Otto Boll

Otto Boll, Widening the Language

Axel Vervoordt Gallery is proud to present ‘Widening The Language', the third solo exhibition at the gallery by German artist Otto Boll. The exhibition is about finding words with, about and through the works of art, as a result of the interaction between viewer and creation. The exhibition includes Boll's various results of his creative thinking, with all his work radiating a tranquillity and harmony, discreetness and preciseness, and with characteristic forms that seem to hover in front of or above background and surface.
Boll invites the viewer into a sculptural event, the conception of solidity fading. The minimalist sensibility appeals to human feeling, the bodily sensation. Words try to develop between the heart and the brain, between perception and production. For the artist, language is a framework, “a constant companion" in the discourse of his work. But unlike the art historical narrative that characterises many other creations, Boll's words are not about the content of the work, but about its genesis, or the feeling that describes the visual idea. Language occupies a fundamental role in the sensations of the whole body, and is always present. It leads to reflections, not to interpretations. As Susan Sontag wrote in 1964: compulsive interpretation conforms and refuses to leave a work of art alone. It is precisely this tranquility, free of interpretation, that Boll's work refers to. In his eyes, interpretation is "something conserving, preserving in an existing order."

Artists: Otto Boll

Also happening at Otto Boll, Widening the Language