back to current exhibition
26.06.04 – 04.09.2004
Weise Galerie, Berlin
Wall Tent (Zelt) 1991
273 x 515 cm (variable)
material, wood, cord and nails
work transcends the borders between art and every-day-life. Discarded
objects from our daily life, e.g. trousers, shirts, bags, and cushions
find a new context and literally are given a new existence. Pip Culbert
chooses objects we all recognize from our personal use challenging the
way we see and think about them.
On first look we encounter the fabric outlines of objects whose inner
mass has been cut away leaving behind all but the seams and threads. Weightlessness
pervades these works and we wish to hold them to discover their two-dimensional
secret. They simulate depth and volume yet remain virtual in character.
What at first may appear abstract and timeless can somehow revert simultaneously
to a metaphor for personal memory. The works’ mathematical rigor
and economy of line is balanced by their materiality as it is with the
presence of used objects or articles of pre-worn clothing.
Pip Culberts ‘walldrawings’ open a space between the aesthetic
experience of vision and the associations these works invoke. Here the
mantra ‘less is more’ – this apparently hackneyed circumscription
for the concentration on essentials – is made accessible to the
viewer in a surprisingly new and vivid way.