Marion Scharmann

Jana Müller and Regine Müller-Waldeck

07 Sep - 11 Oct 2013

Exhibition view
© Jana Müller
Nest, 2012
Wallpaper, wood, fabric, object framed behind glass,
88,5 x 122,5 x 7 cm
© Regine Müller-Waldeck
Die Wünsche, 2013
Fabric, resin, wood, flexible amount of objects, each appr. 25 x 35 x 18 cm, installation variable (detail)
The Folded Curtain
7 September – 11 October 2013

The exhibition »The folded curtain« presents works by Jana Müller and Regine Müller-Waldeck, which despite their different approaches show many similarities; their combination evokes new readings.

Jana Müller explores memory, the cinematic, and storytelling in which reality is reflected as fiction. Regine Müller-Waldeck is interested in the foreign or the alien that appears alongside the familiar – through the minimal shifting of contexts she allows new, fictitious entities to develop and evolve.

An arcane and mysterious aura surrounds the works of the two artists, for both are interested in the ›in-between‹, the open, the not yet defined, or that which cannot be defined. Jana Müller lays out traces and evidence that evoke numerous tales. The deliberately placed ellipses are completed by the viewer, as part of the work. Regine Müller-Waldeck's objects defy concrete classification, although they seem to contain something inherently familiar. While Jana Müller's works try to lure us into a notional world, into the realm of images, the acute presence of Regine Müller-Waldeck's works propels us right back into reality – however, we do not land on secure terrain for this reality fails to correspond to our expectations.

While concealment is the central motif of the works presented by Jana Müller, the theme of Regine Müller-Waldeck’s works concern the exploration of alteration. The artists title their exhibition »The folded curtain« – ›curtain‹ here refers to concealment, while ›folding‹ symbolizes the minimal modification that enables surfaces to disappear by denying them a new space. The curtain also stands for the emphasis on material esthetic, which is very important to both artists. Besides materials like wood, glass, and metal many of the presented works are made partly of fabric – in different conditions offering manifold contexts of meaning. Moreover, the title of the exhibition refers to film and literature, implying the uncertain and the variability of our expectations, which are often notional, yet nevertheless guide us. As long as the curtain conceals something, the possibilities are infinite. Anything could be hidden behind it, the beautiful as well as the horrible. A space opens for our projections, for our wishes and hopes may yet be fulfilled.