Andreas Zybach | Andreas Zybach
KÖNIG GALERIE | Dessauerstrasse | 22.7.–26.8.2006
Press Release:

We are very pleased to open the second individual exhibition of Andreas Zybach, presenting two new projects by the artist.

The starting point for the project Space Frame Potato Chip was a newspaper article that described a technology exchange between the space travel organization ESA and a packing company for potato chips. The goal of the packing technology is to provide the fastest possible secure transport of potato chips in bags.To this end, the landing technology used in spacecraft was transferred to a packing machine for potato chips. 

The sculpture Space Frame Potato Chip combines the structure of a potato chip obtained using a 3D scan with a construction technique from the early years of flight that anticipates later space travel.

After his participation in the development of the telephone, patented in 1876, Alexander Graham Bell developed an interest in flying objects. He hypothesized that a properly constructed manned flying device would have to be able to fly like a kite. To obtain a stable and light structure, he developed a new construction method made of cloth-covered tetrahedron cells—comparable to the structure of the potato chip, which is filled with air by frying.

The second project, Arabidopsis Thaliana – Konrad Wachsmann, consists of a sculpture and a series of photographs that refer to two thematic areas: architecture and biology. 

Biologists use Arabidopsis thaliana to study the structure and function of plant life. Each plant can in principle spread in endless dimensions. This notion of infinite expansion can be found in Konrad Wachsmann’s design for a hangar. In 1951, commissioned by the research department of the American Air Force, he developed a modular construction system, a dismountable architecture that could be later reassembled in a different location. His concept followed the reproduction principle of plants: after the early growth phase, plants invest most of their energy in seed production, to then continue growth at a later point in time in another place. In this project, nutrition solution and arabidopis seed circulate in small-scale components of a hangar.

Zybach, born in 1975, and a graduate of the Städelschule, often engages with the technology of space travel, architecture, and biology in his work: for example the outdoor sculpture Rotating Space (2004, Munich’s Botanischer Garten) or the sculpture Ninety Minutes (2006, Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg). He is currently developing a new project for the Busan Biennale in Korea. Copyright of the historical pictures: Akademie der Künste, Berlin, Konrad-Wachsmann-Achiv: Projekt USAF Hangar