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Meeting

Clemens Reinecke, Conor Backman, Israel Lund, Travess Smalley and Jochen Plogsties interviewed by Hendrik Niefeld, accompanied with a text by Alison Hugill
Publication launched December 6, 2014

Meeting - Interview at The High Line, New York City

Meeting – Interview at The High Line, New York City

It must have been summer. I bought a few canvases and some acrylic paint. Then I cleared a corner in the living room and started to paint. It was terrible. I am not talking about the act of putting paint on canvas. No, that was great actually. I am talking about the paintings. I threw them in the garbage when I moved away that winter.

Years later I thought: did my true life-purpose elude me back then? Could I have been, unconsciously, a master of the craft? Am I not a painter-like character?

Hendrik Niefeld

Meeting Publication Launch in Berlin

Meeting – Publication Launch in Berlin

Walter Benjamin’s writings on materialist theology describe the messianic kingdom as exactly the same as our world, but with a “small adjustment” of everything. In Meeting, Hendrik Niefeld asks a mundane question that takes him on a significantly less mundane quest: “what if everything had been slightly different and I had become a painter?”

The publication critically reflects on art practice, by committing itself to a radical thought experiment. It is just as much a meeting with the five selected artists as it is a meeting with the author himself, as each of the interviewed subjects reflects – and not just statistically (they are all young, white males) – the self-satisfying psychoanalytic journey of understanding oneself through others. Meeting begins with a selfie.

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The curation of materials is also a psychological undertaking: each interviewee is asked to arrange a selection of works by other artists, and fill out a kind of identification form. From this we get a sample of their idiosyncratic handwriting, a window into their thought process. In fact, for all the focus on painting, we see few uncontextualized images of the artists’ painted works. The content of the short interviews becomes quite crucial, while the artists divulge their distinctive working habits that might provide the key, for Niefeld, to their painterly personalities.

Conor Backman discusses the problems of translation inherent in documentation, Clemens Reinecke muses on envy and temptation, while Israel Lund’s responses remain empty in an elusive gesture. In each case, the painter grapples with or integrates the unavoidable omnipresence of the internet. As Meeting is only available online, digital translation and the cult of the artist are central themes that, when addressed, bring renewed relevance to painting as an escapist contemporary medium.

As with other publications by Info Punkt, like the Bonus Material series, the documentation is aesthetically crude. Images of the artists’ studios appear typically cluttered – the process is revealed without intervention or glorification of the craft. Rather, we get a sense of the banalities of the everyday, those elements that hold the promise of a small adjustment, a potentially different reality – not necessarily better but different. A world in which Hendrik Niefeld was a painter.

Alison Hugill

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Clemens Reinecke, Conor Backman, Israel Lund, Travess Smalley and Jochen Plogsties interviewed by Hendrik Niefeld, accompanied with a text by Alison Hugill

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Names featured in our manoeuvres

Alex Turgeon

Alex Vivian

Alina Gregorian

Alison Hugill

Amber Wright

Allison Katz

Ander Rennick

Annie Pearlman

Anthony Antonellis

Anne Fellner

Antoine Renard

Armen Eloyan

Aude Pariset

Brad Troemel

Bunny Rogers

Burkhard Beschow

Calle Segelberg

Camilla Steinum

Célestin Krier

Christian Oldham

Christopher LG Hill

Clémence de La Tour du Pin

Clemens Reinecke

Conor Backman

Cosima zu Knyphausen

David Rappeneau

Edward Marshall Shenk

Emily Shinada

Emma Talbot

Erik Larsson

Erik Stinson

Felix Amerbacher

Florent Dubois

Hamishi Farah

Hanna Hur

Harry Burke

Hayley Silverman

Honza Zamojski

Inga Kerber

Inger Wold Lund

Israel Lund

J. Gordon Faylor

Jaakko Pallasvuo

Jasper Spicero

Jennifer Chan

Jochen Plogsties

Johannes Kaufmann

John Henry Newton

Jordan Kasey

Josey Kidd-Crowe

Joshua Abelow

Joshua Petherick

Joyce Depue

Juan Pablo Larraín

Julian Irlinger

Kai Hügel

Katherine Botten

Katherine Poe

Kathrin Freytag

Keith J. Varadi

Kerim Seiler

Kristina Lee

Lauren Cook

Leslie Weibeler

Liam Osborne

Lina Leang Chung

Luis Vassallo

Manuel Stehli

Marisa Takal

Mary Wichmann

Matt Welch

Matthew Luther

Maximilian Roganov

Michael O’Mahony

Natasha Madden

Naomi Pollack

Natalie Häusler

Nicholas Verstraeten

Nick Payne

Olivia Dunbar

Olivia Erlanger

Paul Barsch

Peggy Pehl

Philipp Simon

Pia Christmann

Quintessa Matranga

Rohan Whiteley

Ronny Szillo

Salomo Andrén

Samuel Eschmann

Sanya Kantarovsky

Sigtryggur Berg Sigmarsson

Stephen Booth

Tilman Hornig

Tom Fellner

Travess Smalley

Vincent de Hoÿm

Vittorio Brodman

Zac Segbedzi

Zachary Davis