DECONSTRUCTION AS A TRACE | SOPHIE-CHARLOTTE BOMBECK

“Do Not Cross The Border”
Veronika Wenger 2015
155 x 150 cm, marker, tape, spray and pencil on paper

Black, white, lines weaving in and out of each other, centripetal and centrifugal forces, rhythms, dynamically flowing, positive and negative traces; remains. Between found and invented, unconscious and conscious, past and present, between the original and alienated, Veronika Wenger‘s works reveal to us a sensual insight.

Outlines and volumes of a woman‘s body, of a dancer barely recognizable — the plastic appears only as a formal quality. The physical not only determines our perception; the physical is found on the side of the perceived. The abstract drawings make it clear that the body has by no means been abolished, but (only) the modalities of its representation have been transformed.

The drawings by Wenger can be seen, as if listening to them read out in another language that evokes both linear and open spatial surfaces, to put it somewhat paradoxically. Her works oscillate between a free figurativeness that is devoid of any description of the object and a poetizing representationalism of often only vaguely hinted at architectures, figures or language. The possibilities of drawing are carefully explored: linear and coloured movements, rhythmic structures, still and delicate, dynamic and rapid. But the drawings on paper, MDF and cardboard show nothing of the physical reality, they are not even abstract in the sense that they are a shortage of something found, they are simply non-representational. On a monochrome ground, lines, fleeting strokes, are to be found, which draw, cross and circle. Colour is added, but remains locally limited — which makes them all the more expressive.

 

“Besen”
Veronika Wenger 2019
60 x 50 cm, marker, pencil, tape on MDF

They are fragments, signs, forms, traces, letters and lines of a mental, inner world. It is the presence and absence of the trace, its appearance and disappearance, its storage and being remembered, or its loss and lost absence that draws us under the spell of her works.

The proximity of memory to writing, one of her vehicles, is obvious. Writing frees daily facts of life from the vortex of forgetting. At the same time, however, it translates all primary experiences (what we see before one another), what we experience, even the shaking of love and death. Thus the works appear as a meaningful juxtaposition of chaos and straightforwardness that creates a dialogue between memories of traces, choreography, dance or performance. A cosmos of connections and references that can be found again and again in the serial works. A continuous element is the line, which both separates and connects. The emotional-objective lines, whose beautiful autonomy can be addictive, frees the line from the ground or the ground from the line, and yet both are preserved. It connects the visible forms to an endless connection between inside and outside, surface and form. It reinforces a symmetry of depth dimension. Through its rhythmic division, the experience of depth, movement, the conscious and the unconscious is created, whereby the works not least gain in temporality.

Sophie-Charlotte Bombeck
Munich 2020

Text published in the catalog:
VERONIKA WENGER | DIE LINIE / THE LINE

 

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VERONIKA WENGER | RHYTHM SECTION DIYARBAKIR PASAJ

Veronika Wenger, for one drink, 2020
Full HD

RHYTHM
SECTION
DIYARBAKIR
PASAJ


Online Exhibition Date: 31.12.2020
Time: 20:00 (Central European Time: 18:00) 
LINK: https://bit.ly/2YvBqvx

ANNEKE BOSMA
IEMKE VAN DIJK
DANIEL GEIGER
LON GODIN
MICHAEL GRAEVE
DAVID KEFFORD
OLEKSIY KOVAL
GUIDO NIEUWENDIJK
SERENA SEMERARO
MIRCO TARSI
VERONIKA WENGER
MICHAEL WRIGHT
WRIGHT & VAN ‘T HOOG


Project Coordinators:
REMZI SEVER @remzisever
BARIŞ SEYITVAN @barisseyitvan
UĞUR ORHAN @ugrorhn
MURAT KARTAL @_muratkartal


PASSAGE: A GATHERING OF COLLECTIVES 


Merkezkaç Art Collective is organizing a meeting of collectives after the “Encounters” exhibition that it co-operated with Space for Culture. With the principle of “unity is strength”, it brings together the art collectives and initiatives operating in various cities in Turkey and abroad. The collectives that come together in the project discuss the social issues such as identity, power, ecology, alienation, migration together with the current problems of contemporary art and try to make suggestions for possible solutions.

