Behind My Back, in Front of My Eyes
25 September - 20 November
Perrotin Hong Kong presents German artist Gregor Hildebrandt’s latest exhibition Behind My Back, in Front of My Eyes, marking his second solo show in the city. Hildebrandt is known for his innovative artworks using repetition for their collage structure and cassette tape as their medium.
Central to the exhibition are new works from Hildebrandt’s emblematic “rip-off” paintings, which consist of collages of pre-recorded audio or VHS tapes. The black-and-white statement piece Crystal bits of snowflakes, stands in the foyer of the gallery as an introduction to the entrance of each of the two rooms. Inspired by a napkin Hildebrandt saw when dining in a local restaurant in Japan and the song Big in Japan by German synth-pop band Alphaville from the 1980s, the diptych-structured painting playfully develops from the ying and yang composition of the motif, a symmetric situation that resonates with parallel universes.
A series of black-and-white rip-off paintings installed on each side of the gallery rooms’ common wall, forming a mirror-like situation, constitute a conceptual spine of the exhibition. Surrounding it, new colour rip-off paintings created using a new technique are presented for the first time. Drawing inspiration from “secret paintings” for children, Hildebrandt metaphorically improvises his impressions of the films dubbed on the VHS tapes with the manipulation of different colours on each painting.
Image caption: Gregor Hildebrandt, Crystal bits of snowflakes, 2021. Audiotape, adhesive tape, acrylic on canvas, 49 x 49 cm | 19 5/16 x 19 5/16 inch. Courtesy of the artist and Perrotin.