‘A time & a place’ work by Ann-Margreth Bohl about artist residencies.
Starting 17th January 2015
Ann-Margreth is a german born artist working predominantly with natural materials stone, beeswax, graphite, string, leather etc.
Through the process of making, utilising inherent qualities of the chosen materials, she explored in both residencies the physical boundaries of a architectural space, resulting in the exhibited graphite wall rubbings ‘Ceasura 1&2’.
With her most recent piece ‘Lichtspielhaus’ (old fashioned german for cinema) she is introducing light and space into her work.
The artist grew up near the border between East and West Germany, the image of ‘die Mauer’ (the Berlin wall) is often revisited in her work, trying to look at the questions why we build walls and what effect walls have on us.
‘Lichtspielhaus’ is going beyond a wall creating a space for us to go.
This work was conceived during her residency in a pillbox in Stanton St Bernard near Marlborough in Whiltshire, a solid concrete structure for english soldiers to observe and anticipate the german enemy from.
The beeswax used in this installation comes from Germany, the artist is mindful of this and of the effort that bees have put into this material that they use to store their food and protect their young.
Preparing for ‘a time & a place’, exhibition at New Brewery Arts, Cirencester, PV, 17th January, 11.30am
Since the beginning of this week Paul Grellier and myself have been setting up in the Goods Shed, Stroud for “Convergence& Space”…going through the normal motions of setting up for a exhibition, all the uncertainty and excitement that comes with it. But somehow it has aspects I have not encountered before…we are working in a huge space, two train carriages can easily fit in here, this space is full of possibilities, sometimes to many possibilities float around in our minds. The other aspect is that Paul and myself have not collaborated before, which is not at all a problem if anything it is a observation, having just spend a few days on my own at “The Sheds” working, I can see how a huge space and working with another artist and his way of going about setting up is inspiring, at moments unsettling (especially when Paul decides to climb along the beams of the roof to install work). Some things about collaborating are difficult to put into words, it is a bit like magic.