Monthly Archives: February 2013

Otto Berchem – Revolver

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All revolutions go down in history, yet history does not fill up; the rivers of revolution return from whence they came, only to flow again.
Guy Debord

For his solo exhibition at Ellen de Bruijne projects, Otto Berchem’s REVOLVER focuses on the relations between language, architecture, history and poetry. Consisting of paintings, drawings, sculpture and video, and interacting with past experiences, as well as specific sites within his current context of living in Colombia, Berchem produces a series of work revealing the aesthetic connotations of past revolutionary moments.

Through the use of a personal chromatic alphabet developed originally for the project Blue Monday (2011) Berchem proposes a review of iconic images. Creating a parallel history by strategically deleting the pre-existing slogans, he replacing them with his own.

Berchem creates these gaps in time, occupying the image with his chromatic phrases, generating a new tension between history and his version of it. This allows the artist to explore the human necessity for rebellion and protest, and reach for his own place within the power structures that they challenge.

The title REVOLVER spins in different directions. On one hand it alludes to the guns used to aid revolutions, on other it makes reference to the cyclical nature of revolt, and ultimately its failure.

Otto Berchem lives and works in Amsterdam and Bogota. His recent work has been shown in Stem Terug, De Apple, Amsterdam 2012; Etat de Veille, Jousse Entreprise, Paris 2012; You Are Not Alone, Fundacio Miro, Barcelona, 2011; (solo) Blue Monday, La Central, Bogota; Out of Storage, Timmerfabriek, Maastricht 2011.

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Inintentional Assisted Ready Made Homage?

with a dose of Picasso and Achille and Pier Giacomo Castiglioni.

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Horizontal

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Opening 7:00PM, February 28, 2013

Galería La Central
Carrera 12A No. 77A-72
Bogota

Felipe Arturo, Otto Berchem, Pia Camil, Nicolás Cárdenas, Jaime Gili, Juan Carlos Haag, Federico Herrero, David Miles, Santiago Reyes, Etta Säfve, Daniel Santiago Salguero.

Horizontal is the first step of an investigation of landscape. The title refers to the traditional format of landscape paintings. In Colombia the most significant school of landscape is the Escuela de la Sabana, where the intention of the artists was to exalt the beauty of the local nature and demonstrate its relation with an appropriate mood.

This exhibition explores some of the possible relationships between the subject and its environment, taking into account the different tensions that arise in the representation and assimilation of space beyond its physical characteristics. Through the result of these negotiations, Horizontal traces a path through the landscape of the contemporary attitude leaving the moral connotation of the romantic landscape, emphasizing the poetic context of the artist’s relationship within their environment.