Folding Unfolding Space
Dr. Christine Nippe
In the group exhibition Folding Unfolding Space at cubus-m the initially abstract concept ‘space’ is addressed. Through the artistic works, altered spatial contours unfold: With the help of the utilized media – like film, photography, installation, lithography, three-dimensional objects and works on paper – the dimensions of space are artistically examined, negotiated and activated.
In an ethnographically inspired research project, in which I was interested in the artist’s respective practices and their ways of conceptualizing space, I visited seven studios and discovered many facets of this theme. Whether in Berlin, Brussels, Düsseldorf, Geneva or Lausanne, many artists – such was my impression during the research – engage with these questions. It seems that spatial turn fascinates not only the social sciences and cultural studies, but guide artistic practice as well.
Interestingly, these works not only address “classical” spatialization via architecture, but also explore the social, psychological, imaginary, linguistic and physical space by employing various methods. In this way, the focus is on a multiplicity of spaces that fan out, sometimes directly, sometimes sublimely, in the artists’ concepts.
These different approaches have in common that they invite the viewer to reflect and imagine. Using their artistic techniques, together they may succeed in playfully pushing our notion beyond the container model (in which space is considered limited in size) and in inviting us, such that the space in its multiple dimensions folds and unfolds again in the “eye of the viewer.”
Andrea Knobloch often works with architecture and public space, using photography and folding manipulations to deform brutal urban surfaces, making them her own. For Hanging Structure Knobloch adheres strips of composite board to an improvised structure, in which the potential for movement is clear. The materials originate in the production of large-scale posters. When the prints are pasted up, excess material along the edges is cut off, collected and discarded. “Giving these ‘leftovers’ a different position and removing them from the industrial production logic of a waste-oriented society, forms a large part of the pleasure of working with materials that have already gone through a process of production,“ according to Knobloch. The image of scraps swept together by chance into a loose structure underlies Hanging Structure. A space-creating sketch is formed that owes its evolution to a trial-and-error process.
Knobloch began the series Copyprints to develop an additional way of engaging with observations in urban space. “In my working process I try to achieve what the intellect cannot manage on its own, namely rummaging through the surfaces and plunging into the expansiveness, which in turn creates a physical relationship to the now flat reproductions of cityscapes that have made an impression on me while passing through them.” Folding, unfolding, bending, ironing, cutting, spraying and gluing all belong to the methods Knobloch employs in order to work with the imaginary space and to communicate that her constructed environment is shapeable.
Sylvie Boisseau & Frank Westermeyer (F/D), Simon Deppierraz (CH), Christina Dimitriadis (GR/D), Aloïs Godinat (CH), Elin Jakobsdóttir (IS/GB), Andrea Knobloch (D)
opening: may 2nd 2014
running may 3rd to june 14th 2014