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HORIZONTAL2

2015

Text by LUKAS ENGERT

„Der Himmel war hoch und strahlte heiter wie eine über jeden menschlichen Zweifel erhabene Idee. Von der Erde aus betrachtet erscheint der Himmel mitunter als reines Kondensat allen Daseins. Ebenso das Meer. Wenn man tagelang das Meer betrachtet, glaubt man, die Welt sei nichts als Meer.“

(aus „Hard-Boiled Wonderland und das Ende der Welt“ von Haruki Murakami)

A sensation of boundlessness can be felt when beholding the sky or the sea. But at the point where both dimensions converge, an often unclear and blurred line is formed – the horizon. The word horizon itself is based on the Ancient Greek word ὁρίζω (to limit).

In it’s meaning it denotes a fixed ending point. It is, however, no natural boundary, nothing manifest or universal, but a product of subjective perception.   Ὁρίζω stands for “prescribe” or “define”. Thus an explicitly activity-oriented moment is conveyed by this word.

In a figurative interpretation, for example in a landscape painting or in a photograph, a boundary between those two areas is defined and manifested. It is a process, centering the human being. The person as a subject is starting point for defining the horizon, pushed by the inner need for personal localization. This universal line separates an above and under, a light and dark, a visible and invisible in the picture. It suggests a spacial boundary, being in fact only one of uncountable possible lines, depending on the position and point of view of the beholder. Because even if the person is far above the sea level – a distinct boundary is not visible for the eye – s/he searches for this line as a point of orientation. It is totally neglected that the true horizon cannot be defined; however, every beholder finds his/her own one.

 

EXHIBITED AT

2016 Solo Show, Gallery Kapeller, Steyr, Austria
2015 within an affine space. concept sculpture installation., Zollamtstudios Offenbach am Main, Germany

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analogue black an white photography, UV-printed on aluminium, kinked, various sizes

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