Marc Aldinger – still-living

The work `still-living´ considers the aesthetics and meaning of objects unnoticed in urban space in our disposable culture – still lifes. The objects have been photographed on the streets of Berlin. Objects of our every day culture like colorful drink cans, scrunched and driven over, take away cups crumpled, leftover food careless scrapped.
Still life in the European art tradition is about lifeless and motionless objects. The choice of objects was substantial (often symbolic) and an aesthetic issue. The concern of the painters was on one hand to conceive the objects of nature and everyday life and at the same time to communicate an encoded message.

The issue of still life works in Baroque was the wealth of individuals, of aristocrats and the rich bourgeois. Beside the opulence impermanence was a central aspect in still life works. The opulence was shown by realistic and sumptuous embodiment of grapes, apples, the decoration with flowers, food in abundance and wine in beautiful wineglasses. This display of opulence was sometimes combined with signs of impermanence like dead animals, skulls or a candle.

The work `still-living´ is a contemporary interpretation of the classical still life. It´s not about the richness of individuals. It´s about the richness of our society.The theme of vanitas plays a central role. In the centre of the work is a dead pigeon – as a sign of impermanence of worldly life. Their wings are widly spread. It´s lying on the asphalt. You can see it´s featherfin plumage in all their nuances of colours – beautiful and impermanent.
The whole scenerie is contemplated by a creature in a golden yellow fur – looking through a glas vitrine on still-living.






Dear partners, supporters, friends and lovers,

due to the COVID-19 Virus our little ETF! office in Berlin remains closed and we are working from home.

As many fellow artists, creatives and freelancers this Corona crisis has hit us hard.
We had hoped to send out a newsletter this spring informing you all about our 19th venue in Lisbon, which was supposed to open in Carpintarias São Lázaro on the 19th of June 2020.
Now, with all the cancellations and the shut down of cultural life we hope to postpone and for EXAMPLES TO FOLLOW! to still be part of the program of Lisboa Green Capital 2020.
We will keep you posted.

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