Neudecker, M (2014) There Is Always Something More Important. Galerie Barbara Thumm, Berlin, Germany, 14 March – 26 April 2014. [Exhibition]
|Abstract:||Mariele Neudecker's sixth solo-exhibition at Barbara Thumm Gallery, There Is Always Something More Important, takes the visitor onto a journey from the deepest parts of the South West Indian Ocean near Antarctica to the icebergs in North West Greenland. This journey depicts a slice through Neudecker's works as much as a slice through geological space.|
|Event Location:||Galerie Barbara Thumm, Berlin, Germany|
The exhibition combines works from a wide range of media, from video, to sculpture to works on canvas and works on paper, that draw from the artists own research trip to Greenland and material of a collaboration with the marine scientists Alex Rogers at the Oxford University who gave Neudecker access 16 TB to footage of a project to map a mountain range under the deep sea. This footage was filmed by cameras mounted to a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) in the Southwest Indian Ocean. As the cameras slowly scan the ground, moving along, close to the seabed, lights cast cones of light into the dark vastness and reveals human detritus, such as abandoned fishing equipment.
On dog sled journeys in Greenland, Mariele Neudecker spent weeks taking photographs and video of Inuit life, the ice and the arctic sky, with everything from cutting edge digital cameras to a biscuit-tin pinhole camera, anticipating the charge in batteries to run out, in absence of any possibility to 're-charge' for several days. This, intentionally, resembled a journey through the history of photography, in reverse.
Mapping, scanning and cropping are devices that inform the conceptual layers of Neudecker's work.
An iceberg has been used by the artist as a deliberate cliche and is represented at the centre of the exhibition as a finely crafted sculpture of a section of a specific iceberg, a slice, which relates to human dimensions, the measurements of an average doorframe. Neudecker is interested in what is unseen as much as what is visible here. The deliberate cropping of the iceberg is also applied in the video work Dark Years Away, which depicts the footage of the deep sea that never allows an overview. This time the image is cropped by the limits of the remotely controlled camera. Neudecker has edited the film of a scooping net attached to the ROV to retrieve samples into an endless loop, cinematically animated with a classical score by Peteris Vasks called Voices of Silence, a piece that was originally composed for the silence in outer space.
The new body of 2-D work, including Between Two Tides, a large group of drawings, paintings, pinhole and polaroid images and over-painted photographs, add a very subjectively haptic aspect to the otherwise more technological scientific approach in the exhibition. This personal journal of drawing and painting studies becomes a metaphor for the mental journey and depicts the memorized horizons of the artists voyage to the Arctic North.
Neudecker creates dense atmospheres that come close to a sense of the sublime, which is immediately deconstructed and ironically connected to mankind's power in and over nature, a power that is so pronounced that we can no longer endorse a belief that nature is even a valid concept.
|Divisions:||Bath School of Art and Design|
|Date Deposited:||10 Mar 2016 18:06|
|Last Modified:||11 Mar 2016 11:30|
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