Magazine article Artforum International

Daniel Knorr Galerie Nachst St. Stephan Rosemarie Schwarzwalder

Magazine article Artforum International

Daniel Knorr Galerie Nachst St. Stephan Rosemarie Schwarzwalder

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In his recent exhibition "Lunarium," Daniel Knorr presented works (all 2014-, although some belong to series begun earlier) that translate various readings of urban space into the gallery sphere. The series "Berlin Wall," 2014-, and "Depression Elevation," 2013-, might be described as transformations of metropolitan action scenes into imagery and objects. In "Block," 2009, and Lunarium (the latter is the first and so far only work in a new eponymous series begun this year), Knorr experiments with performative theatrics that involve viewers in the process of visualization.

Luharium was set up in a small store next door to the gallery that faces a narrow and not very busy side street. Its facade and windowless interior were covered with black duvetyn, a light-absorbing fabric. Outside, black letters advertised a LUNARIUM, suggesting, perhaps, the nocturnal counterpart of a solarium or tanning salon. In any case, the name implies pallor, an absence of light, the diffusion of contours into shadowy indistinction. What Knorr offered here was a space unencumbered by any definite purpose, as emphasized by the hours of operation: The site was accessible four nights a week from midnight to 5 AM. At night, the installation looked like a blank, a rectangular gap cut into the row of buildings. The half-open door, which seemed to lead nowhere, appeared sinister but also held a strangely magical appeal. Yet Knorr's project was not designed to dazzle: He intended it as a place of undefined chance encounters beyond the confines of workaday consciousrless. A tew art naneurs came, out the project was primarily animated by chance passersby. Knorr himself was on-site nightly for the full six weeks the installation was on display. There was no script, no performance, strictly speaking--only a light-less and empty place in the deep, dark night and the opportunity to talk to the artist. …

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