The German artist Felix Kiessling wishes to expand the human notion of spatiality and boundaries through his artworks. Linda Post met Felix Kiessling at his recent show Tür und Stern in the Alexander Levy Gallery in Berlin to talk about his work.
– By Linda Post

As you entered the exhibition space in the Alexander Levy Gallery where Felix Kiessling recently exhibited the show Tür und Stern you were greeted by an enormous aluminium star measuring approximately 12 x 12 x 12 meters. The fragile frame of the star penetrated both in a literal sense and conceptual sense the room’s physical boundaries by piercing through the gallery’s walls, windows and ceiling.

Photo: Felix Kiessling working on the piece Tief ins Herz, © Johannes Foerster

Through the deconstruction of the conventional gallery space Kiessling is referring to the way human beings construct their surrounding spaces to be able to exist, understand and communicate the world they embody in regards to spatiality, direction and orientation.

Photo: The star as it was shown in the Alexander Levy Gallery, © Johannes Foerster

The young artist is on a Merleau-Ponty-ian quest to re-sensitize his audience through his abstract and minimal artworks, wishing to make his participant aware of the phenomenological intentional mechanisms that you as a human being practices and uses every day. The crooked directions and orientation of the star while piercing through the space in which it’s placed is a way of pushing the human being’s inherent understanding of space, boundaries and how we navigate these in order to move and perceive our surroundings.

What kind of aesthetic experience do you want your participant to have when they go to one of your shows?

First of all I’m not in a position to teach anything to anybody, I’m not a dogmatic artist if you want. What I hope to provide is some sort of experience with space or with your self as a human being standing on this planet earth.
You cant tell anybody how to behave anyway because everybody will behave according to their own will, but what I can provide as an artist is some sort of experience that re-sensitizes you – maybe – for who you are in a very abstract way.