Delmes & Zander, Cologne + Berlin & Galerie Guido W. Baudach, Berlin
Sacred Atomic Systems & Advances in Psychophysics:
Adelhyd van Bender, Thomas Zipp
Art Cologne, April 14 – 17, 2016
Hall 11.3 | Booth A 18
Adelhyd van Bender, "untitled", 1999-2014, mixed media
on paper, 42 x 30 cm. Courtesy of Delmes & Zander.
Point of departure for the collaborative project between Delmes & Zander and Galerie Guido W. Baudach are two publications central to the oeuvre of both artists featured: Advances in Psychophysics by H.G. Geissler and Yu. M. Zabrodin (1976) has been pivotal in Thomas Zipp's long-term investigations into the scientific fields of perception, mathematics and the subconscious. Mankind's Search for God (1990) by the Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society is an elemental piece of writing at the core of Adelhyd van Bender's work, triggering and legitimizing his lifetime endeavour of breaking down the world into mathematical formulae.
Despite the two distinct formal approaches in the bodies of work or even the differences in biography, the exhibition Sacred Atomic Systems & Advances in Psychophysics underscores the unexpected proximity between Zipp and Bender and accentuates the lingering presentiment that both artists are somehow united in the same imperative mission on the crossroads between science, religion and philosophy. A similarly systematic approach in the treatment of knowledge, the belief in the methodology of science and the association between the spiritual and the mechanical lend the project both a clinical and slightly uncanny note, as if the attempt of translating the phenomena of everyday life into a logical and cohesive scientific superstructure has gone somewhat ad absurdum.