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A Plot

A Plot, 2014 - Mandla Reuter

A Plot, 2014

Mandla Reuter  

Print, Work on paper
102 x 72 cm / 40.16 x 28.35 inch
Unique work in a series of 15 variations, signed and numbered by the artist

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  • Medium: offset print and marker
  • This work is unframed
  • Pick up at / ships from Middelburg (NL)

about this work

More than a decade ago Mandla Reuter bought a plot of land in Los Angeles - the city of opportunities, where anything is possible and one goes to start a new life. Since then, the plot of land has played a central role in his practice: he made a series of photographs based on the different horizons around the plot, brought earth from that land to the Netherlands for an exhibition, sent letters to the empty plot that come back undelivered, etc.

For A Plot Reuter starts from a blacked out map of the land around his plot. With a marker he added pointers on how the plot relates to landmark locations such as Hearst Calsle, the ocean, LAX, Hollywood, Salton Sea or the desert.

This work exists both as 15 individual sheets and as one installation of 15 sheets.
Each sheet is unique. 




Please let us know which number sheet you want - all sheet numbers depicted above are available. 

about Mandla Reuter

Fiction and reality – two concepts that are each the opposite of the other and yet each depend on the other – are at the core of Mandla Reuters practice. It becomes all the harder to apply one of these two categories to a situation or a story when we are presented with differing opinions as to what is fiction and what is fact.

In past exhibitions, Mandla Reuter obstructed doorways and blocked the usual entrances into the gallery space, which required the viewers to make constant detours and at the same time obliged them to confront his art, which possesses meaning and function in equal measure. Through these detours and the pauses they inserted into the tour of the show, the artist generated tensions and invoked different levels of reality that contradicted the usual format of exhibition visits and created something new. The organisation of the exhibition underlines its artificiality. Like the City of Las Vegas that was conjured out of the arid Nevada desert and which is in a class of its own when it comes to dramatic composition. Fiction and reality here come so close that there is almost nothing to distinguish between them. The casinos, spectacular fountains and replicas of historical sites represent a concept that is based on copying other places, showing them in concentrated fashion in one spot and creating a completely warped reality.

(courtesy of Kunsthalle Basel)

Mandla Reuter had solo exhibitions at venues such as the Schindler House, Los Angeles; Salts, Birsfelden; Kunstverein Braunschweig; Kunstmuseum Bonn; Kunsthalle Basel; Vleeshal, Middleburg; Schinkelpavillon, Berlin; Kunsthalle Lingen; and GAK, Bremen. Group shows include Ibid Projects, London; Kunsthalle Wien; Tent, Rotterdam; Westfälischer Kunstverein, Münster; Sprengel Museum, Hannover; Proyectos Monclova, Mexico City; and Castello di Rivoli, Torino. Reuter also participated in the Momentum Biennial, Moss; the Istanbul Biennial; and the Gwangju Biennial.

Mandla Reuter is represented by the following galleries;
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Croy Nielsen, Vienna  

Francesca Minini, Milano  

Galerie Mezzanin, Geneva  

Neue Alte Brücke, Frankfurt

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