19 February 6-8pm
The risk of entering the unknown
Wednesdays 1-5pm for the duration of the exhibition.
Commune.1 is currently occupied by a dynamic genre of collaborative work, an artistic co-existence between visual and performance artists Vossgatter and Steinert.
Steinert’s on-going performance emerges from an intense 6-year discussion between the artists about the overlaps and unexpected connections between the two seemingly divergent artistic disciplines of visual and performance art. To some, this pairing of painting and performance may seem somewhat unusual; performance art cannot be traditionally bought or sold as one would a tangible artwork and so often exists outside gallery walls. Yet, in Steinert’s ongoing performances, the two become inextricably tied and thus should be read in light of one another. Her process remains wholly organic in its echo of the painting process and its response to both Vossgatter’s paintings and to the gallery and its surrounds. Thus, a powerful emphasis on ‘art doing’ is revealed.
Steinert’s performance/installations alter day-to-day and week-to-week. Traces of previous performances are sometimes left, creating presence in the absence of the performer. Often the left-overs are re-appropriated and re-used in the next act. Viewers can traverse the space and discover the differing stages and moreover, bare witness to the very making, the labouring, which is in fact the art itself. Here we have a marked departure from the strained singular polarity of viewer and object, instead Steinert encourages visitors to engage, interact, shape and mould the process and in doing so she renders her work permanently subject to change and open to observation.
The artists will be present every Wednesday 1-5pm.
Hilla Steinert is active in performance, dance and installation. She was born in 1960 in Preuntsfelden in Germany and currently lives and works in Berlin. Her practice is based in dance and she has created performances for more than 20 years. Space, time, material and the input of her own body are the basis for her artistic work. Above all she is inspired by observation and research into life itself. Her main concern is to retrieve and visualize connections on all levels and her performances are characterized through her ability to establish contact with her audience.
She has realized art projects in Platoon Kunsthalle in Berlin / Germany; TNS Foundation in Gdansk / Poland; Ortart gallery in Nuernberg / Germany; SAVVY Contemporary in Berlin / Germany; MPA Berlin / Germany; International Performance Intermedia Festival in Szczecin / Poland; Art festival in Chemnitz / Germany; 53. Venice Bienale / Italy; Kunstraum Offenbach / Germany; Gallery Wildwechsel in Frankfurt / Germany; NO 10 Performance and Art Festival and many others.
"If there is anything close to my heart, it is to get something growing. In art as in life.
It is inseparably connected. One does not make sense without the other.”