"We are tired of trees. We should stop believing in trees, roots and radicles. Theyʼve made us suffer too much. To be rhizomorphous is to produce stems and filaments that seem to be roots, or better yet connect with them by penetrating the trunk, but put them to new uses."
From: Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari, A Thousand Plateaus, University of Minnesota Press 1993
Dennis Feddersen’s sculptures continually grow. They extend and pervade space – in a variety of styles, but always as a massive presence. They appear to resemble a cancer, growing in a way one can sense and that threatens to leave one choked and suffocated. Initially, though, they nestle up against buildings or landscapes as if, like some parasite, they are still dependent upon their host. And as long as they do so, the anarchic aggression in these rhizome-like shapes is checked, and the feelings of fear, powerless and repulsion they create remains subtly diffuse. Feddersen creates flexible sculptural elements from PVC or composite wood, for example, building them into vast organic shapes to match the location. The resulting sculptures are fluid and adaptable, even intelligent, redefining the space around them; they are inscribed with a performative aspect, appearing to be filled with life, as though they had taken on a concrete form as elements from artificial worlds.
Feddersen has developed his work “Gentle Civilizer” for Rohkunstbau. The sculpture twists and turns across the room, extending and extensive, taking over everything it comes across: chairs, tables, desks, chests of drawers. This uncanny, elusive dark being is imbued by concepts of creation and destruction. In Feddersen’s view, this cluster-like, open system stands both as a metaphor for the pluralistic, battered structures in present-day Europe and integrates Atlantis-style theories on the rise and fall of civilisations.
Selected Solo Exhibitions
2009 Dennis Feddersen/parasite #16, Kunstkammer, Georg Kolbe Museum, Berlin, Germany
2007 Volume I, Gallery Koal, Berlin, Germany
Selected Group Exhibitons
2009 Haus kaputt/Haus heile, Kunstverein Springhornhof, Neuenkirchen, Germany
2009 SCULPT-O-MANIA, Neue Skulptur aus Deutschland, Stadtgalerie Kiel, Germany
2008 Was ist das ’08, Loft 19, Suzanne Tarasiève Gallery, Paris, France
2008 +10/2008, Columbus Art Foundation, Baumwollspinnerei, Leipzig, Germany
2008 Inkonstruktion III, ART Biesenthal 2008, Biesenthal, Germany
2004 Yellow Pages (Team 404), Musee d´art moderne et contemporain MAMCO, Geneva, Switzerland