120 days of sodom + the complaints of art

Clemens Weiss

Jun 09 – Jul 13, 2007

Clemens Weiss

120 days of sodom (detail), 2006

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Clemens Weiss, a New York based artist who also works in Germany, will exhibit recent drawings and objects based on the Marquis de Sade’s famous novel, 120 Days of Sodom, and an early medieval poem, The Complaint of Art, which personifies qualities of courtly behavior. Weiss, whose art reflects his theoretical concerns, has developed a distinctive oeuvre which includes the integration of text fragments and drawings with sexual imagery, the accumulation and profusion of objects, and constructions fabricated from industrial glass that both reveal and block access to information. In his new work, Weiss transforms these two works of literature into visual equivalencies that obliquely take as their subject matter philosophical questions relating to morality, the relationship of civilization to nature, and the existence of evil and perversion versus man’s virtuous aspirations.

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