Opening: Friday, 24 June 2022 from 6 pm
For the 19th edition of the RADAR series, Meike Schulze Hobeling utilises the project space to exhibit a group of different objects. She avails herself of everyday objects for her basic materials, such as vases, plates, bed sheets, curtains and screw joints, as well as furniture and various utensils. She takes some of the objects from public space, where they have been either discarded or forgotten. Some of them are from her grandmother's personal effects, thus invested with an everyday, personal memory. In addition, there are items that have been recently purchased or have long since become part of her collection of art materials. All of a sudden, they acquire topicality – they are recycled, disassembled and reassembled, recycled, discarded, transferred into new contexts, processed, or simply repurposed.
Small objects on the staircase present themselves in the space as neat and tidy art objects. By means of various processes, Hobeling processes, deforms and estranges these objects and thus translates them into new contexts of meaning. Using a 3D printer, Meike Schulze Hobeling transfers scans containing digital errors into analogue objects made of clay, thus giving them sculptural reality. This experiment with materials is further augmented by a glass pane that was also fired in the kiln. It cleaves to the mould of the object like a second skin. However, this liaison of materials, where one clings to the other, is by no means an accident; it comes to fruition through the artist's meticulous record-keeping, inasmuch as she records her experiments featuring time, materials and degrees of deformation in her journals.
Raw materials, such as the fixtures of a garden tent, also come into play. They are used to attach poles in one of the exhibited objects: neatly hung venetian blind slats are staged here. They recall the mundanity of office buildings in the vicinity. This atmosphere, which also illustrates human activity and the passing of time, can be veritably heard in another object: on an inverted bathtub made of enamel, water splashes from a garden hose. The fountain is powered with the aid of a solar panel. It casually rests against a bag full of aquarium gravel and only springs to life when the weather deigns to cooperate.
This is similarly the case with regard to Meike Schulze Hobeling's objects: at the right moment, they are activated and, due to their arrangement and the interplay between materials, discharge a number of associative references to everyday life.
Meike Schulze Hobeling is driven by a refreshing curiosity that is eminently reflected in the process of her meticulous exploration of materials. She establishes her own rules for this endeavour, which are by turns both bizarre and humorous. By playing with gravity, she nevertheless posits an overall lightness in approach and thus provokes discussion.
Meike Schulze Hobeling (b. 1993 in Münster) lives in Münster and works in the Atelierhaus Speicher II. She studied fine art at the Münster Academy of Art from 2013 until 2022 and was a master student of Prof. Daniele Buetti. Her work has been shown in group exhibitions at the Ausstellungshalle am Hawerkamp, Münster, at the DA Kunsthaus Kloster Gravenhorst and in the Friends of the Münster Academy Sponsorship Awards at the Kunsthalle Münster, among others.
Curatorial team: Jana Peplau, Kristina Scepanski, Marianne Wagner
RADAR: Access via the Westfälischer Kunstverein, Rothenburg 30, 48143 Münster
A cooperation of the LWL Museum für Kunst und Kultur and the Westfälischer Kunstverein.
Saturday, 3 September 2022 at 6 pm
RADAR is an exhibition format hosted by the LWL-Museum für Kunst und Kultur and the Westfälischer Kunstverein. It features emerging, as yet little-known younger artists who stand out and are hence on the “radar”. The exhibited works provide insights into the featured artists’ current fields of interest.
The project space can also be viewed out of hours from outside.