Das Amt

Cedric Bomford‘s installations evolve from processes which the artist describes as “thinking through building”: here, the activity of building resembles direct sketching or the recording of ideas. In this way, Bomford evades the linear approaches generally employed in building or art projects, which result in a finished work developing in a step-by-step process, starting from a preconceived plan. By contrast, in Bomford‘s work the concept, production and realisation are united in one process. To produce his installations, Bomfordtransforms abandoned building materials that he finds in empty new buildings, shell constructions and empty lift shafts into space-consuming, often walk-in sculptures, and so reminds us that the present in our cities is founded on the remains of things past.

In his exhibition “Das Amt” in Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Cedric Bomford uses wood collected mainly in Berlin: the full spectrum of this material is employed – from floorboards a hundred years old to exhibition rubbish from today’s art business. The artist uses the wood and other found objects to construct his personal urban reflections; not least, he works out the architectonic impressions gained during his one year stay in Berlin on the basis of collected building materials. The work is created, constructed, reconstructed and altered until the very last hour before the exhibition opening. Not until the opening event is the creative process frozen, making the artwork possible.

24.09. – 10.10.2010
Tue - Sun: 2 - 7pm
Admission free


Cedric Bomford is grantee of the Canada Council for the Arts and the Embassy of Canada, Berlin.