BQ presents Friedrich Kunath for abc 2014. By the use of different media, such as drawing, printing, painting, photography, video, sculpture, and installation, Friedrich Kunath explores the subject’s ambivalent existence between hope and failure, longing and boredom, enthusiasm and melancholy. The artists borrows his imagery from Mediaeval art and Romanticism, from cartoons and historical illustrated books, from pop culture, music and history, the artist creates bewildering cabinets of curiosities, often infused with subtle irony that avoids any sentimental pathos.
For abc Friedrich Kunath creates an atmospheric space with several neon objects that are combined with silkscreen prints and a painted suitcase including a lucid palm tree. As a recurring motif, the suitcase corresponds to a longing for the faraway and for change, but also symbolises the past as an intimate, protected space. With the neon objects, for example an escaping balloon with the warning inscription “Don’t follow me I’m lost”, the romantic scenery is given an ironic twist and represents the artist’s oeuvre in a nutshell.
FK 1233 Friedrich Kunath
“If you leave me can I come too?”
2012 Fluorescent tubes, acrylic glass, transformer, cable 120 x 120 x 6 cm Edition of 4
Photo: Henning Moser, Berlin