From 30 January to 29 March the Badischer Kunstverein is presenting the first institutional solo show of Michaela Meise in Germany. Parallel to the exhibition the film and video works of the Swedish artist Eva Linder are shown in the Video and Periodicals Archive – as a first presentation of her work in Germany ever.
Michaela Meise works in the formats of video, drawing, performance and sculpture. She investigates principles of sculptural and architectural arrangement, both in terms of their creative realization and in relation to their political and social contexts. Her works make reference to aspects of a Minimalist art which she transfers onto everyday housing-and living-spaces. With this “applied Minimalism,” Meise is able to study structures of balance, movement, rhythm or design down to the smallest details, and to connect them to moments of private remembrance.
For the exhibition Ding und Körper (Object and Body), the artist is presenting two groups of works consisting of older and some new works conceived for the Kunstverein. The first group revolves around the inanimate object, while the other focuses on the human body. In reference to Heidegger’s analysis of the object as a metaphysical category and conveyor of various characteristics, Meise as well conceives of her sculptures as storing cultural and social information. Her sculptures are parts of a world of everyday objects; they are oriented towards the familiar proportions of items for daily use.
In Meise’s studies of the object, the corporeal and performative aspect plays a decisive role and is exposed for the first time with such intense clarity. Through the choice of their props and with titles such as “Ballerina Diary” or “Den Markusplatz tanzen” (Dancing St.Mark’s Square), some of the presented works are deliberately situated in the tradition of the history of dance. Also Meise’s new film for the exhibition, “Étude Carpeaux,” links up with the history of modern dance improvisations and is a quiet and concentrated study of movement after two figures by the French sculptor Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux.
Michaela Meise (*1976, Hanau) lives and works in Berlin. She studied at the Kunsthochschule in Kassel (Prof. Urs Lüthi) and at the Städelschule in Frankfurt a.M. (Prof. Ayse Erkmen). Exhibitions (Selection): Greene Naftali, New York (solo, 2009); Richard Telles Fine Art, Los Angeles (solo, 2008); Construction time again, Lisson Gallery, London (2007); 4th berlin biennial for contemporary art, KW – Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin (2006); In Concert, Kunsthalle Schirn, Frankfurt a.M. (2005).