Campbell Works is delighted to present the first solo exhibition in London of recent works by Berlin based artist Burchard Vossmann.
Vossmann’s artistic practice employs the roles of collector, archivist and researcher of everyday ephemera, who, for over 30 years, has been collating the objects that the rest of us thrown away. From matchbox’s, tickets, lighters, cigarette packets, bottle tops to sweet wrappers, their primary use over, these discarded items become in the hands of the artist re-imagined graphic components in the ever-expanding universe of his new visual lexicon.
Through the late 80’s and 90’s Vossmann walked the streets of dozens of global cities including London, Berlin, Moscow, Hanoi, Hong Kong, Los Angeles and Beijing, scouring the pavements for new materials. To accompany him on one of his ‘City Walks ‘ was not only an education in the transience of civilization, but also to see the world through his ‘magpie’ eyes engendered a deep respect for the rarefied aesthetics of the gutter.
Vossmann creates highly structured artworks that synthesize the elements into works that hint towards their tangible origins and histories. In his working process Vossmann has utilized the office shredder to shred a huge range of materials from thousands of pounds worth of de regulated German deutschmarks, newspapers, magazines to British postage stamps including hundreds of Penny Blacks. This finely shredded material is then painstaking glued back together in new ‘mis-registered’ aligned panels creating exquisite tapestries of colour. However, the abstract quality of his work conceals Vossmann’s deeper fascination, that of the subtext of ‘power systems’ at play within simple disposable objects such as packaging, tickets, stamps, etc. His work seeks to expose these relationships and our attachment and unconscious understandings of these systems through a reduction of the material to a purely formal aspect, the works drawing us in by their inherent aesthetic aspects.