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23 Jan 2011

Stedefreund Berlin: Flip Shift Show Switch – Transitions in Showing

Marlena Kudlicka
'one more than 1o', 2010, painted steel, empty plaster ball, wire glass wooden ball with steel, dimensions variable, installation 2010
Elements of each object are not attached. They rest on each other finding its own balance, photo: Marlena Kudlicka

#2 // Archeology of Hole – Creating an Archive // Marlena Kudlicka // Claudia Kugler
Stedefreund Berlin


January 22 – February 19, 2011
Wed – Sat, 2 –7 p.m.

Lecture Void and its value in art and life:
Friday, February 18, 2011, 7 p.m.
L40, Linienstraße 40, 2nd Floor, 10119 Berlin
in cooperation with the Verein zur Förderung von Kunst und Kultur am Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz e.V.

Dieter Wenk
+49 (0)30 76214239
+49 (0)30 76214239

Dorotheenstr. 30 (backyard)
10117 Berlin

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#2 // Archeology of Hole – Creating an Archive // Marlena Kudlicka // Claudia Kugler

The exhibition project Archeology of Hole – Creating an Archive explores the question of what conditions need to be met, in transitions in showing, for nothing (in the material sense) to become a thing of economic or symbolic value. In a pot, for example, there is a cavity, which represents nothing. This hole can be seen as the absence of a thing – a thing, however, which in turn lends nothing, i.e. the hole, fundamental meaning. How, then, are we to imagine nothing? Is nothing measurable? How can nothing become visible? And what significance does it gain in the transition between that which is shown and that which remains hidden? Marlena Kudlicka's starting point is the observation of various types of holes in landscape and architecture, which are constantly in transition (as a result of construction, for example) between different forms of materiality. Is the scale of a hole merely an occasion to stretch one's imagination in proportion in order to construct a form? Would the form then be linked to the sensation of gravity? Among other things, the artist is interested in the physicality of holes, and she constructs objects which, in their physical presence (through material and arrangement) are brought into a state of irrational tension with respect to the actually existing architectural elements of the exhibition space. A second artist invited by Kudlicka, Claudia Kugler, constructs pictures and objects in which she questions potential boundaries and transitions between visibility and invisibility. To this end, she illuminates spaces of imagination and imagines the pictorial space as an event that, though materially present as picture or object, is nonetheless cut off from our reality. What is the significance of the intangible mental image for the physical perception of the object?

Text: Anne Fäser