Therefore, it is only consistent that in For every thing that is shown, some thing is hidden he plays with the expectations attached to an exhibition in general and to a painting exhibition in particular. For although exhibiting also means showing at the same time, he also redeems what is already implied in the title.
Through installative interventions, one increasingly gets the feeling of standing in a three-dimensional version of the paintings. Inevitably, in these expansive ensembles, one becomes the restless trouser legs, magpies and ravens that populate Jan Zöller’s paintings. This goes hand in hand with the fact that the exhibition is also a stage set for a play that he is currently developing with his childhood friend Felix Baumann. The installation of the exhibition is already the first act of the collaboration and serves to test how elements of the visual and performing arts can be combined and enter into an exchange.
For every thing that is shown, some thing is hidden is thus not a conventional painting exhibition in which the viewers are sprinkled by images. Rather, they must work their way through the exhibition to open it up, to discover it and to find what they were possibly (not) looking for. They are rewarded with a kind of projection screen that allows to reflect, from a certain distance, on our own existence, what we strive for, what we desire and what social and societal function we fulfil.
For every thing that is shown, some thing is hidden, in on view from 25 July 2022 to 31 August 2022, at Kunstverein Friedrichshafen, in Friedrichshafen, (DE)