KOW

It has become an all too common cliché that everyone from brokers to Uber drivers is employed under the model of the artist. Over and over, you hear that the boundaries between art, pop, and creative industries are blurring. What sets the artist apart from the non-artist? What sets the art object apart from other objects? A discussion with artists Natascha Sadr Haghighian and Simon Denny, and exhibition maker and gallerist Alexander Koch, moderated by Kolja Reichert.

Roundtable with Simon Denny, Alexander Koch, Natascha Sadr Haghighian, and Kolja Reichert at Spike Berlin, January 2015

 What Sort of Man Reads Playboy?, 2010-2012 Glitter, oil, collage on canvas 137,2 x 124,5 cm Photo: Moritz Frei © Chris Martin Courtesy of Chris Martin and KOW, Berlin

What Sort of Man Reads Playboy?, 2010-2012
Glitter, oil, collage on canvas
137,2 x 124,5 cm
Photo: Moritz Frei
© Chris Martin
Courtesy of Chris Martin and KOW, Berlin

It’s undeniable that Chris Martin’s paintings resemble »outsider art«. Yet I like them not for being intuitive, or spiritual, or liberated from convention – although they are all these things – but because they are affectionate.