During August and September, 2003, the Kunsthalle Düsseldorf will show works by Welsh artist Bethan Huws (b. 1961, currently residing in Paris).
New text pieces created especially for the Kunsthalle are the main focus of the show. They are inscribed in the time-related, expressive power of the building's interior architecture (which Huws regards as a large, white space for images), transforming the Kunsthalle into a site for meditation. Written on the wall, the texts will be accompanied by sculptural works that represent Huws' pictorial word plays in English and Welsh.
Huws' text works and objects encourage immediate, associative thoughts on the significance of art in relation to life. Her literary explorations and poetic reflections are not only precise instructions for how to view and understand ordinary things, but they also provide new ideas for these tasks, too. Aside from that, her texts and pictorial metaphors intensely explore the works of important artists of the past and present centuries, such as Marcel Duchamp, Joseph Kosuth, Piero Manzoni, and others, so that they also question the role of the artist as well.
Huws takes over the space, she hones what is at hand and reformulates it with simple means. Her works are not only challenges to form, but also aid orientation in both the literary and visual fields. They describe the world immediately surrounding us, allude to a different understanding of presence and form. Her reduced interventions are textual or contain elements of drawing and are preceded by a careful study of the surrounding artificial or natural space. Huws connects restrained references to found materials with personal memories and allusions to her world of artistic ideas. She never presents the viewer with random, final conclusions. It is only when reading her precise instructions for viewing familiar objects that one begins to realize how complex human thought is about the image of the external world.
A comprehensive German-English publication will accompany the exhibition:
Bethan Huws. Selected Textual Works 1991-2003.
Published by Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König, Cologne
The exhibition is supported by the British Council and the Henry Moore Foundation.
Opening hours: T-Sa: 12-7 p.m., Sundays and holidays: 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
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