In the shadow of the moon 2018

The point of reference for the work is a classic of German literature. “Anton Reiser”, written by Karl Philip Moritz in the late 18th century. It is the (almost) autobiographical story from the narrator’s childhood. As an unloved son, he is deported to a boarding school in a foreign city and goes through torturous years there. Although written a long time ago, the book is spectacularly topical. Because it unfolds a level of sadness that is unparalleled and which the reader inevitably projects onto his own youth experiences. The ambitious plans nurtured by the adolescent have fizzled out, his dreams have all been shattered, and a deep unconscious feeling grips the young Anton Reiser: he, who has made such extreme efforts to find a secure place in life, who has tried to overcome inner and outer crises, now realizes that he has merely gone around in circles, that in the end he has not reached his goal. The densely captured mood of the hero of the novel is transported as installation.

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Michael Gatzke



2018 Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.)
2014 Art studies Alanus University, Alfter (Bonn/Germany)

Exhibitions (selection)

2019 Art association Frechen, Germany
2019 Green Hill Gallery, Berlin, Germany
2019 ortung 11., Kunstbienale Schwabach, Germany
2019 Art association Traunstein, Germany
2019 Artist’s house Hawerkamp 31 e.V, Münster, Germany
2019 Independent artists Busto Garolfo (Milano), Italy
2019 Gallery Tuur, Venlo, Holland
2019 Trestle Gallery, New York, US
2018 Gallery ARTroom, Düsseldorf, Germany
2018 Palazzo Ca’ Zanardi, Venice, Italy
2018 MC Gallery, New York
2018 JanKossen Gallery, New York/Basel, US/Switzerland
2018 Gonzo Unit Thessaloniki, Greece
2018 The Old Biscuit Factory London, UK
2018 CICA Museum South Corea
2018 Art Room Gallery (Online Gallery)

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