Jan Timme

Drafts of functional unit

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Jan Timme, Spiral Staircase, 2009.

Editions

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Jan Timme, Option A, 2009.

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Jan Timme, Option B, 2009.

Info

With a judicious dash of humour, Timme transposes the inhospitability of 1960s brutalist architecture – such as, for example, that of a multi-storey car park in the Ruhr area – into the Romantic setting of a German forest. Legend has it that Goethe wrote his famous “O’er all the hill-tops” in pencil on the wall of the gamekeeper’s cabin on the Kickelhahn near Ilmenau on the evening of 6 September 1780. The generic materials of Jan Timme’s Spiral Staircase (2009), a spiral staircase that might have come straight out of the ubiquitously hellish catalogues of home improvement centres, invites visitors to ascend to greater heights. After all:
O’er all the hill-tops
Is quiet now,
In all the tree-tops
Hearest thou
Hardly a breath;
Really?

About the artist

Born in 1971 in Stuttgart, lives and works in Berlin
Jan Timme’s installations, photos, objects, and ready-mades often bear a close relationship with the spaces into which they are placed while at the same time referencing questions in art theory and incorporating musical and cinematographic references. Timme’s visual language is closely related to concept art. Observers explore his works through a combination of movement, point of view, and contextual knowledge, thus becoming the producers of their own aesthetic experience and creating an interpretive network.


 

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