The artist Jens Risch spends many hours every day tying knots in a thousand metre long silk thread. Knot upon knot is tied until it becomes impossible to tie another one and a compact, fist-sized mass has been created: an extremely compressed ball of time. Between the 1st of October 2004 and the 18th of January 2009, Risch knotted Silk Piece II. The result is concentrated energy and at the same time an accolade to slowness and a pointed, critical comment on issues such as work, speed and art production.

Jens Risch was born in 1973 in Rudolstadt, Germany, and lives and works in Berlin, Germany. Selected solo exhibitions include "Jens Risch: Silk Piece V, 2011 - 2012" at Bischoff Projects, Frankfurt am Main, Germany (2014); "Jens Risch: Seidenstueck I & Seidenstueck II (Erster Teil)" at Weissfrauen Diakoniekirche, Frankfurt am Main, Germany (2007). Major group exhibitions include "Netz" at Kunsthalle zu Kiel, Kiel, Germany (2014); "Art & Textiles" at Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, Wolfsburg, Germany (2013); "Thomas Bayrle, Juergen Krause, Michael Riedel, Jens Risch, Peter Roehr" at Bischoff Projects, Frankfurt am Main, Germany (2012); "As Soon As Possible, Tempo e accelerazione sociale" at Centre for Contemporary Culture Strozzina, Florence, Italy (2010); "Alle Zeit der Welt" at Kunsthalle Mainz, Mainz, Germany (2008); "Family and Friends" at Centre d'art contemporain, Brétigny, France (2007). Jens Risch's first exhibition with Bischoff Projects was in 2010.


Jens Risch: The Forces behind the Forms (group show)

August 27 – November 20, 2016
Kunstmuseum Thun, Thun, Switzerland

Jens Risch: Realtime (group show)

June 06 – September 04, 2016
Kunstmuseum Bonn, Bonn, Germany

Jens Risch: Process, Performance, Presence (group show)

June 11 – August 21, 2016
Kunstverein Braunschweig, Braunschweig, Germany

Jens Risch: The Forces behind the Forms (group show)

March 20 – July 31, 2016
Museen Haus Lange und Haus Esters, Krefeld, Germany

Jens Risch: The Forces behind the Forms (group show)

December 12, 2015 – February 28, 2016
Galerie im Taxispalais, Innsbruck, Austria

Jens Risch: William Forsythe, The Fact of Matter (group show)

October 17, 2015 — January 31, 2016
MMK Museum fuer Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt am Main, Germany

Jens Risch: Netz (group show)

July 28 - November 16, 2014
Kunsthalle zu Kiel, Kiel, Germany

Jens Risch: Art & Textiles (group show)

October 12, 2013 - March 2, 2014
Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, Wolfsburg, Germany