The Roadtrip is off on a three-day excursion to Odense, Skanderborg and Arhus, Denmark, where we will visit a variety of museum exhibitions, photographers, and have some fun, too.
Brandts, the art and media museum in Odense we had a curator-guided tour of two photo exhibitions. The first was a series of pictures of (rather than by) Rudolf Schwarzkogler, a member of a group of artists in the 60's known as the Vienna Actionists. "Actions" designated what we typically think of as Happenings in the United states. Part of a reaction against the commodification of art in the 60's and 70's, many artists moved toward dematerialized conceptual performances and away from producing things...for sale. Schwarzkogler's Vienese variant was rather more violent and visceral, and the pictures exhibited here were of private performances undertook for friends, and the camera, in his apartment. The pictures themselves are documents of artistic acts rather than artworks in their own right.
We also were taken through a large of show of large photographs (5' x 5' and larger) by the Berlin photographer Thomas Florschuetz. To generalize, his images are abstractions, frequently from architectural elements. He's not a documentarian; rather looks to pull abstract form from concrete architectural spaces. Frequently his images are diptychs or triptychs in which the camera is realligned only slightly within the scene, producing not a "stitched" panorama, but rather an oddly, and attractively, formalistic meditation of architectural spaces. Although superficially like photographers form the Düsseldorf school, Florschuetz is rather more emotional in his imagery, a formalist rather than a visual notator of mute facts, and a unembarrassed colorist.
- John Schott