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Franka Hörnschemeyer, "Aufenthaltswahrscheinlichkeit"

Berlin, September 02nd - October 07th, 2006
Image No. 1 of Franka Hörnschemeyer

Installation shot, Galerie Nordenhake, 2006

 
Galerie Nordenhake is pleased to present a solo show with new works by the German artist Franka Hörnschemeyer. The artists main subject is space - and by addressing the viewer's relation to unperceived aspects of space and by her very unique method of using building material she confronts us with a new spatial experience, challenging our understanding of architecture. The artist's definition of space is not a traditional one: matter and space are equal. The material she uses originates from an architectural context: sheetrock, form-work panels, shuttering plywood and are here re-used in order to produce new ensembles.

Her work Dia (2006) consists of a room-like installation, which is accessible from two sides and obstructs the visitor's view into and inside the gallery. The sheetrock - that show obvious traces of the construction process - originates from three of her earlier installations:  Trockenbau. Fassadenraum (1990), GKB 250 (2005) and Trockenbau. Durch 100 x 3,3 (1989). The artist alludes to different layers of time and place entangled in her work, in order to compress the experience of time and space. Her other work, Visum (2006), a hanging installation made of shuttering plywood that swings when touched, creates a vital tension to the first one, and its white colour and vibrant surface texture.


In another work, Dresden, Neustadt (2000), Hörnschemeyer presents twelve platinum prints made in Dresden. These small photographs depict impressions of places in this East German city, which has been left untouched by the reunification process. Even here, the artist explores issues of space and architecture. The brownish platinum prints remind the viewer of sepia tinted photographs from the 19th century, in a strategy to merge various layers of time and place in a single work.  


The title of the show, "Aufenthaltswahrscheinlichkeit", which means ‘probability of finding,' refers to Quantum Physics and describes the probality to find a quantum in a specific region. In the figurative sense Hörnschemeyer expresses this unstable dimension, where something is likely to happen, but not at all certain. With her art she invites us to reconsider our idea of space and to experience a new sense of an architectural landscape.

  
Image No. 2 of Franka Hörnschemeyer

  Dia, 1989/1990/2005/2006, sheetrock, approx. 225 x 716 x 306 cm.

 
Image No. 3 of Franka Hörnschemeyer

Dia, 1989/1990/2005/2006, sheetrock, approx. 225 x 716 x 306 cm. View through the gallery window, shot by the artist.

 
Image No. 4 of Franka Hörnschemeyer

Dia, 1989/1990/2005/2006, sheetrock, approx. 225 x 716 x 306 cm. Shot from inside the installation with visitor.

 
Image No. 5 of Franka Hörnschemeyer

  Dresden, Neustadt, 2000, series of 12 platinum prints, each 21,8 x 28 cm (edition of 3).

 
Image No. 6 of Franka Hörnschemeyer

  Visum, 2006, 27 elements of shuttering plywood, dimensions variable.

 
Image No. 7 of Franka Hörnschemeyer

Visum, 2006, 27 elements of shuttering plywood, dimensions variable.





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