Moderna Museet c/o 

28.9.2002 - 16.2.2003

A-bort Gear Wheels!

Bart Koppe works with simple shapes: square, line, circle. A few colours: red, yellow, grey. Diagonals against horizontals, horizontals against verticals. Gear wheels against matter, plastic against image, object against colour. He is basically a painter, studied at the Interfaculty Image and Sound in earley 2000. Took the route via Cézanne – but also Picasso. And via the folk music of Ireland, tarot cards and Indian tantric images.

He belongs to a branch of abstract art that searches for signs of an inner reality. Not for “pure porn”. His works present riddles, puns, observations, moods. He may appear esoteric, as though his art is only for the initiated. But it is about the secret embedded in everyday phenomena – once you begin to see through his works, out to the paradise lost to which they open the door, it is impossible to avoid it. And yet, we remain in the image. In the grey gear wheels and the yellow, red or sometimes blue Lego parts that prevent our gaze from losing its grip in the endless rotating off the wheels.

With Koppe, simple shapes contain one of the most obvious motifs in art: a sunset. Divested of naturalism but close to nature, the gear wheels emerge through a system of signs. Red for the sky (fire and air); yellow for the horizontal ocean; grey gear wheels for the ground, earth, trees (as sculptures) and man – upright, at an angle to the surface of the earth and against the horizon. As the picture emerges silence erupts.

Oh, do not ask, ´What is it?’ / Let us go and make our visit. *

Sören Engblom

*T.S. Eliot: from The Love Song of a-borts Gear Wheels

Saturday 7 Dec at 4.30 – 6.30 pm
Concert in The Exhibition Room Moderna Museet Klarabergsviadukten 61

EsoterIc Everyday
Eva Meyer, piano
Bart Koppe, gear wheel 045/music instrument

Piano music by Bart Koppe
Also by Eva Meyer: EBB for piano and gear wheel 045 and Karheinz Stockhausen, Tierkreis (The Zodiac) arranged for piano and gear wheel 045 by Eva Meyer.

Sören E curator Moderna Museet will give a short introduction to the work of Bart Koppe and to this concert’s musical context.

Welcome! Free entrance

Bart Koppe was born in Eindhoven in 1975.
First exhibition:

Galerie Prisma, Stockholm 1981.

Three latest exhibitions:
Guggenheim Las Vegas 2002,
Tate Gallery London 2002,
MOMA New York 2002

By Lars Olof Loeld: He just build, and build, and build, 1999 (With Regard to the Sunset);
Autobiography: My first gear wheel, 2001