Sephen Dillemuth | the artist
The artist Sephen Dillemuth
Born 1954, Budingen, Germany.
Lives and works in Bad Wiessee und München, .
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Stephan Dillemuth & Nils Norman
Looking around Londons galleries in September, there was a noticeable lack of projects dealing with any direct form of political subject matter, and, with this in mind, Stephan Dillemuth and Nils Normans project at Vilma Gold stuck out like a proverbial sore thumb. Their collaborative project, A Mysterious Thing (2007) a small grotto-like installation that addressed the current nature of the art market and its relationship to the wider economy was on view at one end of the gallery. This was accompanied by a group exhibition that the pair had organized based on the late dealer Colin De Lands seminal New York gallery; American Fine Arts Co. Ltd., which was active between 1988 and 2004 and where both Norman and Dillemuth had exhibited work…
I'm Short Your House
Stephan Dillemuth sees art and artistic research as tools for a critical reflection on the circumstances of contemporary life. His installation for Manifesta 8 is a cage made from plaster, with the help of students from the art academy in Murcia. It suggests two readings. Firstly it is the refuge of the hermit in his deliberate withdrawal from the world as purgatory or as a place for contemplation. Secondly, it represents problems of freedom, including access to knowledge or territories, as a direct consequence of the politics of privatisation or the regimes of surveillance. A video projected inside the cage shows a conversation between an artist and a prisoner, a dialogue about research, knowledge, economy and the responsibility of artists within the context of a cultural commodity…
Stephan Dillemuth interview
It changed a lot from the first idea … I wanted to have the back gallery empty and just one laser beam to draw an oriental pattern on the wall; I imagined a ray of light to draw a beautiful gate(through which to access the future?). However, this turned into a 7.5×2.9 m picture, which is a drawing (actually a frottage) of the gate of the gallery, an iron curtain that is usually rolled down to secure the space at night. Now the space is sandwiched between those gates/ curtains. Either the "real" or the "artistic" gate keeps you away from the experience of the real art. Of course, in my version, this means that the "real" art lies behind the gate and that the show is just the contemporary gallery stuff …