For her exhibition “Café Chardonnay – alles nehmen” at the Kunstverein Harburger Bahnhof in 2020, Phung-Tien Phan invited eleven more artists to present their works in an “exhibition in the exhibition”, including Simon Mielke. At the centre of their group show “should we get lunch, I want to burn this place down” was the question of the place one wants to occupy in one's own life as well as a youthful attitude of search, frustration, aggression and emotionality. Phan and Mielke worked together for their edition this time. The painting is reminiscent in form and colour of the ubiquitous office utensil that has become part of pop culture: yellow sticky notes. The colourful, self-adhesive notepads seem simple at first, but have become on of the most important inventions of the 20th century. The painting of Phan and Mielke not only refers to the mass product in its appearance, but also the painted handwritten notes point to the function sticky notes have as memory and organizational aid. As a reference to an object of everyday use, the painting provides space for assumptions about the author on the one hand and addresses the viewer in its indeterminacy on the other. The memory of a "Deadline!" the indication "Baby blue" or the call for "spend<3n" do not provide any information about a specific context in terms of content or time and thus open up a scope of meaning.
Phung-Tien Phan (*1983, lives and works in Essen) studied photography at the Folkwang Universität, Essen and later at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf with
Christopher Williams and Keren Cytter. Her work has been exhibited, among others, at the Museum Folkwang, Essen (2014); at the Kunsthalle Düsseldorf (2015); Bonner Kunstverein (2016); Root Canal, Amsterdam (2018).
Simon Mielke (*1990 lives and works in Essen) studied at the Folkwang Universität, Essen and has been at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf with Dietmar Lutz and Trisha Donnelly since 2016. His works were recently shown as part of Phung-Tien Phan’s solo exhibition at the Kunstverein Harburger Bahnhof.