Section J/N Neo-functionalism: lamps

In the course of the twentieth century, the relationship between object and pictorial worlds and the relationship of popular culture and art were redefined. Opposite poles form the subsequent abstraction, the banning of objects from the picture and the readymades, which are the introduction of the real object as sculpture. Contemporary artists work primarily in neo-functionalist contexts. All of the following confront design concepts and base their works on use-objects: Bigert + Bergström, Julien Berthier, Ecke Bonk, Victoria Coeln, Koenraad Dedobbeleer, Jürgen Drescher, Tracey Emin, Berta Fischer, Ceal Floyer, Werner Haypeter, Noritoshi Hirakawa, Jon Kessler, Dieter Jung, Stefan Kern, Reinhard Mucha, Dieter Krieg, Benita Liebel, Alexander Lieck, Isa Melsheimer, Mathieu Mercier, Simon D. Møller, Christian Müller, Tony Oursler, Jorge Pardo, Hermann Pitz, Riccardo Previdi, Tobias Rehberger, Anselm Reyle, Daniel Roth, Jessica Shaw, Simon Starling, Katja Strunz, Rosemarie Trockel, Shugang Wang, Pae White, Manfred Wolff-Plottegg, Penny Hes Yassour, Joseph Zehrer, Chen Zehn and Heimo Zobernig. Functional, everyday objects such as lamps, furniture and interiors are artistically recoded. Sculptural-object art arises in the undefined space between architecture, design and art. Border realms of advertising and fashion / lifestyle are worked to an extreme, taking the aestheticizing of everyday life as a theme. The relationship to functionality or design is thus interpreted affirmatively, provocatively and critically. Moving in this peripheral realm with their lamp objects are artists such as Sylvie Fleury, Jeppe Hein, Jon Kessler, and Johannes Wohnseifer. Deconstructivist approaches can be found in works by John M Armleder, Tue Greenfort, and Franz West. Martin Kippenberger's work with mirrors, shelves and lamps are exemplary for a series of artists who use light to defamiliarize everyday objects. Stephan Huber constructs an illuminated tower of chairs (Lenins flammende Rede zur Elektrifizierung, [Lenin's Flaming Speech on Electrification], 1984); Sarah Lucas exhibits a sofa with lamps and a cushion, penetrated by a rod of light.