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Waterkant

12 December 2020  – 7 February 2021

Opening on Friday 11 December at 8 p.m.

Aurel Dahlgrün, Lena von Goedeke and Astrid Nobel share a particular interest in dealing with border areas. Their artistic handling of border areas finds expression spatially, materially as well as narratively. The basic framework that connects Dahlgrün's, von Goedeke's and Nobel's work is the element of water. In his photographic and installation works, Dahlgrün deals with the spatial present, in particular transition situations and polarities – such as surface and depth, top and bottom view, inside and outside – as well as the fascination of the imponderable, and the fantasies about the hidden world under the water surface. Von Goedeke's most recent works are also shaped by experiences of the imponderable, as well as the inhospitable and the ephemeral, which she has collected during several stays in the Arctic and which can be found in her installations, photographs and videos. Nobel's works are an expression of a confrontation with time and contradictions as well as with border areas and transitions between different places and habitats. Nobel uses found and collected materials, such as sand from the North Sea coast – sometimes contaminated by spilled oil –, to integrate and reinterpret them in her work. She transforms the materials of the border area between water and land to create new spaces of experience and reflection. A metaphor unites the border crossings of Dahlgrün, Goedeke and Nobel, which are explored in the exhibition: Waterkant.

Artists
Aurel Dahlgrün
Lena von Goedeke
Astrid Nobel



Aurel Dahlgrün

Lotrichtung I, 2019

Aurel Dahlgrün (* 1989 Berlin) grew up in Småland, Sweden, and has lived in Düsseldorf since 2011, where he completed his studies in photography at the art academy under Prof. Christopher Williams in 2018. Dahlgrün deals with the medium of photography in a variety of ways: He revives old techniques, reinterprets them and performs as many steps as possible by himself. He translates the photographic images into various forms, such as in photo etchings, in particular heliogravures on partly self-made paper, in installations, gelatin silver prints on baryta paper or artist books. Dahlgrün explores the spatial present, especially transition situations. He is particularly interested in the element of water. In his photographic and installation work, Dahlgrün primarily deals with the spatial present, in particular transition situations and polarities – such as surface and depth space, top and bottom view, inside and outside – as well as the fascination of the imponderable, the fantasies about the hidden world under the water surface. In 2015 Aurel Dahlgrün received the Hogan Lovells Art Award and in 2018 the Ehrenhof Prize for the best graduation of the Düsseldorf Art Academy.
www.aureldahlgruen.com


Lena von Goedeke

Habitable Zone I, 2019

Lena von Goedeke (* 1983) lives and works in Berlin. She finished her studies at the art academies in Münster and Düsseldorf in 2013. Von Goedeke has received numerous prizes and grants for her work, including the DEW21 Art Prize and the Arctic Circle Residency 2018. Von Goedeke's most recent works are shaped by experiences of the imponderable, as well as the inhospitable and the ephemeral, which she collected during several stays in the Arctic and which are found in installations, photographs and videos. Von Goedeke is dealing with borders and border areas, whereby climate change plays a central role as does personal experience in one of the most inhospitable habitats on earth.


Astrid Nobel

Raise / Subside, 2019, photo: melklokaal

Astrid Nobel (* 1983) was born on the island Ameland, NL. She graduated from Academie Minerva in Groningen in 2007, after which she attended the postgraduate program DNA at De Vrije Academie in The Hague. She currently is a resident at the Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten in Amsterdam. Her sculptures and installations focus on the in-between. Time, memory, opposites and borders or transitory areas are recurring themes. Nobel's works are an expression of a confrontation with time and contradictions as well as with border areas and transitions between different places and habitats. Nobel uses found and collected materials, such as sand from the North Sea coast – sometimes contaminated by spilled oil –, to integrate and reinterpret them in her work. She transforms the materials of the border area between water and land to create new spaces of experience and reflection.



concept und organisation:Benedikt Fahrnschon, Alexander Rütten, Jana Kerima Stolzer
text and images:© the artists

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