The exhibition features works by five different female painters and one video artist who all live and work in the studio space Salzmannbau in Düsseldorf. The exhibition title “Space 42” refers to the Douglas Adams’s novel “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy”. In the novel, ‘42’ is the computer-generated answer to the Ultimate Question of Life, the Universe, and Everything. In the end, no one can understand the answer because no one fully remembers what the original question was.
A new Space of Reflection was founded as part of the preparations for the exhibition in the painter town of Schwalenberg. The artists met to visit each other’s studios and exhibitions and to intensify the mutual dialogue. Such long-term exchange between artists which binds years of experience of artistic practice with artistic quality is exceedingly rare. Thus, other spaces were created within “Space 42”: Spaces for colour, form, thought and experience, spaces for all types of subjects, thoughts, and experiments that in return create space for further spheres of activity.
Video installations by media artist Myriam Thyes have a special place within the exhibition. Her works always address sociological and cultural symbols, their meanings as well as transformations. Repetition of certain motives gives structure to the sequences of images in her videos. The video installation “Sophie Taeuber-Arp’s Vanishing Lines” has a central place among Thyes’s works on display. The animation, which combines eight works from the “Lignes” series by Taeuber-Arps with photographs from World War II, shows the connection and incongruity between Taeuber-Arps’s artistic practice and the world of war and persecution. The “vanishing lines” by Taeuber-Arps are also the vanishing of reality. The video addresses the still topical tension that exists within art that has been produced in the times of injustice and violence.
- „Space 42" landet in Schwalenberg, Lippische Landeszeitung, 22./23.4.2017, PDF (German, 482 kb).
Robert Koepke Haus