"o.T"(2012) and "Tape" (2009)
The work "Tape" is a bronze memorial for the audio tape. "o.T." (German for "untitled") is comprised of a photograph of a blurry sun, inserted into a strange background of a painted forest tortured by a storm.
The photo hangs alone on an entire wall in a room - a clean space lit only by a soft overhead light. Depicting neither sunset nor dawn, but a state of uncertainty, and oscillating between painting and photography, the scene creates a fake world. A disturbing effect results from the tension between Object art, painting, and photography, which is wrought in this work.
The work “Tape” is a memorial for the most beloved mix-tapes you used to put in your car radio. You know all songs by heart, have sung or hummed them along during your trips. Sometimes you had to change the tape while driving, handling it without care as you searched for another oft listened tape in your dusty glove compartment. Dorn elevates the lowly tape into an artwork, casting it in bronze and freezing for all posterity, with all its cracks and scratches.
Alexander Dorn is born in Plauen in 1981. He studied arts at the HFBK Dresden and took master classes with prof. Martin Honert. He lives in Dresden where he is also part of the Uncanny Valley label roster, for which he designed the logo. Influenced by all sorts of electronic sounds, he makes music under the Credit 00 moniker.