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Exhibition Patrick Vernon


Dec 4-16, 2013

A painting might be constructed 
from absence to presence, 
or erased from presence to absence; 
there is no way to be sure.

James Elkins 

A collection of works on paper by French artist Patrick Vernon (1958-1998) went on show at the ICI Berlin. Vernon’s artworks, mostly watercolour or pen and ink washes on paper, are a polysemic play with figures, colours, forms – and, their dissolution. The exhibition Unfinished focussed on Vernon's experimental and playful works, works-in-process involving partial objects, unfinished figures and the interaction of parts and the whole.

Flyer Exhibition (PDF)   

Date: 4 – 16 December 2013
Venue: ICI Berlin

Vernissage: Wednesday, 4 December 2013, 7 pm

The vernissage accompanied the ICI Library Event that explored the creative and menacing potential of the notion of unfinishedness, as part of ICI's focus on constituting wholes. While some works always remain unfinished despite the unending desire to complete them, others are abandoned unwillingly or explicitly declared unfinished (what in art is called the non finito). How does a writer, a researcher, an artist, or a musician know when a piece of work is finished? And what happens if one cannot finish?  

The exhibition Unfinished was curated by Claudia Peppel.

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