(UN)TANGLED STORIES: PERFORMING TIME — IN THE RACK ROOM #35

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(UN)TANGLED STORIES: PERFORMING TIME — IN THE RACK ROOM #35

LINDA HERRMANN

CURATED BY LUCA LOLI

Preview SAT, JUL 13, 2024, 5 — 9pm

Open by appointment until JULY 28, 2024

LAGE EGAL [IN THE RACK ROOM]
Curated by Pierre Granoux
Liselotte-Herrmann-Str. 26 (HH), 10407 Berlin
Contact: lucamaxloli.mc@gmail.com

LAGE EGAL Curatorial Projects, Pierre Granoux and Luca Loli are very pleased to invite the artist LINDA HERMANN at LAGE EGAL [IN THE RACK ROOM] for her first solo exhibition in Berlin.

(UN)TANGLED STORIES: PERFORMING TIME, a rooted exploration of process, time, and transformation. The exhibition title suggests a focus on the complexities and evolving nature of storytelling through artistic expression, which is mirrored in Herrmann’s video 40h Performance: Doing, Being, Undoing, where she engages in a meticulous process, creates a textile artwork by knotting thousands of threads, presents it for observation, and then deconstructs it. This cycle of creation, presentation, and deconstruction embodies the themes of tangling and untangling, both literally and metaphorically. The performance is a physical manifestation of how stories and artistic expressions are woven over time, only to be unraveled and reinterpreted. The exhibition and the video performance together invite viewers to contemplate the passage of time, the visibility of labor, and the transient nature of art. They highlight the continuous cycle of making, experiencing, and dismantling, suggesting that the value of art lies not just in the finished product but in the entire process of its creation and eventual transformation. This deeply resonates with the notion of “performing time,” as each phase of Herrmann’s work captures a moment in the unfolding narrative of her artistic practice.

LINDA HERRMANN combines various disciplines, like writing, performances, and textile works that resemble soft, abstract paintings. Inspired by Mierle Laderman Ukeles she now transforms her textile work into a working, making visible both the process and the care aspect of creating a piece. Questions concerning the artistic expression – What happens, if it has to be executed repetitively and over a long span of time? – and the mode of working – What if the amount of work and the time given don’t match? – are raised.

From her experiments in painting and drawing, she appropriates considerations on form, color, duct and volume and uses these for her textile works. Made of organic raw material like cotton, wool and linen her works obtain a strong tactile sensation which is opposed with the Plexiglas and steel elements of the display. Inhabiting the given space, Herrmann’s works also aim to bring a temporal aspect with them. They are measurements of time and simultaneously question the legitimacy of these measurements.

These tinkered assemblages take on the form of characters that fluctuate between figuration and abstraction, and they flaunt their material moods, eliciting peculiar emotions. The work aspires to make the relationship between feeling and substance, between us and things, more clear.

LINDA HERRMANN (1996, Aschaffenburg) lives and works in Berlin. After her Bachelor in Fashion Design (HTW Berlin) she started to study Fine Arts at UdK Berlin in 2020. Besides her art, Linda works as a care person at an in-home care service. In 2024 she published a book (“In Arbeit. Erzählungen einer ungelernten Pflegekraft“, re:sonar-Verlag, Hannover) with short stories based on her experiences in care work.

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