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Johann Arens | Apple and Pear

31/03/2012 - 19/05/2012

A cross-dissolve in film; a gradual transition from one image to another; never appears without reason. It is the melting and merging of two components of unlike nature; forcing a mismatching pair that you would not find together in any other way.

Originally built by the British Telecom as its South London headquarters, Erlang House today plays host to an art organisation. The on-site installation ‘Apple and Pear’ is a systematic and sculptural analysis of the mechanisms of this transformation. The past and the architecture of the location are superimposed with the unadorned re-appropriation of art.

Johann Arens (b.1981) was born in Aachen, Germany. After graduating from the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam in 2006, he has worked in Berlin during a 5-month residency by the Nipkow Program and received a one-year stipend by the Netherlands Foundation of Visual Arts. Lately he completed his MFA at Goldsmith, University of London.

Recent expositions include ‘New Contemporaries’ at the ICA London, ‘Deceptive Eye’ at the Institute of Continuation in Stockholm, and ‘No Soul For Sale’ Festival at Tate Modern in London. Amongst others he participated in ‘A useful-looking useless object’ at Sierra Metro in Edinburgh and ‘I’ll explain you everythiinnngggg’, Chert Berlin. His solo exhibition ‘Effect Rating’ in the Service Garage, Amsterdam is currently open.

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