A Lot of Effort for a Bad Joke - Tim Hollander
20 January - 22 February
The work of Tim Hollander is a constant and multiform experiment into the presentation and contextualization of objects, images and texts within the context of art institutions. At the core of his practice lies a fascination for exhibition’s hidden mechanisms and the unwritten rules around the making and displaying of and relating to art. Although not always the subject of his exhibitions, elements of this fascination regularly enter his installations. Hollander’s work often balances between the functionality of an object presenting an artwork and the disfunctionality of an actual artwork. In general one might say: even as art might take the shape of a functional object, it is never merely used as such. Although art cannot be reduced to mere idle design, some of it sure appears to be.
A lot of effort for a bad joke is Hollander’s first solo-exhibition in the gallery and combines prints, commodities, photographs and leftovers from old studio buildings together in a non-hierarchical installation. Spatial interventions like the diagonal pedestal An object that crosses the space diagonally and allows visitors to move around it emphasize the gallery’s architecture and its limitations. Vertical Movement (Display time!) and Landscape with ornamented figures imitate the shape and size of door handles or banisters, but by adding a new, displaying function to the objects they are no longer able to serve their original purpose. At the other side of the gallery, a remnant from Hollander’s old studio makes a half-hearted attempt to redeem this lost function.
Study for a painting (I) and (II) are examples of Hollander’s interest in the parallels between the book and the space. It consists of a series of de- and reconstructed diagrams taken from an encyclopedia of ornaments. Becoming detached from the original drawings they refer to, various lines and shapes are brought together in new drawings that now balance between abstract drawing, diagram and floorplan.