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Schichten – Stränge – Stofflichkeiten

14 December 2019 – 2 February 2020

Opening on Friday 13 December at 8 p.m.

The exhibition  „Schichten – Stränge – Stofflichkeiten“ presents the work of three artists, who focus on an act of disassembling, decoding and deconstructing time, space, material and structures merging into a process of reassembling, linking and constructing. This artistic approach is carried out differently and in a completely individual manner. With the different emphasis it directly reflects the respective question of content.

Mirjam Elburn
Esther Hagenmaier
Simona Koch


Mirjam Elburn

»Biester«, installation (24 soapboxes, human hair felted), single box: approx. 10 x 30 x 15 cm, © VG Bild Kunst Bonn

Mirjam Elburn incorporates found and hand-crafted objects, material regarded as rubbish as well as drawing to form site-specific work as well as work-in-progress. The decay—and thereby the past or the time is the actual material.
She uses old, time consuming, manual craft techniques to create often ephemere objects made of found material and since a long time human hair. Those techniques, which are based on a repetitive action, are used sculptural and transferred into a different context.
Elburn is interested in the stories and the experiences behind the material—it is about the constant change, the unpredictable nature.
She gets in touch with all the images and stories within a material or space by tearing it apart and sewing or felting it anew together again.

Esther Hagenmaier

»faltung_01«, colour photography (pigment print) on Aludibond, 89 x 115 cm, © VG Bild Kunst Bonn

Central themes of Esther Hagenmaier's artistic work are space and perception. Using photographic means, the artist creates images that thematize seeing and perception.
She consistently pursues an expanded concept of photography and repeatedly explores the boundaries of the medium.
Esther Hagenmaier deals with questions from abstract, concrete-constructive art - her works also investigate how these can be realized with the medium of photography.
Architecture as a constructed space is an important starting point for her shaped photographies.

Simona Koch

 »Universeller Stammbaum #1«, installation (8,000 m sisal rope, knotted), approx. 3 x 3 x 4 m

Simona Koch is deeply interested in the varieties of the living. Roots, growths, adhesions, life and death, infinity and nothingness - where does life come from and where does it develop, how do living beings relate to one another and what role does man play in this structure?
In her works she explores scientific riddles, playfully and speculatively with artistic strategies. She is particularly interested in invisible connections and networks on which liveliness is based. She has begun to comprehend them and to question the isolation or connectedness of living beings and organic bodies.

concept and organisation: Denise Ritter
text and images: © the artists
images opening: © JS/Künstlerhaus Dortmund

Kindly supported by: Kulturbüro Dortmund, Sparkasse Dortmund, DEW 21