CONVEX CONCAVE CONVEX CONCAVE GROOVED FACE
2018

Four slim, tall objects mounted on the wall – abstracted forms two with a convex, two with a concave bent face – examine the performative presence of architectural elements through a formal inversion, the positioning within a given built space and the vitality of the material surface.
The bent sides of the objects each show a fine grooved texture, with ribs covered with sand and the precise grooves of a blade’s width appearing white inbetween. Disruptions in the material image pop up here and there. Profile-like openings and hollows in the other, plaster white sides of the objects break up the clear form and shape a spatial transition between the object bodies and the supporting wall.

Curve and counter-curve establish a relation between the forms which, however, does not comply with an exact geometrical inversion. With the failing of formal self reference, the objects become capable of connecting with an imagined or present architectural context. One may think of facade structures as well as elements of interior building. A movement over the length of the wall is created through the alternating convex and concave shapes, reminding of the rhythmization and spatialization of facades provoked by compositional or constructive elements which protrude and recede. References to a constructive organization are reinforced by the objects’ interaction with the dimensions of the high wall, set under tension by the position of hanging.
The scale and fragile materiality of the grooved surface challenge minimalist concepts as well as functional ascriptions and reveal the surface as a micro space of exchange, reactions and emergence: in the directed meeting of materials and their behavior following own dynamics in the moment of casting, and as well in the oscillation between reading in search of order and the flickering of the grains.

4 objects on the wall // Modelling plaster, river sand
201 x 33.5 x 9 cm each

Exhibition view: Kunsthaus Centre d‘art Pasquart, Biel/Bienne, 2018