CUT OUT- Mit dem Messer Zeichnen
Eröffnung: 27.2. 2009, 18-21 Uhr
The exhibition „CUT OUT- to draw with the knife“ approaches the papercut as symptomatic of contemporary development for the actual expansion of the drawing term. The principal of the line is not anymore bound to the plane surface but has liberated itself. With the cut-out process the drawing obtains a spacial and sculptural component, which is of big interest in this exhibition. With the five very different artistic positions - Philip Loersch, Charlotte McGowan-Griffin, Frédérique Lucien, Hansjörg Schneider and Ed Pien – the medium presents itself in a spectrum and sovereignity, totally emancipated of his arts and crafts tradition
Philip Loersch`s (1980 Germany) cut out drawings of Polystrol, are to be seen as artistic thinking models of physical and scientific theories. Like Goethe wanted to give the chaos of nature a structure with his definition of the term ‚Urpflanze’ as the primeval picture of all plant species, Loersch also tries to assign every dancing line and every free flying spot of his spacial installation to a higher principal. With this he wants to invite the viewer to find similarities and regularities in a complexe structure and to analyse the underlying principals, which can be found in every physical phenomenon.
Charlotte McGowan-Griffin (1975 UK) however creates fantasy worlds in which birds and butterflies appear next to bizarre creatures, giving a grotesque character to the idyllic plant world. In this way, the elaborately detailed papercuts combine in an ironic manner the romantic fairy-tale aspect of the papercut tradition with the black humor of the modern horror movie.
Frédérique Lucien (1960 France) also deals with floral elements. But her flowers are of reduced simplicity. The title „Xeranthème“ –from Xerantemum , a plant species also known as paper flower- is an intelligent word game between the organic and the paper variant and is also mirrored in the ambiguity of the paperwork, which seems to fade. Also Luciens colourful landscapes and highly abstracted lip silhouttes present the abstract position next to the ornamental works in this exhibition.
Hansjörg Schneider (1960 Germany) characterizes an interest in modernistic structures of architectonic buildings. Like this facade structures, grids and decorative building elements can be found in his papercuts, but which form clear, arranged form constellations. In this exhibition, works of the series „City of grids“ are shown.
Ed Pien (1958 Taiwan/Canada) creates mysterious space layerings. His works „Hokuspokus“ and „Abrakadabra“ are full of secret and magical components, where no front and backrgound of the overlaying structures are visible. The double layering of the paper produces a spacial effect, but which seems impenetrable through the chaotic line tangle of the surface. The abstract labyrinth of lines, which equals an unreadable map, produces a growing feeling of forlorness and disorientation.