Flo Maak (born 1980) studied at the Frankfurt Städelschule with Wolfgang Tillmans and Willem de Rooij. Since the beginning of 2013 he has been a visiting professor for Artistic Photography at Chung-Ang University, Seoul, South Korea.
Seascape is usually translated as seascape, but the reference to the land, as given in the English landscape, is lost. This juxtaposition, or the underflow, of territory and open sea, solid and liquid, form and formlessness, is the connecting theme of Flo Maak's second solo exhibition at Bernhard Knaus Fine Art.
New collages and photographs will be shown, as well as a series of "Displaced Displays", all of which are related to the central installation entitled "Surface Interference Study (after Courbet)". This installation consists of a collection of so-called "customer stoppers" that have been put together to form an abstract model of a surf wave. On each side of this room-dividing row there is a monitor on which a tracking shot over details of Gustave Courbet's wave images can be seen. These show the Surf waves as if carved out of stone, while the subsurface appears to be liquefied. This dialectic between dissolution and materialization, which characterizes the sea as an actual place as well as a metaphor, runs through all the other works in the exhibition.
In a booklet accompanying the exhibition, the philosopher Daniel Loick describes this motif as follows: “Maak emphasizes a conflict that Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari have described as the game between territorialization and deterritorialization. The process of turning an undefined area into a classifiable, calculable and controllable terrain is never completely finished and also not lockable, but remains a struggle of order with previous forces of disorganization and decomposition."