Norbert Stockhus and Nanako Shikata | Zeitlupe
Opening : 23.10.2015, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Introduction : Helene Bosecker
Exhibition : 23.10.2015 – 03.12.2015
A crowded sea of houses emerges to a high mountain and blurs the borders between urban and natural landscape. With technical perfection Norbert Stockhus develops a delicate transition from dark depths to brilliant white heights. The focused analysis of the architectural presentation in detail as well as in its generality draws the visitor’s eye directly into the urban construction where he can immerse into the fine lines of paint until the straight contour dissolves into a crystalline abstraction. Stockhus plays with the tension between empty and crowded spaces therefore he creates the compositional balance of heaviness and lightness: it appears that the inside of the mountain could secretly glow while its peak is covered by soft, fresh snow.
The sculptural works of Nanako Shikata occupy themselves with the subject of humanity, which she perceives as a tension field of extremes. Nanakos sumo ringers relate on one hand to individual and biographical moments, on the other on general points of view applicable to the Japanese society. Like a giant monolith does the sumo ringer stand as an emblem and a cliché of a faraway culture, uniting extremes in his wooden body: detached from the fighting scene, the facial expressions veil the emotional state – as required from society – and hits the physique, which alienates the actual human form with its mass. The sumo ringers in their steadfast presence tell the story of a thousand years old tradition, which throughout time ant its innate changes started to crumble. Whether the sumo ringer is seen as the champion of an overcome tradition or if he represents the forgotten greatness of necessary values, is left to the spectator to decide.