Jan Kaps, Cologne
Rehearsal05 July – 10 August 2013
Jan Kaps is pleased to announce the opening of the exhibition “Rehearsal”, with new works by
For his first exhibition at Jan Kaps, Tobias Hoffknecht has created two site-specific works.
“Untitled” consists of two bed frames posed against each other, which opens the view onto
interlocked, galvanized steel tubes. The rounded forms of one structure are faced against the
rectangular forms of the other. Their surfaces at different heights, the steel mesh surfaces
create varying levels leading to one united readymade. Hoffknecht‘s second work is titled
“Rehearsal Room” and consists of two black PVC panels that form two long rectangular strips.
Arranged parallel to each other, the surfaces created by Hoffknecht are glued to the floor and
wall of the exhibition space.
Tobias Hoffknecht‘s working process begins on paper. His drawings, the sculptural basis of his
works, are subjected to a substractive process. By increasingly reducing the preliminary
sketch, he creates a minimalist spatial layout, which then takes on the form of an installation.
The combination of installation and sculpture emerges out of a conceptual analysis of
sculptural activity within the drawing, with the intention of breaking down and breaking
through the respective space. Spatial references within the exhibition situation are witness to
this symbiosis. Hoffknecht creates volumes through surfaces. Surfaces, which defer to the
space, divide, usurp and break it. As a result, the space is created anew. Surfaces form the
main components of the works in the exhibition “Rehearsal”, which occupy the space with
their clear and highly reduced formal language.
Tobias Hoffknecht was born in Bochum in 1987 and studied through 2013 at the Academy of
Art in Düsseldorf under Rosemarie Trockel.