Martin Assig -Glückhaben


March 6th - May 17th, 2015

Assig plays on the notion of the mediaeval anonymous artist who submits to a higher ideal and surveys his own work with a sense of wonder, as though from the outside. In his drawings he translates his own handwriting into colourful, abstract lines, forms and patterns, bodies and objects.

Sheet after sheet develops in patient work processes, as if they were liturgy of the hours in mediaeval manuscripts or comic strips. They originate in the daily stream of perception, of hearing and thinking, seeing, sensing and reading, leading to a field beyond efficiency and maximisation of profit. Wisdom gained through experience condenses here, appearing to be both supratemporal and profane. Openly they pronounce the innermost mysteries of love and death. At times they seem heavy, at times light. Particular words obtain visibility: hope, humility, tragedy, memory, certainty, eternity, mercy…

The majority of the drawings draw on religious traditions, on folklore, rituals, body-awareness, literature, music and philosophy. Whether it may be Marguerite Dumas or Johann Sebastian Bach, Edvard Munch or Paul Klee, Russian literature or his own fate – each new sheet drips with precious thought-nectar that runs from the studio in the countryside just outside Berlin into the art-circulation of many a metropolis.

The exhibition at Haus am Waldsee shows architectural sculpture next to numerous drawings, all of them full of sensual as well as spiritual force.

In cooperation with Museum Boijmans van Beuningen in Rotterdam a catalogue will be published in German and English with Verlag Walther König. It will feature essays contributed by Björn Vedder and Durs Grünbein as well as an introduction by its editor Katja Blomberg.