On display in the showroom on the ground floor of the gallery are the works of two young artists.
The photographs of the Chinese artist Chen Wei, born in 1980, are staged depictions of dark, mysterious and disquieting interiors. The viewer is confronted by rooms that are always deserted, mostly doorless. They are nightmarish scenes that evoke feelings of anxiety, the kind of feelings that are inevitably accompanied by a racing pulse, breathlessness and claustrophobia. In “A Rat’s Post Office”, the anonymous writer of countless unsent letters seems to have escaped this nightmare. Chen Wei’s photographs are staged scenes of destruction and desecration, worlds from which their inhabitants have fled in desperation.
Chen Wei lives and works in Hangzhou, China. The presentation at the Rüdiger Schöttle Gallery is the first showing of his photographs in Germany.
The artist Agathe Snow, born in 1976, lives and works in New York. Although she became known through her performances – take, for example, her legendary dance marathons and dinner parties for hundreds of people in New York – Agathe Snow also works in other media. Her sculptural objects, for example, are apocalyptic installations fabricated from a multitude of artefacts gleaned from the flea markets of New York. At the Rüdiger Schöttle Gallery, Agathe Snow will be showing her film “Total Workout Video”, in which a troupe of models in Jane Fonda-style aerobic outfits show how ladies can keep their cool even in the most awkward of situations. Overacting to the extreme, they teach us “How to Behave when Meeting Jesus” or “How to Get Off Easy when Pulled Over by the Cops”. At the beginning of 2011, the Deutsche Guggenheim will be mounting a solo exhibition of new works by Agathe Snow.