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Barbara Eichhorn

PASSAGE, 2010

exhibition period:

June 3 - September 26 2010

exhibition space:

LENTOS Kunstmuseum Linz

born in 1965 in Freising / Germany, lives in Vienna
 


Barbara Eichhorn, Detail aus mehrteiliger Wandarbeit / Detail of composite mural »PASSAGE«, 2010

Mischtechnik, Bleistift auf Papier / Mixed media, pencil on paper · 150 x 220 cm

Courtesy Christine König Galerie, Wien

Foto / Photo: Franz Schachinger

 
Calling Barbara Eichhorn a graphic artist only partly captures her work. It is true that she produces drawings on paper in a wide range of different formats and she devises special hangings of these drawings on the gallery wall. But it is what happens next that is essential for Eichhorn’s work: the arrangements of these huge drawings turn out to be so powerful that they dominate the vertical space.

It is the wall itself that is made to play the role of a sheet of drawing paper, in that it provides connections between the individual parts of the conglomerates. These conglomerates usually depict seemingly unspectacular scenes of everyday life but their sheer dimensions make them appear charged with significance and presence. The simple utensils used in creating the drawings – ballpoint pen, pencil – underline their apparent lack of thematic sophistication. Barbara Eichhorn causes the white surface on which her artwork is hung to split open and to reveal new worlds that are seemingly located on the far side. For TRIENNALE LINZ the artist has created another site-specific mural that gives an insight into her personal world. The wall collage is dominated by two large-format drawings. One shows a bed. It is in fact her mother’s bed, for the artist a symbol of the imprint we receive from our parents, which seldom leaves us for the rest of our lives. The other drawing is a whole-body portrait of Eichhorn’s sick mother. The artist risks a look at her own fate and at human transience in general.

(Nina Kirsch)

 

 

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