Martin Pfeifle BAIBA

Description:
Battens, silver foil, fluorescent light, cable. Kunsthalle Mannheim, Hector Kunstpreis. Image © Martin Pfeifle. Used here by kind permission from the artist. All rights reserved.

Created:
2009

Martin Pfeifle BAIBA

Description:
Battens, silver foil, fluorescent light, cable. Kunsthalle Mannheim, Hector Kunstpreis. Image © Martin Pfeifle. Used here by kind permission from the artist. All rights reserved.

Created:
2009

Martin Pfeifle BAIBA

Description:
Battens, silver foil, fluorescent light, cable. Kunsthalle Mannheim, Hector Kunstpreis. Image © Martin Pfeifle. Used here by kind permission from the artist. All rights reserved.

Created:
2009

Martin Pfeifle BAIBA

Description:
Battens, silver foil, fluorescent light, cable. Kunsthalle Mannheim, Hector Kunstpreis. Image © Martin Pfeifle. Used here by kind permission from the artist. All rights reserved.

Created:
2009

Martin Pfeifle BAIBA

Description:
Battens, silver foil, fluorescent light, cable. Kunsthalle Mannheim, Hector Kunstpreis. Image © Martin Pfeifle. Used here by kind permission from the artist. All rights reserved.

Created:
2009

Martin Pfeifle BAIBA

Description:
Battens, silver foil, fluorescent light, cable. Kunsthalle Mannheim, Hector Kunstpreis. Image © Martin Pfeifle. Used here by kind permission from the artist. All rights reserved.

Created:
2009

Martin Pfeifle BAIBA

Description:
Battens, silver foil, fluorescent light, cable. Kunsthalle Mannheim, Hector Kunstpreis. Image © Martin Pfeifle. Used here by kind permission from the artist. All rights reserved.

Created:
2009

Martin Pfeifle BAIBA

Description:
Battens, silver foil, fluorescent light, cable. Kunsthalle Mannheim, Hector Kunstpreis. Image © Martin Pfeifle. Used here by kind permission from the artist. All rights reserved.

Created:
2009

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Martin Pfeifle´s works are cuts into space. Although they always relate to their location and are built «in situ», his settings exist nevertheless as self-referential sculptures.

No sooner has this discovery been articulated than the newly-erected or quoted three-dimensionality flattens out into an apparently two-dimensional surface as one walks around it, taking on the appearance of a site-specific painting. Even here, the paintings don´t stop for a breather, but layer themselves sandwich-like in a dialogue with other works by other colleagues and thus become accessible realms of discourse. Having said that, none of the neighbouring works relinquish their identity as a result, but rather the sum of the parts forms something greater, throwing the observer back upon his/her own devices. It is the position that the observers adopt, which permits the substance of Pfeifle´s spatial annexations to emerge and reemerge, at the same time, exemplifying the very impossibility of encompassing it «at one glance», to take it in as a whole. Pfeifle´s settings are glimpsed piece for piece and little by little. From this perspective, the relationship of the section one is viewing to the residual space is always larger than the relationship of the viewed section to the rest of the piece. Spacial dedications eventuate, which then merge the artistic lay-out with the surrounding host space in the sense of a reciprocal dynamization. In this way the observer experiences himself as part of a group of co-observers, but at the same time, is aware of his own unique, personal co-creation of the respective spatial images. This interpenetration of the anonymous observer´s individual space occurs without any didactic or explanatory intention; there isn´t supposed to be any content or message transmitted by the artistic setting.

This is an excerpt from a text on Martin Pfeifle written by Leni Hoffmann. You can read the rest of text here.

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