Exhibition catalogue (15.10. – 19.11. 2004, Museum für Abgüsse Klassischer Bildwerke, München; 05. 02. – 26. 02. 2004, Abguss-Sammlung Antiker Plastik, Berlin). Essays by Luca Giuliani and Quddus Mirza. Photos: Felix Krebs.
In the exhibition Lovedolls video artist Sophie Ernst confronted ‘classic art’ with media technology. Since the classicism of the 18th and 19th centuries, the white, antique statues of a humanistically educated and classicist oriented audience were above all the epitome of moderation and beauty. Today many people find this ideal of beauty and measure pale, lifeless, and dusty. It seems that the time has come to look at the familiar incunabula with new eyes. Sophie Ernst uses the casts of ancient statues as a projection screens for videos. The sculptures are carefully explored; they are never a neutral background, but are taken seriously in their independent meanings. That is why the works of Sophie Ernst open our eyes to something that could be contained in the ancient statues themselves. The statues, after exposing themselves to the flickering of the videos, will indeed be viewed with a new and sharpened gaze.