The artist has worked with a wide range of materials including aluminum, synthetics, rubber, and, most recently, a venerable staple of sculpture: bronze. More often than not, her own body, or parts of it, are part of the creative process as well. Yet however different Maurer’s sculptures, drawings, watercolors, photographs, installations, performances, and video projections may be, space is a constant point of reference in her work—space as familiar terrain as well as regions yet to be explored: open, undefined, precarious passages play a crucial role in her art.
Carsten Nicolai uses patterns, series, codes, grids, mathematical equations, televisions, computers, neon tubes, and other devices. He visualizes phenomena that are usually invisible to the human eye, such as magnetic fields, and works with and against gravity. Nicolai considers the world to be his laboratory and his art can be seen as his experiments.
The delicate and tenuous constructions, which often derive from graphical creations, assimilate to a wide variety of contexts, braving sun, wind, and rain and absorbing their influence. Such fragility and mutability, the artist believes, are the only genuine expressions of vigor, resilience, and life. Kessler first rose to renown in the late 1980s with her carousel and wing constructions, seemingly weightless painted cutouts she suspended from rotating scaffolds and colorful streamers stretched over aluminum poles that conquered space.
A nun working on a piece of embroidery, a face obscured by flowers—these are only some of the motifs the German-Bulgarian artist Oda Jaune (b. Sofia, 1979; lives and works in Paris) presents in her second monograph. The new watercolors, created between 2013 and 2015, explore the idea of the “social mask” and depict characters going through a personal transformation. The oeuvre of the young painter, who was Jörg Immendorff’s master student at the Academy of Fine Arts in Düsseldorf and later his wife, has drawn wide attention in recent years.
The illustrations show ca. 30 works, accompanied by observations derived from Ulrich Loock’s conversations with Joanna Kordjak, Dominic van den Boogerd, and Luc Tuymans. Tuymans also discusses the selection in an interview with Anda Rottenberg. Ulrich Loock has contributed an extensive discussion of the three artists’ oeuvres.