The Berlinische Galerie was one of the best galleries of the whole trip, very big with lots of rooms and even the chance to meet one of the artists in a current exhibition there. I gained a lot of useful knowledge from well known to more contemporary artists. The contemporary work of Jurgen Mayer was the first work i saw in the gallery and the artwork that engaged me most. Mayer has an international reputation for his innovative buildings, objects and installations. Since the mid 1900s he has been collecting patterns found on the inside of envelopes from banks, insurance companies and public agencies; pattern and collecting is something i am currently exploring in my own art practice.
For the Berlinische Galerie, Jurgen Mayer has created a work that spans the whole wall and floor of a room, turning a black and grey data security pattern into a space- filling installation made of carpet where forms and structures flow in and out, which challenges the eye into realising what the black forms actually are. The title of the exhibit is called 'Rapport', which is a technical term used in the textile industry to designate a basic element in a pattern repeated across a surface. Another connotation is 'report', while in psychology it refers to a relationship between two people on the same wavelength who 'give back something they receive', which altogether stands for the objective of the artist, which is to treat architecture as communication. For more info: http://www.berlinischegalerie.de/en/exhibitions/current-exhibitions/j-mayer-h.html
Standing so close to the artwork, it was very difficult for me to see that the work was a collaboration of interweaving numbers. Here are some photos i took of the exhibition which show the work closer and further away to expose its meaning.