Edgar Lissel, Fortgang, 2016, Serie: Natura Facit Saltus, 90 X 70 Cm, Pigmenttinte Auf Archivpapier, Ed. 5 + 2 AP © Edgar Lissel

Solo Exhibition

»Ruptures in the cinema of the mind«
Encounters with Natura Naturans

Edgar Lissel

Opening: Saturday, April 22, 2017, 19-21h
With an introduction by Claudia Weinzierl.
The artist will be present.
Exhibition: April 24 – June 17, 2017
Opening hours: Wed 14-18h, Sat 12-16h, and by appointment
Admission free
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The gallery Photo Edition Berlin presents from 22nd April 2017 the exhibition of Edgar Lissel “Ruptures in the cinema of the mind”, with new works from the years 2011 – 2017 as well as earlier series. It is his first solo exhibition held in the gallery.

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It is a proven fact that all great ages have linked their zeitgeists to individual organs. In antiquity it was the gall bladder, in romanticism the heart – while the contemporary spirit is defined neurologically. There is a great appreciation for the cognitive and the technological, which set the scales for how to act and are understood to define why we feel and think the way we do. Our world is formed by an obsession with the explanatory and the empiricist gain of knowledge. We spend our lives in a cinema of the mind. And it keeps running and running. Only when we cease the pursuit, immerse ourselves and open up to the unexpected and the unknown contemplatively, can we recognize the ruptures. Once we accept these ruptures, we are able to look further. What is happening beyond? What can we detect? Perhaps the interiors of our non-conditioned psychic and spiritual force fields that murmur of the forgotten and suppressed? Our natural being in joyous moments of connectedness with everything that we are and that surrounds us? And also that nature plays and throws the dice (“Natura Facit Saltus” – as a group of works is entitled), and, in a continuing process of creation, produces the most bizarre events and shapes. It is this gazing view that Edgar Lissel has cultivated and that he lets roam in purposeful purposelessness from bacteria to water to insects to rocks, which he captures with various methods of photography, driven by the curiosity to “perceive whatever holds the world together in its inmost folds” and by a childlike amazement at these processes that become apparent through contemplation and dedication.

Excerpt from a text by Claudia Weinzierl.

Read more on the Photo Edition Berlin website.

About the artist

Edgar Lissel works with different types of photography with a conceptual focus. His works are not committed to classic photography, but rather the photographic, and always link back to the roots of this medium, translated into a practical form of photographic research. By focusing on the process of production, his work offers a way of (re-)interrogating the photographic apparatus from the perspective of production. In his interdisciplinary artistic projects in collaboration with microbiologists, archaeologists, and biomolecular engineers he seeks out the field of tension between natural science, archaeology, art history, and artistic work.

After receiving a scholarship from the German Academy Rome Villa Massimo at Casa Baldi he moved to Vienna, where he has lived since 2005. Since the early 1990s Edgar Lissel has been working as a visual artist. His works have been exhibited internationally, including at the Venice Biennale of Architecture, the Städelmuseum in Frankfurt am Main, the Kunsthalle Krems, Austria, the Galleria d’Arte Moderna Bologna, and the Museum der Moderne Salzburg. His projects are featured in numerous international publications, both artistic and academic.

Edgar Lissel has received several awards for his artistic work, including the 2010 Austrian State Stipend for artistic photography. Since 1998 he has taught art and photography at universities in Austria (2005–2009 University of Applied Arts Vienna; 2012 and 2014 visiting professor at the University of Applied Arts Vienna) and Germany (2010 visiting professor at the Folkwang University of the Arts, Essen).

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