Upon immediate entrance to Clemens von Wedemeyer’s exhibition “Cast Behind You The Bones Of Your Mother” at Berlin’s KOW gallery, visitors will notice the show’s union of sculpture with film. The two mediums are used to exemplify the different forms of illusion in bringing objects to life. Wedemeyer elaborates on his intentions, stating, “As in all my works, I was searching to sharpen the view, to create a concentration and a spatialisation of images, that in turn opens up new combinations.”
This becomes evident in the show’s opening work, “The Beginning, Living Figures Dying.” Five screens set on a large concrete wall show looped found-footage of statues taken from historical films, with each screen set at a six second delay to create a temporally aesthetic effect. Moving on, two black torsi-sculptures entitled “Cast Behind You The Bones Of Your Mother” serve to present a relationship between material, technique and life. This theme carries on throughout the rest of the exhibition, which heavily displays works created through 3D printing.
Wedemeyer’s political and social preoccupations are especially pronounced in the closing piece of the show, entitled “The Cast: Procession.” Conceived simultaneously with show’s opening piece, the work deals with the past and contemporary history of Rome. The artist re-enacts a historical riot over the 1958 US production “Ben Hur,” in Italian city’s Teatro Valle. The intention of these works, Wedemeyer explains, is the creation of a fiction that is presented as porous and permeable in order to facilitate a sharper view of reality.
Text by Marie-France Rafael
Clemens von Wedemeyer’s “Cast Behind You The Bones Of Your Mother” at Berlin’s KOW gallery