Eddie Blake

Blake’s work examines post wall Berlin, where history has rendered contemporary culture stuck or consumed by it self. His prints are generated by an image of a modern Berliner modeling a GDR uniform, part of a contemporary trend of ‘ostalgia’ nostalgia for the east. The image prized from its historical context conceals an unhistorical traumatic kernel, twenty years after the fall of the Berlin wall ‘die mauer in der kopf’ (the wall in the head) still stands. The image of the uniform undergoes various treatments, often submerged into vast and infinite patterns, relinquishing meaning in order to submit to an aesthetic hierarchy. Forgoing a tension between what is initially apparent as decoration and what is subsequently revealed as dictation. The universal and the individual is in operation in the work oscillating between moments of aesthetic kitsch and quasi-spiritual proposition of the infinite.

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