Anna-Maria Bogner - IT DEPENDS.
B-Part Am Gleisdreieck
Opening Fri. 08.September 2023
Exhibition 09 September. - 14.October 2023
Opening hours: Wednesday - Saturday 14 - 18 h
Reality is to think about space - be it physically conceived or communicatively. With "IT DEPENDS.", her first solo exhibition at "B-Part Exhibition", the Düsseldorf-based artist Anna-Maria Bogner makes visitors to the exhibition an offer to question their perception of space. Using three elements - drawing, installation, photography - she shows: even if space seems to be given, it is we ourselves who define space as such.
These three elements are not to be understood as parts of a larger whole, but as separate components of the exhibition. What they have in common, however, is that they each contribute to a readjustment of the visitor's presence in the space: On the one hand, there is the central installation, consisting of elastic bands that are attached to the walls and stretch several times through the room. Depending on body size, position in the room, condition, angle of vision, daring or simple curiosity, the installation poses questions. Is it just one ribbon or are there several? How often do the lines cross in space? Do triangles emerge? Quadrilaterals? How many? Can we walk, traverse, cross the space outlined by the bands? Can we? Touch the tapes? Are they elastic? Is the space drawn a material space at all? What does it say about our perception? One thing is certain: the lines stretched into space like a drawing exert a strong presence to which we must relate, gauge our own presence, enter into negotiation with the space.
While Bogner's installation also poses the question in a three-dimensional way of how many rooms there is room for in a room, the four-part work with vertical-format drawings points out to us that this question also applies to two-dimensional things. With pencil and pastel crayon, the artist has distributed vertical and oblique lines on paper, in each case choosing the central perspective and at the same time questioning it. The eye remains restless, searching, occupied with the four sketched spatial constructions - until another picture appears: through the fact that Bogner repeatedly continues lines of one picture in the other, it becomes clear that we do not see four rooms, but one - or rather five? Other combinations are also conceivable. 3+2? 1+1+3?
The space we see in the landscape-format black-and-white photograph on the opposite wall functions differently, but equally poses the question of its constructedness. As a non-specific place in non-specified mountains, which we have all seen before in this or a similar way - be it as a picture, be it in natura - the perceived space is already within us, triggering connections of spatial imagination, spatial memory and spatial perception. As a code, the picture speaks of "landscape"; and the white line running across the motif points to the fact that this is rather a subjective imagination than corresponds to a shared reality. Whether this can be aligned with the lines on the drawings as well as with those of the installation? It depends!
The B-Part Exhibition space accompanies the future development of the Urbanen Mitte Am Gleisdreieck with artistic autonomy and thus at the same time enters into a dialogue with the overarching themes of the overall project - forms of New Work, Co-working, Culture and Sport - and creates synergies between artistic, cultural and social approaches. The artistic director of the B-Part Exhibition is Rüdiger Lange (loop – raum für aktuelle kunst).