Daniel Gustav Cramer – Objects / Galeria Vera Cortês
Daniel Gustav Cramer – Objects
Sep 21 – Nov 4, 2023
Galeria Vera Cortês
Lisbon, Portugal

In 2009, Daniel Gustav Cramer installed an exhibition in the former space of the gallery. Framed by two found photographs, a small sculpture was placed on the floor. A cast iron sphere hanging from a metal tripod, titled I. A year later, at Samsa in Berlin, a second sculpture, named II, was exhibited. Since then, a growing number of objects – found, produced by local artisans or made by himself – have become elements in his ongoing series of installations – alongside book works, photographs, texts and films. Their presence has always been subtle; objects that belong to the exhibitions as much as to the space they are shown in; physical notations left by the artist.

With each new object, Cramer confirms and questions the principles of the series, their objecthood and ontology. The works seem to linger at the threshold that separates things from works of art – not fitting in either of these two realms – simultaneously inhabiting both. They are composed of two elements: a material presence and a written document that gives account of the specific properties.

Several objects were never meant to be exhibited. LXV (2021) is a wooden, slightly deformed sphere that travelled with the help of two friends on a five month journey around the globe, only to return to the artists home thereafter. This performative act, carried out by vessels crossing oceans, postmen in Germany, Australia and the US, completed the work. The sphere today remains as artefact and evidence of this event. To install XXXII (2015), a small cast iron sphere needs to be buried beneath the ground, withdrawing itself from the possibility of being present. LIII (2019) claims to be a copy of XIII (2012), existing as its Doppelgänger. LIV (2020) takes on the name of its surrounding, a chameleon. It might be called Hand for as long as it is held, or named Shelf, Storage, and so on. LXXXII (2022) solely exists as its own number – it has no other form or representation.

For the exhibition, the two-part publication has been produced.

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