation of projection reminiscent of Marcel Duchamp, enable the interpenetration of that which is visible and that which is not, duplications and palimpsest-like overlays, the appearance and disappearance of bodies, ghastly exposures and covers. To quote Samuel Beckett, who is perceived by the artist as a kindred spirit, Lejman’s practice could be termed art of confinement: “An endless revelation, veil after veil, layer upon layer of imperfect transparency, a revelation towards the unrevealable, nothing, the thing once more.”
Hubertus v. Amelunxen
16.10, 6:30 p.m. | Opening of exhibition and projection on the facade During the opening, access to the gallery will be limited. We invite you to a special zone in front of OP ENHEIM, from where you will be able to watch the projection on the facade.
17.10, 11:30 a.m. | OP_Talks | Meeting with Dominik Lejman and Hubertus v. Amelunxen