von ammon co
October 17 – November 15, 2020

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I pray for strength like a tree.
I pray for time like a mountain.
I pray for forgiveness like a river.
I pray for wisdom like the mother.
I am already yours.
- New Peace Open Prayer

"Take Me, I Love You", by New York-based German artist Timur Si-Qin, is the new solo show at von ammin co gallery, featuring eleven new works by the artist, a combination of 3d printed sculptures, computer-generated landscapes and branded graphics from the artist’s meta project: New Peace. Concurrent with the exhibition, Si-Qin will release parts 1 and 2 of his new essay titled Heaven is Sick. New Peace is a proposal for a new form of spirituality in the face of global pandemics, climate change, and biodiversity collapse. The legacy of agricultural religions of the West have led the world to an ecological precipice.

The farming eschatology, particularly, of Christianity have promoted an extractive attitude towards nature. Westerners are raised to regard Nature as a soul-less and limitless resource for humans, to use and to hold in dominion—as given by God. On the other hand the global Indigenous worldview has always recognized Nature as inherently alive, intelligent, symbiotic, and sacred. As the ecological consequences of climate change intensify, it is the global Indigenous worldview, rather than the Western one, that is being revealed to have been the more rational one all along.

New Peace comprises four modules or ideas. These concepts are possible sources for basing a contemporary spirituality today. The iconography of each source is represented in acrylic and 3d printed sculptures in the exhibition. The Undivided Ground is the idea that all are one, also known as the concept of immanence. Faith in Pattern is the idea that faith can be derived from the patterning of matter and reality itself. Pray to Scale is the idea that the scale and age of the universe itself is the higher power that we can connect with. Purpose from Difference is the idea that matter exists to experience every version of itself. The meaning of the universe is diversity itself. "Take Me, I Love You" is both the attitude of causal, material, nature herself as well as a prayer to her. While nature has been a selfless mother to humanity and will continue to give of herself, this declaration must be reciprocated by humankind.

Installation view. Photo credit: courtesy of the gallery 
Installation view. Photo credit: courtesy of the gallery 
Installation view. Photo credit: courtesy of the gallery 
Installation view. Photo credit: courtesy of the gallery 
Installation view. Photo credit: courtesy of the gallery 
Installation view. Photo credit: courtesy of the gallery 

Feature image: Installation view, Timur Si-Qin, Take Me I Love You, von ammin co gallery, 2020. Photo credit: courtesy of the gallery

Here, in the building where Georges Bizet wrote his masterpiece Carmen in 1875, Matt Copson premieres a bildungsroman opera in three laser-projected parts: Age of Coming, Coming of Age and Of Coming Age. His opera tells the story of a baby at odds with a vengeful god, who tries to convince him that life is miserable and cruel, and nothing more. On view High Art, Paris
Sørlandets Kunstmuseum, Kristiansand
Der Tank of the Art Institute, Basel
Lafayette Anticipations, Paris
Kunsthalle Lissabon, Lisbon
JTT, New York
Édouard Montassut, Paris
Avant-Garde Institute, Warsaw