The Event of a Thread | Das Ereignis eines Fadens

Andreas Exner

Andreas Exner (b. 1962) lives and works in Frankfurt. After his training as a printer, he studied from 1988 to 1993 at the Städel School in Frankfurt. A painter and sculptor, he is the recipient of numerous fellowships and awards, including a DAAD residence award in Florence, a working award from the Stiftung Kunstfonds in 1996, and a 2003–2004 London studio fellowship from the Hessische Kulturstiftung. Since 2006, he has taught sculpture and spatial concepts at the Institute for Art Education at the Goethe University, Frankfurt. He has conducted seminars at, among other institutions, the École supérieure des arts décoratifs de Strasbourg (EADS) and Victorian College of the Arts (VCA) in Melbourne, Australia. In 2000, along with curator Zylvia Auerbach, he founded the edition KANN Verlag, which specializes in independent artistic publications.

Andreas Exner: Aldi-Vorhang (Aldi curtain), 1999, stitched fabric; photo: Uwe Walther, © (Andreas Exner) VG Bild-Kunst Bonn, 2017
Aldi-Vorhang (Aldi curtain), 1999, stitched fabric; photo: Uwe Walther, © (Andreas Exner) VG Bild-Kunst Bonn, 2017

A tricky stitching, based on a draft by concrete art painter and printmaker Günter Fruhtrunk. The term 'applied monochrome painting' seems almost inevitable. Pieces of fabric are here sewn together to form a large curtain: an Aldi curtain. Aldi, a leading German global discount supermarket chain, was founded in 1946 and came to stand for a post-war economy of desire and savings, an economy which in some respects marginalized local manufacturing as something worth striving for in everyday life. Andreas Exner uses simple devices to direct the eye towards everyday objects and designs. What is the social impact of formation? And how does the everyday enter into the use of forms and into design vocabulary?