Künstlerhaus Bethanien

Aline Bouvy


03 - 27 Oct 2019

© Aline Bouvy
3 – 27 October 2019

In her exhibition PUP, Aline Bouvy simulates a public square, a promenade for the public and a place that is not clearly situated in the present.

The advertising posters on the walls are a product of Bouvy’s artistic examination of the magazine “Die Frechheit. A magazine of humour. At the same time program of the cabaret of comedians” (1928-33). The both witty and provocative graphics allude to the Berlin bourgeoisie at the beginning of the 20th century and testify to a surprising openness to homoeroticism and strong images of women. Especially in the popular and cabaret art that fascinates Bouvy, the artist recognizes subtle reactions to social grievances and strong emotions that she takes up and reformulates in her works. In the end, a four-part group of objects emerged, which is placed on benches and distributed throughout the room. The individual figures make noises, perform automatic movements, or remain in a motionless pose. Their sexual connotation, including the obvious allusion to the female and male sex, is a potential troublemaker in public space, in the white cube, or in the viewer’s gaze.

Bouvy likes to surprise and unsettle her audience. She deliberately scratches at the limits of the salon’s ability and at the social expectations of a ‘serious’ artist. She wants to make people think about social norms and moral constraints. In return, she slips into her own works and uses her own body to make impressions or creates a plastic doppelganger who sits on the bench in the exhibition room uninhibitedly playing with meatballs.