It is great honor for Peter Amby Gallery to present the exhibition "Nothing Comes from Nothing"; A group show with André Butzer (b. 1973, DE), Absalon Kirkeby (b. 1983, DK), Torben Ribe (b. 1978, DK) and Ulrik Weck (b. 1972, DK).
Neither bills, advertisements nor weeds disappear by themselves, no matter how unwelcome they might be.
"Ex nihilo nihil fit" or "Nothing Comes from Nothing" is a famous quote by the Presocratic philosopher Parmenides, and even though these three things at times can feel as if they appear completely by themselves - without an invitation, they are somehow eternal.
There is only one thing that comes out of nothing: Darkness. It is created by the absence of light and consists of nothing, whereas light isn't created by the absence of darkness. So this is the exception to the rule, as is created from nothing.
Does one dare to dream about a way to make the bills disappear, hide the advertisements, and something that will turn weed magical? And to really push it, could one dream of a fridge that will re-fill it self - for eternity? Maybe even with Parmenides as witness?
Torben Ribe has made his bills and advertisements that has filled his letterbox dissapear in his works. In 'Wallpaper' he has papered a board with his unpaid bills and covered them in white paint so they only form a white, abstract surface. Absalon Kirkeby has made a pile of dirt, covered in weeds, magical and the darkness behind a window endless and Ulrik Weck has created a fridge that no matter if the guests drink all the beer that it is filled with, always will be re-filled with beer.
And all of this surrounds a new sculpture by André Butzer - The letter N that in its inexplicability towers above the room with the name Parmenides written on its surface. Is the N a symbol of the latin 'nihil' (nothing)?*
It is said that Parmenides on his travel into darkness, visited a Goddess which learned him the difference between truth and belief, the latter in which she thought there could be found no truth. When he returned to earth, the day and the light, he was a transformed being that could seperate right and wrong into day and night.
One can only imagine what he would have thought of the exhibition "Nothing Comes from Nothing". Does it invalidate or validate Parmenides' perpetual truth? And does the works reflect a collapse of values that we are experiencing in the world right now?
*André Butzer's N actually stands for Nasaheim and is the symbolification of a number or frequency of creation/fulness. Nothing or zero is a concept of construction, as in the ideas of Malevich. For Butzer, as well as Parmenides, Mondrian and Hölderlin, the concept of nothing does not exist.