a house the exhibition HUELLE UND IDYLLE / FACADE
AND ARCADIA explores structures and constructions surrounding the
phenomenon of habitation which, depending upon individual or cultural
disposition, can call forth numerous variations. Not everyone has a house
but most have definition of what it is to them. These inner visions of
a house are actually model homes in the best and worst
sense of the word. Whether a shack or a palace, whether a swinging urbane
solution or an isolated alpine hut, whether through walls, coverings or
inter-space the basis always lies within the spatial, territorial
and ultimately the spiritual demarcation that evolves into a materialistic
state stable, weatherproof and only presumably permanent. In this
sense, housing occupies a specialized and functional space and indicates
personal retreat as a finely defined microcosm within the infinite.
Walls, masonry and facades thereby embody the intersection of protection
and vulnerability, of public and private, of isolation and communication.
In this very special position between the finite and infinite these elements
link and sometimes overpopulate the terrain, thereby mutating to a membrane
at once hermetic and permeable.
and Comfort in a Contemporary Context
The exhibition presents contemporary positions within this interrelated
topic ranging from horrific to homey in paintings, drawings, sculpture,
installations, photography and video. These explore the ideal as well
as the material parameters of primitive shelters, facades, bodies and
limitations real and unreal markers that have been either erected
or not actually resolved. Ultimately, it is also about utopian concepts
and visual results.
The very conscious confrontations presented in the exhibition span tensions
between the planned and the illusionary, the material and the ephemeral,
the stone and meat. It examines various aspects of interior
and exterior spaces bridging the phenomenon of personal spaces, inner
thought, walls as an important unity, social as well as political limitations,
to the issue of shelter and, last but least, the trap.
My home is my castle and the castle thats me.
Within this context an archetypical examination of psychological uncertainty,
fear and aggression is self-evident. Equally, within the wide divergence
between the horrific and the homey topics of contemplation, playfulness
and inner retreat render soothing variations on homing and
Karl Bohrmann, Piotr Dluzniewski, Edgar Endress, Belu-Simion Fainaru,
Katharina van Hoffs, Leiko Ikemura, Katharina Jahnke, Boaz Kaizman, Hubert
Kiecol, Philipp von Matt, Rita McBride, Horst Muench, Ulrike Nattermueller,
Peter Piller, Gregor Schneider, Frances Scholz, Stefan Strunden, Sumi
Maro, Peter Sutter, Leif Trenkler.