Sophie Bélair Clément
In their installations and performances, Awst & Walther reflect on the spectrum of relations between body, image and space. The artists prefer to work with materials that are based on organic ingredients like gelatine, and with industrially manufactured construction materials such as glass, metal or plaster.
In Künstlerhaus Bethanien the visitor is greeted by Awst & Walther’s new installation immediately after entering: many round holes are punched out of two large-format, reflecting sheets of metal opposite one another; a fragmentary view quasi through the mirror is permitted as a result. When the visitor enters the space between the mirrors, he looks into an endless, chaotic sequence of fragmented images and reflections of the mirror, the room, the world outside the window and, of course, himself. At this moment he completes the work with his presence while simultaneously being catapulted into an unexpected, disturbing panorama that challenges the limits of his perception.
The installation in the next room, which functions as the second component of the work “The Hole”, also takes up this narration and fragments perspectives by playing with delineations, surfaces and sections.
Manon Awst and Benjamin Walther have been working together under the name Awst & Walther since 2006.
03.12. – 19.12.2010
Tue - Sun: 2 - 7pm
7 - 10 pm
Awst & Walther are currently participating in our International Studio Programme and hold fellowships from the Henry Moore Foundation and Wales International.