Gear Down

Gear Down
was designed for the original exhibition space - a former gatehouse in Cologne. It emphasizes the contrast between the small building and the larger area of the adjacent parking lot and the associated garage doors. The gates are reflected from the outside in the window of the cabin and are continued in the interior on a paper banner in a painterly manner. Depicted in black and white and initially transferred realistically, the lines become independent in the course of the banner. The painted keyhole becomes larger and larger until on the opposite side of the window through the now wall-sized keyhole, the garage doors can be again recognised realistically painted

On this endless loop one discovers colourful, figurative paintings and their imprints: Hiding behind a leaf, removing masks, looking in the mirror. They represent personal moments and speak for one's own positioning in an ever faster turning world.

The title Gear down is taken from the language of aviation. It describes the moment when the decision to land is made, the landing gear is extended and the landing is initiated.

Installation views at Richas Digest, Cologne, 2018, Photo: Berit Schneidereit

Banners partly wallpapered on the wall, partly hanging freely in the room, ink of different colours on and between tissue papers, glued in three to four layers, approx 170 x 1600 cm, 2018

The Ceiling Piece

Nine paper sheets are installed in parallel about one yard beneath the ceiling of the space. They overlap gently and form a layer that covers the entire ceiling. The result is a soft and irregular white surface with painted black lines on top of it. The lines alternate between abstract forms and figurative expressions.

After focusing on the faces for too long, one is forced to look away, as the body has become dizzy due to the rather unnatural way of standing and tilting the head backwards. What remains is the memory of what you have seen only a few minutes before.

Installation views at Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, 2015, Photo: Mena Moskopf
Black ink on tissue paper, bonded up to four layers, nine sheets of 300 x 220 cm each, 2015