SGT. PEPPER'S LONELY HEARTS CLUB BAND
Sometimes, Yesterday, Generally.
Within Callous Fortresses,
Can't Guarantee Joviality.
Endless Appetite Persists.
Tantrums, Vices, Guilt
Severe Ruptures Pollute,
Dreams, Displaying More
Spoiling My Bravery,
Here. Gaining Wisdom,
Slowly Preparing Yourself.
What Hazy Days.
What Heated Desires
Tensions Perpetuate. Genuine
Dawn, Daylight Luring.
Good, Bad Scenarios.
How Cruelly Wonderful,
Seems. Life Mustn't
Tempting Encounters, Lasting
Timidness Provoke Gentleness.
What Makes Ghosts Haunt?
What Makes Joy Linger?
What Makes Reality Surreal?
What Makes People Men?
Chaos. Gasping For Breath. Joyful Hours
Cast Form, Outshine Solitude. Tearful Ballads, Joyous Hymns –
Same Feelings Or Alternative Getaway
Such Flights. Jaded Liaisons Have
Faded. As Ideals Develop,
Days Substitute Dreams. Blissful Journey, Enchanted
Just Simmering Frivolities,
Seclusion. Fighting Order, Sense, Wisdom.
OUT OF LOVE
– Albeit Link –
Being – Ironically –
BERMANIA! COMPOSING A REVIVAL.
The possibilities and difficulties of the posthumous presentation and perception of the life and work of Wallace Berman.
The California assemblage and collage artist Wallace Berman (1926–1976) did not separate his work from his life and has been known as “living work of art”. As he did not talk about his intentions the contemplators of Berman’s works have to (and have the chance to) draw their own conclusions from them – during his lifetime as well as after his death.
Berman’s fusion of life and work is most evident in Semina, the collage magazine he published from 1955–1964. It seems obvious to study the nine issues of Semina whose re-print editions belong to the collection of the library of the Lyrik Kabinett in Munich, Germany.
A different approach offered the comprehensive exhibition Pacific Standard Time. Kunst in Los Angeles 1950–1980 at Martin-Gropius-Bau Berlin, Germany, by presenting artworks as well as memorabilia of Wallace Berman and promising the visitor a look behind the scenes.
In Bermania! Composing a Revival. I describe and discuss – on the basis of my research about Wallace Berman’s life and work – my observations of these two contrasting forms of presentation.
Resulting from these reflections I created my installation, which is composed of historical references and own art works. Furnishings from the 1950/60s and books from and about this era, about Berman’s environment and interests, fuse with image and text collages that consist of material from magazines and books from the 1950s–1970s.
Like a musical composition the perceivers are also the interpreters of this piece. They have the freedom – and the power – to decide for themselves how to handle and experience the given materials.
In relation to the observed presentations this revival, by being a newly created work of art, introduces an alternative way of showing and contemplating the complex “living work of art”, the work and life of Wallace Berman.
"Bermania! Composing a Revival." is in the collection of the library of the Lyrik Kabinett Munich.
Wie jeder Ausstellungsort und die Zeit, in der ein Werk entsteht, als auch in welcher es präsentiert wird, ihre eigene Stimmung und Atmosphäre einbringen, so fügt auch jeder Betrachter eine zusätzliche, zum Teil stark changierende, Stimmung dieser Komplexität hinzu. Dieses Konglomerat bildet die Mise-en-scène, die Inszenierung – aber auch die Wahrnehmung – von Kunst in ihrem Ausstellungskontext.
Herausgegeben von Angela Kaisers, Atalya Laufer, Mélanie Schneider.
Mit Texten von Michael Bahr, Hannah Gieseler, Tatiana Ilichenko, Vladimir Isailovic, Angela Kaisers, Atalya Laufer, Nora Mertes, Vincent Rebers, Francisco Rozas, Mélanie Schneider, Constanze Thielecke, Hristina Vancheva.
© Angela Kaisers 2018