July 15, 2023 – January 14, 2024
Tauba Auerbach, born in 1981 in San Francisco and now living in New York, traces the visible and invisible connections, structures, and rhythms that shape our universe. In addition, Auerbach orients their artistic gaze toward the micro- and macrocosmic that constitute the complexity of being. To do this, the artist explores various scientific disciplines, such as mathematics, physics, anatomy, linguistics, and philosophy, whose rules and methods are often adopted in an unconventional manner. A special focus of interest lies in those areas that cannot be clearly measured, ascribed, or explained.
Auerbach’s works, featuring paintings, drawings, weavings, films, artist’s books, typography, and sculptures, can be seen as sensitive expressions of this artistic research. They are, on the one hand, characterized by an innovative aesthetic and language of form and, on the other, by remarkable versatility. Both lead to Auerbach’s commanding position in contemporary art discourse.
The exhibition at the Fridericianum features new works, some developed especially for Kassel, which are complemented by site-specifically staged older works. It promotes a heightened awareness of the dualities that are so pivotal for Auerbach. Alluding to the Fridericianum’s architectural symmetry, the show juxtaposes works that have different relationships to one another – in the northwestern wing through the common reference to “particles,” in the southeastern wing through a shared allusion to “waves”. On closer inspection, however, the works also display links to each other’s properties, an allusion to quantum physics. The artist uses such phenomena, to facilitate new perspectives on our world and its nature.