Anita Beckers

Nathalie Grenzhaeuser & Séverine Hubard

15 Mar - 30 Apr 2007

© Nathlaie Grenzhaeuser
Lightjet-Print, Aludibond, Diasec matt
120 x 160 cm
Edition 5 + 2 AP
“Von Welten und Werken”

Eröffnung: am 15. März 2007 um 19:00 Uhr
Werkstattgespräch mit den Künstlerinnen: am 15. April 2007 um 17:00 Uh

The exhibition “Von Welten und Werken” of the artists Nathalie Grenzhaeuser (born 1969, Stuttgart) and Séverine Hubard (born 1977, Lille) combines two contemporary positions which deal with landscapes and public space in different artistic media.
The photographer Nathalie Grenzhaeuser shows the new series „Die Konstruktion der Stillen Welt“, begun during a two month trip on the arctic archipelago Spitzbergen while the sculptor Séverine Hubard corresponds dialogically with an on-site developed installation to the exhibition space and to the photographs of Nathalie Grenzhaeuser.
The artist Nathalie Grenzhaeuser deals with the perception of landscapes. Deserts, deserted industrial scenery, orphaned public spaces and landscapes are recurrent subjects with which the artist tries to fathom the relation between men and nature.
The “emptiness” and apparent scantiness of this landscapes which give space for a dialogue between associativity and memory are basic for the work of Grenzhaueser.
On her travel the artist finds the basic material for her photographs. Most time Grenzhaeuser photographs locations which are familiar through their incisive shape and history and which remind of stage settings and are charged symbolically through their history. Often these are fragile landscapes (the Arctic) which are in flux cultural-historical.
Even if the photographs seem realistically, they don’t show documentary images. The works are developed rather in a process which is related to the mode of operation of a painter; assumed of photographic sketches, particular moments and parts of a landscape were woven together with digital editing or were invented. The place of origin is transformated in many steps. So a new location of especial quality is developing. Grenzhaeuser ́s photographs show a world that is related to the real world but that seems like a dream or a parallel world.
The new series „Die Konstruktion der Stillen Welt“ thematizes the arctic landscape. The works refer to the history of coal mining, the change of the arctic landscape as well as the cultural-historical and emotional importance.
The sculptor Séverine Hubard became known through space-consuming installations and interventions in exhibition- and public space. In her exemplary, futuristic appearing miniature cities the artist is developed with existing architecture and refers to the surrounding public space. Hubard thematizes in her works the artificial transformation of world through (constructional) interventions of men to nature which is hard neither to impede nor to reverse.
The public space constructed by Séverine Hubard is not created for men. The clean white surfaces allow no admission. For natural life-forms there is no “living space” in Hubard ́s world of modules. The hybrid constructions of Hubard seem through their geometrical, module-like skyline quasi aesthetical, but have replication in them: the “danger” to proliferate rampant the exhibition space and to absorb this.
Hubard uses for her installations discarded doors and windows, applies furniture, shelves, wooden plates and battens which she merges in precise constructed modules to miniature cities. There is a tension emerged through the geometrical arrangement of the different elements between order and chaos, demolition and construction.
The artist integrates everyday finds, nonartistic materials in her works, which seem quasi chaotic and quasi mathematical and remind of dadaistic works, for example Schwitter ́s „Merzbau“.
In the exhibition „Von Welten und Werken“ the artist developes in situ an installation which is dealing with the alteration of the exhibition space and is thereby interacting with the photographs of Nathalie Grenzhaeuser.

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