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Dreams and Disappointments | Groupshow

19.12.2014 - 21.02.2015

Stefan Kürten, Bialobrzeski, Jyrki Parantainen, Ina Weber, Thomas Wrede


Cities are spaces both for living and for economic activity. What scope do they offer for dreams and for change? What kind of space   do they provide? How does living in a small town or a metropolis change people?

Each of the five artists exhibited here touches upon these issues in their own individual manner. In his images of architectural fantasies, the Düsseldorf painter Stefan Kürten (*1963) takes up the theme of the attraction and repulsion of houses, stylising one`s own house as a symbol: “The house reiterates the borderline between security and abandonment and threat that also runs between individual subjects and the world that surrounds them” (Stefan Berg).

The photographic artist Thomas Wrede (*1963) represents cities and settlements as spaces offering scope for projection. Wrede’s series “Domestic Landscapes” show private houses with photographic wallpaper which turn into a romantic or cliched location.

This theme is taken up by the sculptures of Ina Weber (*1964), who also includes the transience of architectural fashion in her work, causing us to ponder, as Katja Blomberg writes on the exhibition in the Haus am Waldsee, “what possessions, value, consumption, humour, sustainability, time and change mean for us today.”

In his photo-series “Case Study Homes” from 2008, Peter Bialobrzeski (*1961) studied the urban structure of housing, that is squeezed in between two container terminals in Manila. These bizarre constructions made from various waste materials, honor men’s creativity building themselves a home.

While the four German artists use architecture as a way of dealing with urban spaces and the people that bring them to life, the gaze of Finnish photographer Jyrki Parantainen (*1962) focuses directly on human beings. His eponymous photograph “Dreams & Disappointments” shows a monolithic skyscraper, surrounded by words such as “hope”, “secret” or “birth”; in its palpable ambivalence, it stands as a symbol both of awakening and of resignation.



Stefan Kürten Phantom view, 2014 Ink and Acrylic on paper 29,7 x 21 cm

 
Stefan Kürten
Phantom view, 2014
Ink and Acrylic on paper
29,7 x 21 cm

Stefan Kürten Blank, 2014 Ink and Acrylic on paper 29,7 x 21cm

 
Stefan Kürten
Blank, 2014
Ink and Acrylic on paper
29,7 x 21cm


Ina Weber_ Minigolfbahn (Busstop), 2014 Concrete, Ceramics, Glass, Wood, Metal, Plastering 44 x 361 x 101 cm

 
Ina Weber_
Minigolfbahn (Busstop), 2014
Concrete, Ceramics, Glass, Wood, Metal, Plastering
44 x 361 x 101 cm

F1, Chez Stone, 2012 Watercolor, Pencil, Crayon on Pergamin 119 x 84 cm

 
F1, Chez Stone, 2012
Watercolor, Pencil, Crayon on Pergamin
119 x 84 cm


Peter Bialobrzeski Case Study Homes #48, 2008 C-Type Print 24 x 30 cm

 
Peter Bialobrzeski
Case Study Homes #48, 2008
C-Type Print
24 x 30 cm

Peter Bialobrzeski Case Study Homes #03, 2008 C-Type Print 24 x 30 cm

 
Peter Bialobrzeski
Case Study Homes #03, 2008
C-Type Print
24 x 30 cm


Thomas Wrede Seagul in Front of Manhattan, 2001 Pigment Print on Fine Art Paper 92 x 80 cm

 
Thomas Wrede
Seagul in Front of Manhattan, 2001
Pigment Print on Fine Art Paper
92 x 80 cm

Thomas Wrede Stehlampe und Kissen vor Gebirgslandschaft, 2000 Floor Lamp and Pillow in Front of Mountains Pigment Print on Fine Art Paper 92 x 74 cm

 
Thomas Wrede
Stehlampe und Kissen vor Gebirgslandschaft, 2000
Floor Lamp and Pillow in Front of Mountains
Pigment Print on Fine Art Paper
92 x 74 cm



 
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