Gregor Hildebrandt

Gregor Hildebrandt

Born in 1974 in Bad Homburg, Germany. Lives and works in Berlin.

After studying art in Germany, Italy, and Austria, Gregor Hildebrandt has exhibited his work in New York, then throughout Europe, from London to Berlin, and more recently at the Galerie Almine Rech in Paris. His preferred medium is cassette (audio and video). He unwinds it and then sticks metres of tape onto the canvas in large monochrome sparkling panels. Since the end of the eighties, this means of recording, now obsolete with the appearance of digital, has completely disappeared from everyday life; the word “cassette” is rarely heard today. In abstract and demanding work, Gregor Hildebrandt unveils both the intrinsic plastic qualities of this supple, smooth, and reflective medium as well as demonstrating the nostalgia which emanates from this support familiar to generations prior to the 2000s. The silent brown black minimalist monochrome reveals none of its invisible content, but the non-material evocation of the recorded sounds or videos reflects memorial introspection and souvenirs of a past doomed to become distant. Through pictures, photographs, and wall-drawings, sound takes shape with Gregor Hildebrandt as much as sacred cinema figures. From Greta Garbo to Marlène Dietrich or Romy Schneider, he prints and crosses portraits with tape. With a fetish for this frail and tactile material, the promise of unlimited copies and piracy at the end of the last century, Hildebrandt covertly makes himself the melancholic mirror of a bygone era.