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The title given by the artist Alastair MacKinven to his first exhibition at the Rüdiger Schöttle Gallery is "Abstract Capitalist Realism". The nucleus of the exhibition will be a series of silk screen prints showing the patterns familiar to us from the opaquely patterned insides of envelopes from banks and commercial companies: the enlarged, closely meshed ornaments – otherwise serving for data protection – are here combined with flame patterns and rows of numerals to form abstract images.

"As the realism part of the title implies, I am making POP paintings that are not only abstract patterns but also relate to very real elemental forces: gas for heat – water – payment for the roof over my head. Undeniable realism.As the economy has altered over the last year, the abstract nature of money and value has become apparent to the wider world, somewhat of a paradox, an abstract realism."Alastair MacKinven

On the evening of the opening of the exhibition, the artist will make the daring attempt, with the aid of his installation "The Exorcism of the Spirit – Terrestrial Survivalism", to turn twelve bottles of consecrated wine into clear water.Alastair MacKinven's oeuvre comprises painting, installations, performance and video art. He was born in Clatterbridge in 1971 and lives and works in London.

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DESIGN FOR AN ABSTRACT CURRENCY, 2009
Papiercollage
46 x 31 cm
BREAK DOWN, 2009
Metall, Farbe
Ø 3,20 cm
DESIGN FOR TRANSPARENT CURRENCY, 2009
Papiercollage
36 x 28 cm
DARK SIDE OF THE WALL, 2009
Öl, Acryl, Siebdruck auf Leinwand
220 x 160 cm
IOU CONTENT, 2009
Öl, Acryl, Siebdruck auf Leinwand
220 x 160 cm
THE STRUGGLE IS MY LIFE, 2009
Öl, Acryl, Siebdruck auf Leinwand
110 x 80 cm
WHEN WANTS BECOME NEEDS, 2009
Öl, Acryl, Siebdruck auf Papier
125 x 100 cm

WHEN WANTS BECOME NEEDS TWO, 2009
Öl, Acryl, Siebdruck auf Papier
125 x 100 cm
Raumansicht | Installation view
Raumansicht | Installation view
Alastair MacKinvenABSTRACT CAPITALIST REALISM - dark side of the wall03.07.2009 – 01.08.2009
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