no title, 2022, Work in progress
‘ The critical observer (whispering)
“Up to the moon, everything is stale around. Capitalism has fucked things up for real.
No need to argue. I have had the wish of leaving for a long time – but where to go? My solution was to shrink inwards. Enclosed in myself I kept writing reports from the ribbons of my DNA. Finding the “whole” in my very own nucleus. What I observed? Fraudulent proteins, false nuclides, cheating lipids, phony sugars.
Being this rotten to the core I realized that I am more a product of this society than I wanted to admit.” ‘
2021. Acrylic on shaped canvas, 94 × 87 cm
‘A successful person (shouting over background noise, hoarse)
“If the train is coming, you have to jump on it – shu shuuuuu! If you don’t go for it, I will! And don’t forget that any agenda alongside will do. More important to keep the pace – so start shoveling coal, baby!” ‘
2021. Acrylic on shaped canvas, 158 × 60 cm
‘The head of department (friendly)
“Even if I have a leading position it does not mean that I don’t understand the feelings of my employees. The desires and fears. Their needs. I make sure to listen and always have an open ear. Leading with a heart is what I like to call it.” ‘
2021. Acrylic on shaped canvas, 160 × 38 cm
‘A jobless (unconcentrated, husky)
“Despite all misery… do not stop believing in yourself… there is hope for everyone. Do not give… up on yourself…. be thankful… recognize the rainbow, it comes for free… Like all good things in life… and…. tomorrow, I will be better. That is a certainty… I almost believe in… like myself.”
2021. Acrylic on shaped canvas, 159 × 69 cm’
‘The newly arrived foreigner (accent)
“It’s an oh-invoking phenomena with these laws in our world and their working. Sometimes they do, sometimes they don’t. I can tell you from my own experience. So far all apples are falling down, but getting on planes or ships can be complicated for certain ones. I guess we’ll have to draw a line between Isaac Newton and Colin Powell. That’s apples and pears, or what would you say in Denmark?” ‘
2021. Acrylic on shaped canvas, 142 × 48 cm
‘56 % grey’, 2021. Acrylic on shaped canvas. 124 x 64 cm
‘factions’. Booklet, 2021
Philip Poppek. ‘factions’. December, 2021 – January, 2022, CCC Gallery, Copenhagen
(…) Weight and size the person guesses. They can neither shoot it, help themselves to its dead body, in order then to measure, weigh, document it, to examine its stomach contents, to dissect its plumage and label the individual parts, to sever its head, remove all fat and muscle, to let it dry and hang it on a wire frame, discussing the piece with colleagues at the society, afterwards leaving it in a drawer; nor could they catch, ring and fit it with a transmitter, and thus by observing on a monitor, track the motions of its migratory circuit from pole to pole, port to port, Shanghai, Rostock, Amsterdam and all the way back to the ice.
The tree in which the bird is sitting is one colour. Trunk, branch, leaf: almost like an ink drawing. From the branch on which the bird is sitting sprout off smaller branches, which themselves branch off into twigs. The tree holds many branches and even more leaves. With the telescope, the person now scans the tree from its roots over the trunk up to its canopy. The person sketches the contours in their notebook. As precise as possible not by hand. Sectioning, labelling, numbering.
The bird in the tree looks back. (…)
from the artist text Person observing a bird in a tree
Views from the exhibition Habitat at Ideal in Leipzig
all framed works from the series Birds and the wall paintings from the series Trees, Brenches, Leaves (after Magritte)
cris d’oiseaux, horizon at Stadium, Berlin (July 2018)
From the work complex a for apple: the series letters for a post-factual alphabet (65 x 48 cm, UV LED print on archival cardboard, framed, 2017) and the audiopiece letter for a (15 min,2018)
The sounds reach into the outer cave,
echoing from the walls and forming into words:
We, You, I, Community, No, Yes, Perhaps, Arm, Leg, tomato, tomato.
A consensus on the course of action is reached,
at least with pain as interpretant.
A break in the endless chain of signifying signs
in practical communication.
And that goes for: foxes, trolls, elves, babies and officials.
For all bodyhavers,
when, after a quickly executed motion,
one foot stops abruptly,
at jeans and periosteum.
A basis for an understanding within varying
and alteritous character strings,
in the indisputability of our bodies in this split world.
Is the smallest common denominator
the kick in the shins?
(excerpt from letter for a)
I for Index at C.C.C. Projects, Copenhagen (August 2018)
From the work complex a for apple: including wallpaintings from the series letters for a post-factual alphabet (various dimensions, 2017) and photographs from the series I for Index (16 x 24 cm, inkjet print on semigloss paper, 2018) an excerpt of letter for a was shown