Monday, April 26, 2010

Baroque Worlds and White Cubes

The Baroque [...] curves the folds round and round. Drives them to infinity, fold on fold, fold after fold. The endlessly ongoing fold is a characteristic feature of the Baroque.
- Gilles Deleuze: Le pli. Leibniz et le baroque

Heike Weber is a German artist creating some pretty spectacular installations. They begin in pristine spaces, however as Martin Engler translates "A white cube that only exists as a statement, as an aesthetic backdrop that inevitably vanishes, effaced by the drawing that appears in situ". He explains how in this context, the gesture gains serial dynamism, the momentum encompassing Minimal Art's roots with the physical act of perception, oscillating lines blurring the physical delineation of the architecture.

Dorotheum 300
2007, permanent marker on vinyl floor, 210m sq. 300 years Dorotheum Vienna
photo:Raimo Rudi Rumpler

"With her unerringly orchestrated spatial creations between Minimal Art and the Baroque, between all-over and white cube , Heike Weber establishes a moment of performative dynamization: she circles around her picture plane – half minimalist hallucination, half a slow-motion Pollock – and simultaneously incites the picture plane to circle around the viewer."
- Martin Engler, Freiburg, August 2004 (from the German by Jeanne Haunschild)

Utopia, 2008,
permanent marker on wall, bungle rug,
Rasche Ripken Berlin,
photo:Heike Weber

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