In his second solo exhibition “Wow!” at Galerie Poll, Markus Draper is presenting his work on the Ticker Tape parades for the first time in Germany.
When the Statue of Liberty was inaugurated on October 28, 1886, a parade led along the New York Stock Exchange on the famous Wall Street. The stock market traders threw bundles of paper strips from the recently invented news ticker out of the window to express their joy. Since the global financial crisis following the bankruptcy of Lehman Brothers in 2008, the papers thrown down from office towers have also been considered an indication of threatening instability.
This arc of suspense from ecstatic joy to abrupt collapse is the motivation for Markus Draper to deal with the symbolism of ticker tape parades.
The work of Markus Draper is characterized by the interpretation of important events in recent history.