Sommer Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv
September 2 through October 16
13 Rothschild Blvd, Tel Aviv, Israel
T +972 3 5166400
www.sommergallery.com

Music is present everywhere in Gregor Hildebrandt's art. It serves both as concrete material for his sculpture and assemblage paintings, as well as the thematic umbrella that stretches over his oeuvres, setting the overall mood for this exhibition. The title, derived from a song by The Cure, touches on the melancholic and evasive qualities of Hildebrandt's art. From the very outset we are left to wonder about the terms "shapeless" and "dark" that both contradict the very essence of the art object, whose aim it is to materialize the subject-matter into form and substance. It is not surprising then that Hildebrandt's art does not give itself instantly to the viewer. Rather, the works unravel before our eyes, as we gradually identify the objet trouvé (the found object) in the form of LP records, cassette tapes and posters of movie stars, sensitively woven in Hildebrandt's works. Moving between fluid colour-field painting and more rigid minimalist compositions, a principle part of Hildebrandt's painting corpus is deeply grounded in the modernist tradition of abstraction. In other works, genre painting of portraiture and still-life is re-examined through various layers of illusion reflections (be it of mirror, glass or water). Together the works call our attention to their surface, consistently challenging our perception of both image and material, all the while instilling a sense of nostalgia to an era on the brink of disappearance. Born in 1974, the artist lives and works in Berlin.