collects exhibition catalogues, auction catalogues, art books and art magazines containing depictions of iconic artwork as advertisements, which feeds his reflection on the role of motives in art and his questioning attitude towards reproduction and representation.
The art market is hardly an uncommon subject in contemporary art, but few works approach it with such knowing, kinky grace.
Probing the effects of an image-based reality, Post-Studio-Practices examines various ways of experiencing the world: through images that are born digitally, made with scanners or lenses outside the studio or the real world, specifically focusing on connectivity, the circulation of images, labels, logos, information networks, and communication models. If Vahlefeld’s art is about unfinished business, perhaps that’s because art itself is unfinished business, is in a permanent state of flux.
Vahlefeld here takes the idea that the act of copy-making doesn't necessarily remove an artwork’s ‘aura’, and turns it on its head as it creates a new ‘aura’. This is piracy of a sort, yes, but as the work argues, piracy is as much about freedom from institutions and their rules, about feeling the wind in one’s hair, as it is about theft.