Dani JakobSugar Mountain
6 September - 1 November 2014
Opening Friday, 5 September 2014, 5:00 pm
In the South of Germany, a few kilometers from the Rhine, there is a range of volcanic hills- not very big- in midst of a rather flat landscape. The hot rocks and fertile loamy soil allow good wine to grow.
From the very top of the mountain, you can see beyond the vineyards and the Rhine river plains up to the foot of Vosges Mountains; in the other direction up to the rising Black Forest.
I used to spend a lot of time at the top of that mountain, with friends, often on my own; reading and letting my eyes wander. In the evenings you could observe white lights on the plains, the sharp line of the straightened Rhine, and behind it the yellow lights of France. An enormous, two-colored surface.
There might be a time in life, in which one develops a sort of matrix; a pre-stage to something which will continue developing later on. In any case, I have always felt that these moments, these images and these states of being on the top of the mountain are what have made me an artist.
Today, when working in my studio, it feels just like being on top of that mountain; surrounded by nature, even though I’m in the middle of a city.
This state is hard to describe. It is a kind of atmospheric noise.
I feel the need to re-create this noise time after time, as a point of origin for everything else. It is like trying to reproduce the same one image again and again, an image you already know very well.
According to wikipedia, the word matrix has its origin in the French word matrice, which means casting mold. I trace along the outlines of that casting mold every day, and I do in fact feel that I’m getting closer.
Dani Jakob, Ripatransone, Italien, Juni 2014
Nicolas Krupp is glad to announce Sugar Mountain, Dani Jakob’s second individual exhibition at the gallery.
Dani Jakob, born in 1973 in Freiburg is based in Berlin.
She has contributed to numerous exhibitions in Germany and outside, amongst others Städt. Galerie Remscheid (2014); Galerie Deborah Schamoni, München (2014); Galerie Linn Lühn, Düsseldorf (2013); Galerie Joanna Kamm, Berlin (2012); Sammlung Falckenberg/Deichtorhallen Hamburg (2011); Städtische Galerie Waldkraiburg (2010); Pace Wildenstein Gallery, NY (2009); Kunstverein Frankfurt (2008); Sammlung Falckenberg/Phoenix Kunsthallen (2008); ZKM Karlsruhe (2007); Kunsthaus Glarus (2007); 4th Berlin Biennale (2006); Vilma Gold Gallery, London (2006); Kunsthaus Palais Thurn und Taxis, Bregenz (2005); Halle für Kunst, Lüneburg (2005); Kunsthaus Baselland (2004); Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin (2003), Museum Abteiberg Mönchengladbach (2003); Greene Naftali Gallery, NY (2003); Lothringer 13, München (2002); ZKM Karlsruhe (2001).