Galerie Lisi Haemmerle

Marvels of Everyday Life 

14.7. – 19.8.2018

The exhibition at Galerie Lisi Hämmerle (opening on Saturday, 14 July 2018) presents sculptures, paintings, drawings, and photographs. Connecting these works is the theme of the "everyday marvels"—those things that have grown inconspicuous through (practical) use, though they contain plenty that is incendiary. Take the pretzel, for example. Artfully looped, it is not only a welcome snack, it also represents a mathematically highly sophisticated topos that could well serve as a model world. The same applies to braids. Or to wood, which is the real everyday mystery, at least for the sculptor, who prefers to work in basswood.

This exhibition is guided by the hypothesis that the household is the camouflage archive of  metaphysical objects that discretely inspire speculation about the world (such as clotheslines, clothespins, washcloths, bread in the form of rolls or pretzels or loaves, sausages, electric mixers and kettles, knives, forks, tongs and scissors, brooms, sweepers and vacuum cleaners, linens and other cloths, carpet beaters and plates, etc.). It may be suggested that the (female) knowledge achieved by being exiled to the household—going against the grain— represents intimacy with the basic elements of the world, since the household  manifests cosmology and solid state physics (disguised in banal functions, which applies above all to the furniture) at every turn. Meaning emerges from bodies like sound, light, voice.