Sonder is a neologism that was introduced in 2012 by John Koenig. It describes the profound realization that everyone around you has a life as complex as yours, with memories, consciousness and imagination; a life which they are constantly living, despite your unawareness of it.

 

Apart from its direct root coming from wonder, which expresses a curiosity of your surroundings, sonder has another linguistic relation. The German prefix Sonder- describes something to be not only different, but also extraordinary or special. Bridging the word’s definition with its origins implies an understanding that the vastness of ubiquitous consciousness doesn‘t lessen the value of individual consciousness. Becoming aware of the massive extent of everyone else’s personal life and  thought universe can feel overwhelming, but it doesn’t diminish the volume of one’s own human experience.

 

This peculiar sense of parity is part of my artistic practice. Starting often at a position of self-reflection, I acknowledge that my personal experiences and perceptions are not 100 % unique. I draw parallels to concepts and conditions outside of my own body, utilizing our shared understandings of the world around us. This is nothing new, communication wouldn't work without overlapping sets of knowledge.

By creating connections between the properties of my own impressions and the attributes of materials, (physical) processes, conditions and situations, I invite the viewer to relate through those attributes and bridge connections within a common yet informal referential system.

 

Placing the viewer at these junctions allows me to transform self-analytical ruminations into multidisciplinary projects that are revealing, vulnerable, yet applicable to the viewer. Their mysterious, sometimes bizarre demeanor creates distance, but can reel the viewer back in with a shared sense of humor. As a result, a piece can take various forms, such as an oil-painting series, a water fountain with flailing squirting latex worms coming out of a big cubic self portrait, or a big bladder-like sphere levitating under a thin plastic sheet.

May 2019: Galerie Duglas zu Gast im Kunstverein mit Performance, Musik und Bar im Rahmen der Blauen Nacht 2019 

collective performance with Galerie Duglas

Kunstverein Nürnberg – Albrecht Dürer Gesellschaft e.V.
Nuremberg, Germany

https://kunstvereinnuernberg.de/...

February 2019: Cafè Brehmer (Kunst + Ökonomie)

group exhibition/collective installation

Neues Museum Nürnberg

Nuremberg, Germany
http://www.nmn.de/de/programm/veranstaltungen/...

November 2018: Group Habits

group exhibition, collective contribution of Galerie Duglas

Akademiegalerie Nürnberg
Nuremberg, Germany
https://kubaparis.com/group-habits-akademie-galerie-nuernberg/

July - August 2018:  Manche haben noch nicht einmal Stifte 

group exhibition

Kunstraum KESSELHAUS
Bamberg, Germany

April - May 2018:  orientier---

solo exhibition

KUNSTRAUM Sigismundkapelle

Regensburg, Germany
https://www.vhs-regensburg.de/programm/kunstraum-sigismundkapelle/

October 2017: Totalschaden

group exhibition

Borgo Ensemble

Nuremberg, Germany

September 2017: Hotel Arcadia

group exhibition
Gasthof zur Post
Berching, Germany

May 2017: Shame on You

group exhibition

Kunsthalle West / Eurocenter Lana
Lana/Meran, Italy

February-March 2017: show-flakes

group exhibition

Akademiegalerie auf AEG
Nuremberg, Germany

November 2016: The Attic II

group exhibition
Erlangen, Germany

April 2016: G E N I E R E N

group exhibition
Kunstverein Graz e.V.
Regensburg, Germany

http://kunstvereingraz.de/archiv/eventview/139

February 2016: Syntax-Display

co-op show with students of the AdBK Nürnberg and
HfG Offenbach a.M.
Zollamt Galerie

Offenbach, Germany

October 2015: The end of arcadia

group exhibition

Galerie “Heute:”, Quelle–Areal

Nürnberg, Germany

March 2014:  Zeitgeist

group exhibition

Kunstverein Graz e.V.

Regensburg, Germany

https://arttimelover.wordpress.com/zeitgeist/

March-April 2010: Eine Parade der Mauerblümchen

solo exhibition

W1 - Zentrum für Junge Kultur

Regensburg, Germany