The concierge serves guests. In the 18th century he was appointed by the king to maintain order. The concierge often has a small apartment on the ground floor - la loge - where he is able to monitor all comings and goings. The French word 'concierge' is related to the Latin word 'conservus': fellow slave.
Carola Mücke, Niklaus Ruëgg and Colin Waeghe met at the HISK (Higher Institute for Fine Arts) in Ghent. Five years after their 'graduation' they decided to meet again in Berlin.
In the former caretaker's apartment they display their recovered encounter and their individual (in)differences, a micro amicable convention of 3 European artists/concierges. Each of them responsible for maintaining the lighting and cleanliness of palaces.
Colin Waeghe is living and working in Leipzig, Germany. The work of Waeghe is characterized by a mix of autobiographical elements, and images taken from popular media. Through the medium of painting and drawing, he tries to depict the changing realities. He studies the concepts of time, distance and what it means to be a stranger in a nomadic global society. His new series 'Crystal Palace' is a summary of his visits to China and the French Rivièra. 'Crystal Palace' refers to the burnt down English pavilion of the World Fair in 1851 , and to crystal meth, the poor man's cocaine.
Carola Mücke (°1976) got her primary artistic education through theater, amongst other playing for George Froscher's FTM in Munich. She got her diplomas in illustration, as well as film and videoart in Antwerp, Belgium. Through her background she developed performative sculptures that experiment with a combination of architecture, sound, performance and animation. She draws her inspiration, amongst others from theories of film and literature. She lives and works in Berlin.
Niklaus Rüegg is a 37 years old visual artist working and living in Zürich. The backbone of his work is circling around recompositions of Donald Duck respectively Carl Barks Comics, whereof he tries to make all sorts of pictoral isolations,skeletizations, non-narratives. The result are paintings, books, and collages, sculptures and parfois a performance. For this exhibition Niklaus Rüegg is showing a couple of small-scaled examples from this body of work that are fitting into a suitcase delivered by Lufthansa.