1972 · Germany
Philip Grözinger’s paintings depict a world or society that doesn’t exist, a non-place situated in an undefined temporality. Inspired by literature and science-fiction films, Grözinger operates in an interstitial timespace – between past and future, between earth and space, between the living and the machine, between genres and species. His work intertwines temporalities, geographies, bodies, cultures, reality and fiction to produce new situations, places where humans and non-humans coexist. These absurd and poetic situations give rise to a truly critical reflection on society and politics. The paintings oscillate between darkness and light. They are simultaneously imbued with a sense of disappointment and disillusionment prompted by the end of utopias, and with hope and lucidity as regards the present age. Philip Grözinger wants to convey a sense of hope. The hope of seeing the rise of a freer, more tolerant and more peaceful society that has emancipated itself from the relationships of oppression and exploitation between dominant and dominated species. (Julie Crenn).