ART IN SUSPENSION — MICHAELA MEISE AT SCHERBEN AND JOHANNA DUMET, LENA MARIE EMRICH AND HANNAH SOPHIE DUNKELBERG AT OFFICE IMPART

ART IN SUSPENSION — MICHAELA MEISE AT SCHERBEN AND JOHANNA DUMET, LENA MARIE EMRICH AND HANNAH SOPHIE DUNKELBERG AT OFFICE IMPART

Clouds of mist can currently be seen filling the interior of Scherben, the new exhibition space on Leipziger Straße. It gathers around Michaela Meise’s “Trans Columns” – a series of sculptures created in 2009 in the wake of the financial crisis. The sculptures are reminiscent of the monumental pillars of the New York Stock Exchange, except that Meise’s pillars are not marble but fragile wooden sticks. Out of balance, they’re too unstable to support a house, let alone an entire system. The mist connects Meise’s pillars with a neighboring series: Berlin artist Markues’s watercolors, with their abstract text-like forms. Both artists attempt to break down patriarchal structures to give space to the ambiguous, and both refer to the feminist philosopher Luce Irigaray, whose writing deals with male role models and corresponsding female critiques. The exhibition’s title – Your Horizon Has Limits Even Holes – is also taken from Irigaray, who inspired Meise to make a ceramic relief portrait of her during a train trip to Paris.

On to Moabit and the Hof of Office Impart gallery, where you can find works by three artists who evoke the new normal in sculptures, objects and paintings. Lena Marie Emrich’s wall sculptures resemble the devices you find at airports to measure hand luggage: oft hated by frequent flyers and barely used during the pandemic, here these bag sizers are transformed into something desirable and defiantly not low-cost. Similar thoughts on speed and stoppage can also be seen in paintings by Johanna Dumet, who arranges colors into grazing and galloping horses. Hannah Sophie Dunkelberg also operates between comic and meme, with sculptures that recall the two-dimensional quality of painting. Dunkelberg’s oversized bow that hangs at the front of the exhibition suggests a kind of gift; an invite to come and unpack all the layers the artists have created.

Text: Laura Storfner / Photos: Thomas Love and Markues & Marjoire Brunet Plaza

Scherben, Leipziger Str.61, 10117 Berlin–Mitte; map
Markues and Michaela Meise: Your Horizon Has Limits Even Holes, until 28.11.2021, Fri–Sun 11–18h and by appointment.

Office Impart, Waldenserstr.2–4, 10551 Berlin–Moabit; map
Hannah Sophie Dunkelberg, Johanna Dumet, Lena Marie Emrich, until 19.11.2021
Wed–Fri 15–18h – time slots can be booked online and via email

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