THOMAS LOCHER. inside/outside/, outside/inside. 13.11.2020 – 05.03.2021 

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Galerie Reinhard Hauff is pleased to present inside/outside, outside/inside, the eighth solo show by the Berlin artist Thomas Locher (*1956).

The hanging is not complete. The panels can always be repositioned in the picture space. They are attached. Their meaning is attached.

The Subject acquires its own form, but never passively – it forms that which forms it (Catherine Malabou, Philosophie Magazin 01/2015, p. 70.)


Rags are textile raw material and a political category of cast-offs. Brecht uses the reference to rags as a disruption of bourgeois theatre.

Bricks are combination of stones, which function through their composition as wall or building. Their haptics result from the fabric, the pattern, the texture.

And there is a charge, a very large charge,
For a word or a touch
Or a bit of blood

(Lady Lazarus (Ariel), Sylvia Plath, 1962)

The frame is border and edge. It differentiates between inside and outside, between above and below, between sides, depths and time. And asks me: What defines this limit, for me and for others?

The grid's mythic power is that it makes us able to think we are dealing with materialism (or sometimes science, or logic) while at the same time it provides us with a release into belief (or illusion, or fiction). The work of Reinhardt or Agnes Martin would be instances of this power. And one of the important sources of this power is the way the grid is, as I said before, so stridently modern to look at, seeming to have left no place of refuge, no room on the face of it, for vestiges of the nineteenth century to hide (Rosalind Krauss, Grids, October, Vol. 9, Summer, 1979, p. 50-64.)

Thomas Locher (*1956 in Munderkingen, Germany) lives and works in Berlin, Germany. He is an artist and since 2017 Rector of the Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst, Leipzig. His text image compoositions and the expansive wall works, frames and Installations belong to an artistic practice of Deconstruction and Conceptualism, particularly Neo-Conceptualism and Context Art and are explicitly to be understood as contributions to a more comprehensive understanding of institutional critique. In particular there are works about Fundamental Rights as treated in the Constitution or the Human Rights Conventions, on questions relating to the public sphere, exchange and gifts as well as collective community and grammatical order. Supplements, the use of supplementary, broadening and subverting additions and language, on the one hand, point to the impossibility and possibility of representation. On the other hand, the montages insist on a state of incompleteness. Thomas Lochers works have been exhibited worldwide in numerous institutions and are represented in public and private museums such as the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam, the Bayerischen Staatsgemäldesammlung, Munich, the Staatsgalerie Stuttgart, the Kunstmuseum Stuttgart or the mumok, Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig, Vienna. Current exhibition projects include among others "Homo Oeconomicus", Secession Wien (2013), "Post-Information", Silberkuppe Berlin (2015) and "To expose, to show, to demonstrate, to inform, to offer – Künstlerische Praktiken um 1990", mumok Vienna (2015). Locher has taught at national and international art academies, technical colleges and universities such as the Merz Akademie Stuttgart, the Zeppelin-Universität and Technische Universität Vienna, and he was Professor at the Royal Danish Art Academy in Copenhagen from 2008 to 2016 (text: Thomas Locher, translation to English: Elisabeth Hauff.)

We cordially invite you to the soft opening on
Friday, November 13th, 2020 from 2 to 9 pm.