On display in the Showroom of the Rüdiger Schöttle Gallery are the latest works of the American artist Patty Chang (*1972). Known for her performances, video pieces and films, in which she deals with such themes as identity, gender, sexuality and language, Patty Chang devotes this exhibition to the querying of the given physical, mental and emotional aspects of work and production. The exhibits include a new video installation, photographs and graphics. For her video installation, Patty Chang filmed people resting and sleeping at their workplaces, her intention being to explore not only the extent to which people are conditioned by the environment in which they work but also the reverse, that is to say, how our perception of the working environment is influenced by the people within it. The installation is accompanied by photographs of workers asleep. The exhibited graphics* are composed from words and phrases embossed in paper and thick applications of intermingling colour. The words evolved from a collaboration between Patty Chang and the poet Thomas Devaney. For a period of two weeks they wrote each other their recollections of their dreams shortly after waking up in the morning.
Patty Chang, born in San Francisco in 1972, lives and works in New York. In 2005, her film "Shangri-La" was shown as part of the "Three M Project" at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles, the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago. The Bowdoin College Museum of Arts, Brunswick, USA, honoured her with a solo exhibition in 2008.
* With the kind support of Marina Ancone, 10 Grand Press.