gelitin: Hase / Rabbit / Coniglio
Posted on April 23, 2012 by Julia Schiller
“The things one finds wandering in a landscape: familiar things and utterly unknown, like a flower one has never seen before, or, as Columbus discovered, an inexplicable continent; and then, behind a hill, as if knitted by giant grandmothers, lies this vast rabbit, to make you feel as small as a daisy.
The toilet-paper-pink creature lies on its back: a rabbit-mountain like Gulliver in Lilliput. Happy you feel as you climb up along its ears, almost falling into its cavernous mouth, to the belly-summit and look out over the pink woolen landscape of the rabbitÌs body, a country dropped from the sky; ears and limbs sneaking into the distance; from its side flowing heart, liver and intestines.
Happily in love you step down the decaying corpse, through the wound, now small like a maggot, over woolen kidney and bowel.
Happy you leave like the larva that gets its wings from an innocent carcass at the roadside.
Such is the happiness which made this rabbit.
I love the rabbit the rabbit loves me.
After almost 5 years of knitting the rabbit found its final place in the italian alps (Artesina, Piemont, Italy, 2005 – 2025). It waits there to be visited by you. You might even take your time or check back every now and then as the rabbit will wait for you 20 years from now on.” (artist statement by gelitin)
gelitin – also known as Ali Janka, Florian Reither, Tobias Urban and Wolfgang Gantner – is a viennese art collective. They met first in 1978 when they all attended a summer camp. Since then they have been playing and working together. From 1993 they began exhibiting internationally.
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