Meisterschülerausstellung der HfK Bremen. Karin Hollweg Preis 2018
The title MESH already hints at it: Art can also be understood as a fabric that connects and holds together. It is about meaningful references and connections in which the relationship between subject and community, between individual settings and their tense coexistence comes into view. This interconnectedness and interweaving serves as a model of thought for the master student exhibition of the Hochschule für Künste Bremen 2018. This year, 14 artists present their latest works. Represented is the entire medial breadth from drawing, painting, and sculpture to expansive installations, video, performance, and a kinetic sound object. MESH thus provides a multifaceted insight into the quality and diversity of Bremen’s current art scene. A special highlight on the opening evening is the awarding of the Karin Hollweg Prize.
The artistic range of the exhibition is exemplified by four positions:
A large Buddha head made of earth, a self-forged sword and a video showing remarkable cloud formations – Anand Angarag brings together seemingly disparate elements in a fascinating way. With his installation “emulating archetypes” he explores the question of how we appropriate the world. How do religion, culture and philosophy affect our thoughts and actions in a time of increasingly complex media reality?
Hannes Middelberg is interested in the connection between sound, drawing and object. With simple means he constructs drawing machines that are driven by small motors. They perform constantly recurring patterns of movement that are acoustically amplified and made audible. Despite the seemingly improvised setups, these works are the result of many years of aesthetic research in the field of experimental sound art. A selection of drawings complements the latest work.
Oliver Krebeck has created a series of minimalist objects in recent years. They are concrete casts in various shapes and sizes, which he initially places in urban spaces, where skaters prefer to use them. Only later are they transferred to the exhibition context as autonomous sculptures. Color abrasions and traces of weathering are deliberately preserved. In the Weserburg, Krebeck installs several robust blocks that separate segments of space from one another, blocking passages and thus enabling new visual axes and paths.
Sanda Zvaigzne presents a series of drawings in which she takes up pictorial motifs from a wide variety of fields and combines them with one another in a sketchy manner. It is primarily art historical references that she makes part of her own artistic practice and develops further. The collage-like synopsis can be seen as an artistic image archive that brings to view in an exciting way contrasting aspects between appropriation and re-creation.
Curated by Ingo Clauß, Weserburg | Museum für moderne Kunst
Anand Angarag, David Hepp, Oliver Krebeck, Gustavo Méndez López, Hannes Middelberg, Helena Otto, Candan Öztürk, Mari Lena Rapprich, Franz Reimer, Zhe Wang, Fritz Laszlo Weber, Linhan Yu, Annahita Zielonka und Sanda Zvaigzne.
Karin Hollweg Prize 2018
Endowed with 15,000 euros, the Karin Hollweg Prize is one of the most important promotional prizes at German art colleges. It is made possible thanks to the generous support of the Karin and Uwe Hollweg Foundation. Half of the prize money is reserved for an institutional solo exhibition in Bremen.
Prof. Dr. Christoph Grunenberg, Kunsthalle Bremen
Peter Friese, Weserburg | Museum of Modern Art
Dr. Arie Hartog, Gerhard Marcks House
Janneke de Vries, GAK Society for Contemporary Art
Nadja Quante, Künstlerhaus Bremen
Dr. Ingmar Lähnemann, Municipal Gallery Bremen
Wolfgang Hainke, Artist