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28 Jun 2012

Bielefelder Kunstverein presents David Adamo and Jenni Tischer

David Adamo, Untitled (Detail) 2011, Courtesy the artist, IBID PROJECTS, London and Untitled, New York / Jenni Tischer, Ohne Titel, 2012, Courtesy the artist and Krobath Wien/Berlin

David Adamo / Jenni Tischer. Soliloquy
Bielefelder Kunstverein


Exhibition Dates: May 12 - July 15, 2012 Also on view: Maha Maamoun, invited by Stefanie Schulte Strathaus (Curator, Arsenal Berlin)

Anna Jehle
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Bielefelder Kunstverein
Welle 61
D-33602 Bielefeld

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The Bielefelder Kunstverein is currently presenting new works by David Adamo and Jenni Tischer in two exhibitions. These exhibitions offers an insight into what is currently the engagement with the medium of sculpture. In their works, both artists investigate the interaction between the work of art and its viewers, the poetic power of materials and surfaces, as well as the narrative extension of objects in relation to images, language and space. This is the first time that David Adamo and Jenni Tischer have each been seen in Germany with a comprehensive solo presentation in an institution.


The Bielefelder Kunstverein is showing the first comprehensive solo exhibition by the American artist, David Adamo. He is developing a spatial scenario on the Kunstverein's ground floor, consisting of new groups of works and architectural interventions. Adamo is playing with the structure of the location for this exhibition, with motifs of presentation in museums as well as the relationships in scale between spaces and objects. For the first time, he is involving the spectators as a basic component of a floor-work which changes within the exhibition period and consistsof 40.000 chalk sticks. In addition, the artist is creating sculptures for the Kunstverein's external area, which will already attract visitors' attention at the entrance and provide a first visual indication of the exhibition in the interior. A further, independent sculpture is being produced in the context of a workshop accompanying the exhibition.

David Adamo has developed his own independent stance as a sculptor outside of formalism over the last few years. The artist has become known with extensive installations made of industrially produced wooden objects. He works on walking sticks, baseball bats or the shafts of hammers up to the point where they lose their actual function. The resulting wood shavings lie on the floor around the object like a frame. Adamo works on objects and situations, which are suffused with poetry and absurdity at one and the same time. He creates spatial installations resembling stages and sculptures bearing a multiplicity of meanings and provoking narratives on the basis of their symbolism and of the materials used.

David Adamo (*1979 in Rochester, New York) has been living and working in Berlin since 2008. Most recently his artistic works were to be seen in, among other places, solo exhibitions in the Basilica Santa Maria Maggiore in Bergamo, at Untitled in New York, in the Kunsthalle Fribourg und in Confort Moderne Poitiers. In addition, he has participated in numerous international group exhibitions, among others, »Based in Berlin« (KW Institute for Contemporary Art Berlin, 2011), »Whitney Biennale« (Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, 2010) and »Psychosculptures« (De Vleeshal, Middelburg, 2010).


The Bielefelder Kunstverein is pleased to be able to stage her first institutional exhibition for the artist, Jenni Tischer. The exhibition is entitled »Soliloquy« and creates a scenario for current textile sculptures and watercolour drawings, which the artist has developed especially for the rooms in the Kunstverein's upper floor. Proceeding from an extensive framework sculpture in three parts, Tischer depicts various patterns of presentation in the exhibition, as well as ways of reading poetry and the grammar of forms, In this way, she variously links texts and textures into a special visual system.

Jenni Tischer creates sculptural installations, watercolours and videos from fundamental design principles, combining them through a conceptual approach to her work. In this formative process, she also reflects theoretical questions on cultural meanings and spatial relations. In the process, one of the artist's key interests lies with the multiplicity of narrative design instruments and forms of communication. She traces them through the interactions of material, colour and form. In her works involving the use of space, Tischer often uses monochrome textiles, which she arranges contrastively on wooden constructions made for this purpose, on image carriers or otherwise freely in space. That makes her installations resemble settings in space or stages, where objects become surfaces for the projection of individual as well as collective notions and demarcate a possible area for viewing them. Totally in keeping with the exhibition's title, Tischer is sharing her ideas with the audience in Bielefeld.

Jenni Tischer (*1979 in Heidelberg) lives and works in Berlin. She studied at the Hochschule für Bildende Künste Dresden and at the Akademie der bildenden Künste Vienna. Most recently, Tischer's works were shown in the context of exhibitions at the Galerie Krobath (Berlin) and the Galerie Senn (Vienna), project-spaces Dolores (Galerie Ellen de Bruijn, Amsterdam) and Saprophyt (Space for the Realisation of Artistic Projects and Interventions, Vienna) as well as the Augarten Contemporary of the Belvedere Vienna.

Curator: Thomas Thiel

Kunststiftung NRW and JAB Anstoetz KG


To mark the exhibition, a 28-page brochure will be published (German/English). In September 2012 Bielefelder Kunstverein is publishing the first monograph and artist book by David Adamo withe the support of Kunststiftung NRW.


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