Higher Institute for
9000 Gent, Belgium
Hoger Instituut voor
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Astrid Busch // Judith Karcheter // Max Sudhues
<strong>Opening: Friday, April 9, 2010, 7 – 10 p.m.</strong>
April 10 – May 8, 2010, Wed. – Sat. 2 – 7 p.m.
Friday, April 23, 2010, 8 p.m., performance by Judith Karcheter, "Helen, Barnum and Bright", afterwards: talk with all participating artists and guests
"The rain transforms spiderwebs in the forest into nets of diamonds."
(Erhard H. Bellermann)
Words evoke images that are charged with meaning. The term "drizzle" refers to a light rain falling in fine drops that often restricts visibility.
Read metaphorically, "drizzle" could refer to a condition in which our perceptions are fragmentary at best, interfering with our ability to definitively categorize common, everyday perceptions. Our view of the familiar is obstructed, muddled, undermined, engulfed by unfamiliar experiences. Between unmediated experience, emotional entanglement and unexpected memories, new associative narratives emerge. Something is shifted, brought to light in a different way and thereby enriched with projections and fantasies. A sphere is opened up in which reality and fiction – consciously or unconsciously – are mysteriously interwoven.
Using photography, light collage, film installation and performance, Astrid Busch, Judith Karcheter and Max Sudhues transform the exhibition space into an open and imaginary setting akin to a theatrical environment, in which the actual space of the exhibition situation, the composed image and the constructed reality of the viewer all interact. In the charged field between the staged and the seemingly documentary, the associative montages of images are condensed into a poetic whole that refers to something while remaining impenetrable and open to a range of interpretations. The absence of language appeals to those irrational faculties that can be articulated only with difficulty: memory, imagination and feeling. The pieces resemble landscapes of feeling that both enchant and disenchant. Within them, we move without haste on dreamy waves, below us the menace of what is hidden underneath.
Astrid Busch's (b. 1968, lives in Berlin) medium is photography and film. Her works enter into a dialogue with real space, expanding and transforming it into the fictional. Her starting points are often rooms or buildings, which become spaces of premonition and memory through the suggestive play of light and shadow. New narratives arise in the viewer's head, in which reality and fiction lie side by side.
Narratives are hidden behind Judith Karcheter's (b. 1974, lives in Berlin) pieces as well. Names and references to people appear again and again above the titles, serving as points of departure for backdrop-like settings, photos, collages and performances. Fragments of souvenirs and found objects from the protagonists are gradually incorporated into a many-layered projection between real experience and fiction.
Max Sudhues (b. 1977, lives in Berlin) constructs collage-like projections, animated silhouettes of everyday objects with which he plumbs specific exhibition spaces, human (and man-made) inside and outside worlds, allegories that shift in an instant from poetic to menacing, and the vague, nearly indescribable realm between dream and nightmare.
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