Show Window Exhibition #7:
16th of April 2021 - 14th of May 2021
Monday through Friday, 10 AM - 5 PM
Emser Str. 124 on the corner of Ilsestr.
The SIMULACRUM exhibition cycle continues with images in our show windows looking out onto the street. As the WerkStadt is not yet able to do exhibitions inside the project space that are open to the public due to COVID-19, fittingly the artworks will look out into the surrounding neighborhood.
"Focusing on the daily objects and their otherworldly quality that mediate the body, my work creates sculpture and painting with a mix of fables and consumer pop culture. I believe among these characters in my work, each of them has its own life and attitude like a human. Some are interactive and meant to be close to people, some infer hyperactivity and anxiety, some are lonely, some infer hybrid and iconic imagery from the mass media. By re-identifying the functionality and transforming the visual forms of everyday objects – both scavenged and the branded icons – I attempt to construct the figures’ latent identities and personalities in familiar situations when observed from a whimsical angle. Desire, loneliness, love, hate, anxiety, power, I believe they are all at the core of human nature and can be externalized poetically through the relationship between the character’s body and the objects on it.
I intend to choose residues of human interactions – clothes, CD box, flyers, socks, trumpet with cigarette, loofah, fibre, as well as industrial materials, such as steel, wire, and plywood. When everyday objects integrate with iconic consumer products on a character’s body, for me the intersection between these two opposite concepts are contradictory and yet precise reflections of our hybrid modern life. To integrate elements until creating a multilayered visual system or a vibe for the characters so they can tell their stories to make the audience rethink of our daily life."
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*The WerkStadt as an art project space is partially funded (structural costs) in 2020-2021 by the Berlin Senate for Culture & Europe.