»In the Abysses of Reasons«
Carina Linge & Corinne von Lebusa
Opening: Friday, November 4, 2016, 18h (Facebook Event)
Exhibition: November 5 – December 10, 2016
Opening hours: Tue-Sat 11-18h
A stream of images, thoughts and emotions affects us every night anew. It leaves us in a confused, anxious, ashamed, excited or yearning condition, most of the times deeply moved. The disconnected and absurd things appearing in our memory are raising our suspicion, that our self-perception as a modern, thinking and self-controlled being is actually a pure delusion, whereas in truth we are spending a third of our life time in a form of madness…
The exhibition „In the Abysses of Reasons“ by Carina Linge and Corinne von Lebusa is about this parallel universe, which, despite being intimately close, always seems disconnected and impalpable after all. The two artists are less seeking to figure out a reasonable or scientific approach to this theme, but rather to create a nocturnal pictorial world that connects the real and the surreal before our awake eyes and thus shows us an essence of those emotions, desires, fears and abysses that are usually conveyed by dreams more intensely.
The powerful figures and abstract formations in Corinne von Lebusa’s works seem to be vivid but yet mysterious pictograms of passion, eroticism and roll playing games.
Self-consciously female, enjoying and playful, they require the view and provoke the reaction of the presumed voyeur, coquetting sometimes winking and inspiring, sometimes mocking and threatening with enactment, gestures, stereotypes and phantasies. Torn between fascination and self-interrogation, the viewer gets captivated. Attempting to comprehend the message of the seen, he is referred to his own personality and associations again and again.
In her sophisticated staged photographies, Carina Linge creates a mysteriously diffuse atmosphere, in which subconscious wishes and fears become tangible and everyday things get blurred. With deliberately placed references to well-known works of art history – from Marcel Duchamp to Francis Bacon to Gerhard Richter– she uses a familiar pictorial world as a key to get to the bottom of the modern being’s emotional constitution and fragility. Blankspaces are filled in by personal memories, the visible gets augmented by imaginary and motion becomes an expression of the feeling itself. Carina Linge lets us look melancholically at a nebulous area between reality and fiction, where nothing is defined yet, and that might be a mirror as well as a hiding place.