Catalogue with figures in a four-colour offset print, designed by Andrej Loll
with an accompanying text by Annett Reckert and poems by Sandra Huber (german/ english)
Paperback, 128 pages, 23x32 cm, edition of 750
Released on the occasion of the solo exhibitions "untitled (AHA!)" at the Städtische Galerie Delmenhorst from 2/12/2011 until 5/2/2012 and "Hauskauf ist Vertrauenssache" at the Städtisches Kunstmuseum Spendhaus Reutlingen from 29/10/2011 until 8/1/2012.
Benjamin Badock allows a surprisingly fresh view on the traditional medium of woodcut. With the title of his extensive series of "Plattenbauten" ("prefabricated cement-slab high-rises") the artist makes references to a declined architectonic utopia of the East. Additionally he refers to a system of printing plates, which he uses in seemingly endless combinations. He uses simple modules that become complexe stuctures and at the same time counteract with their cheerful occurence the seriality and uniformity of architecture. In his recent works the residents of the Plattenbauten come more and more into play, standardised characters, as well as interiors and still lives.
Benjamin Badocks persepctive on urban reality is rather focused on the peripheral and the incidential, on a specific milieu and its tristesse. Thereby a visual ignition lies within the strong abstraction of his works: a light bulb moment. With winking humour Benjamin Badocks works conceal perplexing puzzles within the everyday. (Annett Reckert)