I came, saw - and paused
Three artists, three paths, one goal: New exhibition at Haus Beda in Bitburg is open until July - photos Figures in Dialogue
(Bitburg / Wittlich) break from the restlessness of everyday life: has designed the new exhibition "The World as Stage", the Wittlicher art historian Ute Bopp-Schumacher for Haus Beda, plays with opposites - be driven or stop, sink into the moment or a target chase.
Bitburg / Wittlich. All are in a hurry. Have much to do, feel very important or quite small. Move on the streets of their lives, lost in thought. His head full with what was or what could be. Rarely with what is just. Gudrun Kemsa begins with her photographs street scenes in New York. Recorded in the midday sun: lots of light, hardly any shade.
Kemsa shows people standing in front of the windows of chic boutiques, is laden with bags, make their way through the crowd, rushing with briefcase out of the office, roadside puffing a cigarette while waiting for the bus - or that the life goes on anyway.
Lost in the Moment
A bit of Manhattan comes with these images in the Eifel. The matching video installation at the entrance to the gallery. About the screen flickers the Big Apple in many cityscapes. But it is not about New York or Paris, where Kemsa has also photographed. She composes her street scenes. There are snapshots that lead beyond the moment. Open sight of itinerancy as well as the transience of the moment. It begins a journey inward.
Completely immersed in Now people representing Carole Feuerman in her sculptures are. Women and men who just float, rise out of the water or glide in the next moment into the water. Busts, which are made so hyper realistic that the drops of water - more moment is not - roll off them. These swimmers, all have their eyes closed or wearing swimming goggles are completely immersed in the moment - a contrast to the people in the photographs of Kemsa, deliberately plays with the curator Ute Bopp-Schumacher.
Despite the perfection in presentation these sculptures seem not scary or threatening, but radiate a wonderful relaxation from. You feel comfortable around her," says Bopp-Schumacher. The sculptures show very attractive people. But its real beauty lies behind the surface. Otherwise they were made "only" brilliant. But in their faces is an inner satisfaction expressed that attracts fascinated. The happiness perfect to bathe at the moment, not to sink into the moment and refreshed reappear.
The busts staged before photographs of Gudrun Kemsa Bopp-Schumacher. Pool landscapes large hotel, surrounded by palm trees, taken at night. Deserted, bathed in artificial light, they seem almost surreal. Are these the landscapes that will see the float before her eyes closed? What is the landscape of her soul out well?
Next, in the heart of the gallery, there are back road pictures Kemsa. This time set in scene with figures of Veronika Veit. Small, significant works that seem to await the visitor. This received. They sit on the, for them a little too big, bank, look at the pictures, are traveling in space as the people in the photographs. Their stage is the gallery, the streets of New York and Paris.
"The World as Stage" has called her exhibition Bopp-Schumacher. Here the title is within reach. The figures represent by their posture, their clothes and the way they are positioned in space, types, how they will be found also among the guests of the vernissage.
The figures appear in dialogue with the people in the photographs and also with the visitors themselves. "They are a mirror," says Bopp-Schumacher. What can take away from this exhibition, visitors in their opinion, is difficult to put into words: "I thought that one of their own resting and thoughtlessness is aware yourself asks where you actually go in life - and what makes those moments. where you are at one with yourself and the world. "
Gudrun Kemsa born in 1961 in Datteln (NRW), lives in Dusseldorf, where she studied at the Art Academy. Since 2001 she is a professor of film and photography at the Hochschule Niederrhein in Krefeld. Her work is all about movement. You once said that it plunges the busiest locations when shooting in total peace. Carole Feuerman, born in 1945, works on her art studies, she completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts, since 1979 as a freelance artist in New York. From 6 May they be seen in New York in the C24 Gallery in a solo exhibition. Her works embody, on its own serenity, tranquility, purity and passion. Veronika Veit, born in 1968 in Munich, in 1995 completed their studies of Fine Arts in Munich. With their figures, which are about three feet high on average, they feel for similarities and differences, uncertainties poses or just the particular idiosyncrasies of the people.