A rose is not a rose

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Marcus Kleinfeld’s eponymous new video work ‘A rose is not a rose’ is presented as an enigmatic series of still images underscored by sound effects as well as text and spoken words of human and voice-software generated origins. In it, the artist – last year’s recipient of the BCC Award – deconstructs something akin to a psychological journey from found photographs of the last decades of the 20th century. The resulting dissonances and tensions add a sense of alienation to the almost educational-looking imagery of empty buildings and laboratories, or human beings performing mundane daily activities like under a microscope.
Further shown in the exhibition is ‘Audit’, another video work similarly concerned with ideas of alienation and separation and solely consisting of running text on black background and an accompanying voice-over of a mysterious group therapy session.
Three wall installations, a painting-collage showing a large picture of a rose as well as two framed series of multiple prints complete the exhibition. They deal with similar aspects of human relationships and society and give an impression of the artist’s distinct work, which has long been concerned with the psychological and physical effects that systems – political, economical and social – have on individuals and groups.
Marcus Kleinfeld (1979, Berlin) studied at Chelsea College of Art in London, Villa Arson in Nice and Goldsmith College in London. Upcoming exhibitions in 2014 will be at Kunstverein Maschinenhaus Essen (with Eli Cortinas) and Kunstverein Cuxhaven. The artist lives and works in Berlin.