The exhibition aims to work on and determine the changes that collectives create through their own art practices in the centre and periphery (off-center) and aims to revive the dialogue environment by discussing the problems of the collectives together. It is among the goals of the project to shed light on the problems of the new collectives and to provide new perspectives to the young artist candidates.

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VERONIKA WENGER | KARŞI SANAT ÇALIŞMALARI ISTANBUL

Sechshundertviertausendachthundert Sekunden
Veronika Wenger, 2007
Marker on paper
100 x 160 cm
Karşi Sanat Çalişmalari Istanbul 2020
Sechshundertviertausendachthundert Sekunden (Detail)
Veronika Wenger 2007
Marker on paper
100 x 160 cm
Sechshundertviertausendachthundert Sekunden (Detail)
Veronika Wenger 2007
Marker on paper
100 x 160 cm

Sechshundertviertausendachthundert Sekunden (Detail)
Veronika Wenger 2007
Marker on paper
100 x 160 cm
Sechshundertviertausendachthundert Sekunden
Veronika Wenger 2007
Marker on paper
100 x 160 cm
Karşi Sanat Çalişmalari Istanbul 2020
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VERONIKA WENGER | PLATFORMS PROJECT ATHENS

Self Correction
Veronika Wenger, 2020
Digital drawing

RHYTHM
SECTION
AMBIGUOUS
UNAMBIGUOUS

PLATFORMS
PROJECT
ATHENS
2020

DANIEL GEIGER
MICHAEL GRAEVE
HENRIËTTE VAN ’T HOOG
DAVID KEFFORD
OLEKSIY KOVAL
GUIDO NIEUWENDIJK
SERENA SEMERARO
XIAO TANG
VERONIKA WENGER
MICHAEL WRIGHT

Curated by SOPHIE-CHARLOTTE BOMBECK

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An omnipresence and invisibility of a phenomenon of our time is the digital – not the information age per se, but its novelty and revolutionary power in all areas of life up to art and art production. Like air and water, the digital is now noticed by its absence rather than its presence. Computers are a comprehensive but invisible part of our everyday life.

In our exhibition ‚ambiguous unambiguous‘ we wanted to presents both analogue and digital works by the artists and juxtaposes the respective positions. Not to be confined by the greatest, yet to be contained within the smallest is a definition, which declared the enterprise of the artists group Rhythm Section. The substantive trait, which linked the artists of the group Rhythm Section in their works is the commitment to a hyper reflexivity in dealing with the rhythm, not as a compulsion, but as an original constant. The clear handling of the rhythm allows an endless variety of individual variations.
Thereby the exhibition deals with the topic of new, analogue-digital combinations.

What does the advent of digital mean for art production? What does it mean when “new media”, which were celebrated for several decades in special festivals and institutions, have lost innovation? Is this a sustainable effect whose potential cannot yet be assessed? Which genre-spanning methods can be extracted from the field of “new media” and transferred into thinking figures that reach beyond it?

Due to the current situation and the circumstances of these times, we have decided to show one digital work of each artist in the digital show of the fair 2020 and have renounced the analog counterpart in form of a digital image. Art is always an expression of its time and the environment in which it is created. Instead of the planned juxtaposition of the two types of work, we invite you now more than ever to explore the very different digital means, materials, forms and formats used by the artists. We hope to be able to present the juxtaposition of both analogue and digital at the fair in 2021.

Sophie-Charlotte Bombeck

www.rhythmsection.de

Now in its eighth consecutive year, Platforms Project is the international show that indicatively charts the art currently produced through collective initiatives by young artists on the international scene as they join forces to seek answers to contemporary artistic questions.

Platforms Project establishes a new approach to art viewing via Platforms Project Net, a web-based art fair.

We stay at home but we continue to create and bring together the voices of the independent art scene, demonstrating the power of art and technology.

The Platforms Project Net will enable the art-loving public to access the artists’ groups and their works via a digital exhibition. Viewers can try a new experience by visiting the Platforms Project website for 15 days, from 14 to 31 May 2020 at www.platformsproject.com

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