Ester Fleckner Slow Tools Eröffnung en

Opening Night with an introduction by Heinrich Dietz
Fri, 15 Sept 2023, 7 pm

How can pictorial abstraction be used as a tool for queer ways of knowing, for queer politics? Ester Fleckner mostly works in serial woodcuts. Through this timeconsuming technique, in the physical confrontation with the printing block, Fleckner enters into processes that are characterised by unpredictability, errors, and loss of control. Instead of following a linear, result-oriented approach, Fleckner works with repetitions, revisions and transgressions.

In their exhibition Slow Tools, Fleckner presents earlier works including sculptures together with new printworks in the ongoing series Woodbeds, brimming. Whilst geometry describes bodies and spaces with mathematical precision, Fleckner cuts and molds simple geometric shapes allowing moods, rhythms and collisions to emerge. In Woodbeds, brimming composititions are formatted like texts or coding into lines that stagger, vibrate and layer – some characters even fall outside the frame. Fleckner’s alternative language of shapes indexes bodies, spaces and distances, while engaging in a dialogue with conventional language systems, as an invitation to read, write, think and feel differently. Fleckner suggests that the prints can be thought of as text portraits. Poems. And beds.

Admission free.

The exhibition is supported by:

Grosserer L. F. Foghts Fond 

Image: Ester Fleckner, Woodbeds, brimming (soon), 2023, (Detail), Photo: Marc Doradzillo. Courtesy the artist and Galerie Barbara Wien, Berlin.