Axel Philipp’s Cars

We showed Axel Philipp’s sandpaper drawings in 2010’s “Come As You Are” show; now, a very different work by him – S KY 2000 – is part of the “Car Culture” exhibition at the ZKM, and I had the pleasure to write the text for the catalogue. The object itself – a vintage Mercedes cabriolet filled to the brim with oil – is conceptually as minimalist as it gets, but evokes a very quiet kind of visual magic through the infinite reflecting depth of the black fluid (also, metaphors abound). A second work by Axel could unfortunately not be included in the exhibition, but can be seen on the website along with my text.

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