“DADDY, YOU CAN´T MAKE A CACTUS… THIS HAS BEEN DONE!”
Curated by Cato J. Dibelius
Artists: Seb Koberstädt, Michael Sailstorfer, Thomas Behling, Rodrigo Oliveira, Roman Lang, Martin Pfeifle, Djuneid Dulloo, Jakub Moravek, Kristof Kintera, Emanuel Fanslau, Daniel Man, Michael Zheng, Julien Berthier, Michel de Broin
At the age of ten, „Daddy YOU cant make a cactus...this has been done“ is Cato J. Dibelius’ first exhibition. For the show Cato has chosen 14 artists to exhibit, and has decided how to arrange the works in the space. Growing up in San Francisco, Munich and Berlin, Cato has visited over four hundred exhibitions with his father, the artist Robert Barta. Cato’s intense confrontation with art at young age is due to his artistic family background. He learned to look closely, remember and perceive details and link vivid associations to the art works.
Cato’s favorite works stimulate the senses: they are loud, they move, they smell, they are colorful, some you can even eat. He likes art works that are humorous, works in which the initial purpose of an object gives way to something else.
He is interested in works that reveal a process, in pieces that demonstrate technical precision and craftsmanship are favored. Decisions on how to display the works are based on their similarities and interrelationships. Colorful works are placed in a dialogue with one another: they converse and perhaps even compete with one another. Sound pieces are not isolated, but jostle with each other for prominence.
Children’s perception is more instinctive, associative and without expectations, essentially looking for size, form, color and mobility. Works are approached directly. Background and original purpose are not important; instead, decisions rely on intuitive judgments.
This exhibition is not a theoretical confrontation with art and artistic production, but rather one in which intuition determines the selection of works and their relationship to one another. From this starting point we can try to recall our own original perception, interests and preferences, and on this basis rethink our catalogue of criteria: how do we judge art? How did our taste change over the years? What are the similarities and differences in the perception of art between that of an adult and that of a ten-year-old child?