Martina Schmuecker
Visual Mechanics

14.05.2009 - 31.05.2009

Visual Mechanics is an exhibition combining two important strands of Martina Schmuecker’s recent work - one being a new series of drawings, the other a newly developed performance. Her drawings resemble technical or architectural plans for buildings or machinery, and show fragile and abstract constructions that look impossible to build in reality and yet give the impression of being plans derived from already existing forms. The performance  “Orbit Green” is an equally constructed image. Here a woman is seen reclining on a narrow plinth, wrapped in green fabric and surrounded by screens that obstruct the view onto the performance. The restrictions in viewing the performance turn it into a study of habits of looking. The manipulation of the view is a key element of this work that uses the viewer’s imagination to complete the image on show, by manipulating the way the work can be looked at.

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