Exhibition Patrick Vernon Unfinished 4 – 16 December 2013

“A painting might be constructed  from absence to presence,  or erased from presence to absence;  there is no way to be sure.”

– James Elkins 

A collection of works on paper by French artist Patrick Vernon (1958-1998) was shown at ICI Berlin.

opening of the exhibition on 4 december 2013


Vernon’s artworks, mostly watercolour or pen and ink washes on paper, are a polysemic play with figures, colours, forms – and, their dissolution. The exhibition Unfinished focusses on Vernon’s experimental and playful works, works-in-process involving partial objects, unfinished figures and the interaction of parts and the whole.

Vernissage: Wednesday, 4 December 2013 7 pm

opening of the exhibition on 4 december 2013


The vernissage will accompany the ICI Library Event exploring the creative and menacing potential of the notion of unfinishedness, as part of ICI’s focus this year on constituting wholes. While some works always remain unfinished despite the unending desire to complete them, others are abandoned unwillingly or explicitly declared unfinished (what in art is called the non finito). How does a writer, a researcher, an artist, or a musician know when a piece of work is finished? And what happens if one cannot finish?

opening of the exhibition on 4 december 2013


ICI Berlin

Christinenstraße 18-19,
Haus 8 10119 Berlin
Tel: +49 (0)30 473 7291-10
(U-Bhf. Senefelder Platz)


Opening Hours:

Monday and Thursday: 11 – 16.
Tuesday and Wednesday: 11 – 18.
Friday: by appointment

Vernon’s artworks was on display for two weeks.

The exhibition Unfinished was curated by Claudia Peppel.