KÜNSTLERHAUS

BETHANIEN

Exhibition

Sara Rönnbäck

Liminal Observations

Sara Rönnbäck, Liminal Observations, 2021. Courtesy the artist

In Liminal Observations, the artist Sara Rönnbäck deals with changes of materials in urban space, as well as in nature. Her sculptures and installations are reminiscent of plastiglomerates, a term used to describe the coming and holding together of different sediments by means of molten plastic. Like the striking “bowerbird”, which sorts and collects the same colour or shape to decorate its futuristic-looking nest, Rönnbäck searches for material in her surroundings and transports it to her studio, where the blossoms, leaves, twigs or stones, as well as plastic parts or bottle tops are then examined for their potential. A floor work that runs through the room in organic, flowing forms becomes the setting for her hybrid sculptures, which were created from her collection. As in much of her work, the relationships between time, body and space are central.

“Liminality” as an anthropological term is currently undergoing a major revival. Originally, it described the threshold state in which individuals or groups find themselves after they have ritually detached themselves from one system in order to be able to accept new ones. In view of the drastic ecological changes we are confronted with, reception is expanding away from the individual towards a holistic understanding of the liminal conditions in our environment. In this sense, the exhibition provides a very personal insight into what the artist perceives to be an ongoing evolution. In addition to the expansive installation, Rönnbäck displays her journal in an intimate setting, revealing notes, photographs and studies of her recent experiences between asphalt-covered Berlin and the nature outside her home in the Swedish provinces, near the Norwegian border.

Sara Rönnbäck *1988, lives in Oslo and Värmland, Sweden. Her recent exhibitions include Ephemeral Situations, NoPlace, Oslo (2017), Box Summer Studio, Röhsska Museum, Gothenburg, Consciousness in the Time of Kairos, Kurant, Tromsø (2018), Fragile Times, Galerie im Körnerpark, Berlin (2020). Since 2015, she has been working with Daniel Slåttnes on the project Conversation between Bodies, which has been shown in various formats at BOA, Atelier Nord and RAM Galleri in Oslo, Kunstmuseet in Nord-Trønderlag, Aldea in Bergen, Rackstadmuseet Arvika and Oppland Kunstsenter, Lillehammer, among other places. Her upcoming exhibitions will be shown at Kongsvinger Kunstforening (2021) and Kunstnerforbundet, Oslo (2022). Sara Rönnbäck is a grantee of the Office for Contemporary Art Norway-OCA.

Exhibition
01.10. – 24.10.2021
Tue - Sun: 2 - 7pm
Admission free