FLORIAN SLOTAWA

Selected Works
Apr 09 – May 28 2016
von Bartha, Basel

Installation view, 2016 von Bartha, Basel
Honda BG28P (Tahitian Green), 2016 Car paint laquer on wood and metal, standard lamp 156 x 55 x 38 cm
BMW A13 (Atlantic Blue), Toyota 4X0 (Inferno Orange), 2016 Metal bucks, car paint laquer Dimensions variable
Renault 901 (Vert Vertigo), 2016 Car paint laquer on metal, tray 53 x 78 x 4 cm
Audi LY3J (Brilliantrot), 2016 Acrylic on wood, car paint laquer on aluminium 42,0 x 74,0 x 4,7 cm
Toyota 802 (Light Blue Metalic), 2016 Car paint laquer on charging cable, receptacle 105 x 13 x 13 cm
VW LD3X (Trend Blue), 2016 Car paint laquer on metal, plastic baskets 43,8 x 126 x 13 cm
Fiat 258A (Giallo Modena), 2016 Car paint laquer on wood and aluminium 66,5 x 36,0 x 5,8 cm
Toyota 3Q3 (Dark Red), 2016 Pen, car paint laquer on wood 81,5 x 9,0 x 5,5 cm
Mazda 36A (Spirited Green), 2016 Necklace, goggles, car paint laquer on plastic 38,5 x 13,0 x 5,0 cm
Renault 443 (Turquoise), 2016 Car paint laquer on metal, necklaces 33 x 67 x 5,5 cm
VW H3E (Oxidrot), 2016 Car paint laquer on metal (3 boards) 59,5 x 141 x 6 cm
Chrysler AB5 (Electric Blue), 2016 Car paint laquer on metal, paint tin 31 x 19 x 6,8 cm
VW LA2Y (Tropic Orange), 2016 Car paint laquer on metal, paint tin 31 x 16 x 7,8 cm
Suzuki Z6B (Reddish Silver), 2016 Car paint laquer on metal and wood, tapes 65 x 33 x 33 cm
Installation view, 2016 von Bartha, Basel
Installation view, 2016 von Bartha, Basel
Installation view, 2016 von Bartha, Basel

In his second exhibition at von Bartha, the conceptual artist Florian Slotawa presents a selection of new worksin which he pairs objects painted in car paint lacquers with readymade objects in matching or complementary colours.

Slotawa has recently become preoccupied with found colour, in particular those he observes on cars on the streets of Berlin. Rather than attempting to recreate a shade he dedicates himself to finding the specific colourby noting the car type, taking pictures and if possible researching the vintage of the car. He then has the exactcolour mixed by an expert car varnisher which he paints onto aluminium panels and found objects, which come together as sculpture and wall works. Exhibiting two objects side by side, in the same or corresponding tone, the strength of the colour creates a synergy between the components and lends the finished piece a painterly quality.

The accompanying readymade objects which Slotawa pairs the painted panels with are also found by chance. For example in one work, Volkswagen C6T (Jadegrün met.) (2015) the colour of a plastic pair of safety goggles in Slotawas studio happened to be a close match to the jade green the artist selected from a Volkswagen C6T parked outside.

The new works in the von Bartha exhibition are a continuation of Slotawa’s fascination with found objects and the shift in their meanings when the objects are placed in different contexts such as moving them from an everyday environment into a gallery space. Through this shift from the private to the public sphere, he explores how the process of displacement not only re-purposes items, but alters the perception of the space in which they are displayed.

Slotawa has been using his own possessions as the basis of his work for most of his career. In his early years he worked almost exclusively with his personal belongings. The artist’s furniture, car, fridge and clothes have all appeared in his works. In 2002, this practice was temporarily abandoned when Slotawa – in a performative act – sold all of his belongings to a German collector. The works in this exhibition demonstrate his ongoing interest in assembly, which has been evident throughout his career with the deconstruction and re-modellingof his possessions.