Gregor Hildebrandt started working on his cassette shelves series in 2007. In the beginning painted by the artist in a vein reminiscent of abstract expressionism or as monochromatic surfaces, the cassette shelves evolved throughout the years intermingling with his use of images in paper works and granite pieces. They range from portraits of iconic actresses/-ors, film stills and most recently still life scenes.
Hildebrandt’s cassette shelves reflect the artist’s insatiable interest for music, cinema and art history as well as his way of interweaving these favored reference fields. Inspired from the shelves commonly used to sort out and store cassettes during the golden age of that analogic media, they recreate paintings or images that have been cut and then glued onto the inlays contained in the cases.
They collect memories of the songs formerly contained in the cassette cases. Listed on the inlays–which then become the basis of the fragmented image–these songs load the work with an invisible dimension.