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"Almuth Tebbenhoff: Pillar"
2004-10-13 until 2004-11-07
Cafe Gallery Project
UK United Kingdom
afe Gallery Projects is pleased to present a new painted steel
sculpture in their sculpture court from October 2004. The piece of work is
some four meters high and has just been made by German born artist,
Almuth Tebbenhoff who studied at Sir John Cass, then at the Royal
College of Art. Subsequently, Almuth Tebbenhoff has been exhibiting
internationally, having worked upon several important commissions. She
was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of British Sculptors in 2002.
"Imagine a stack of perfect industrial steel angle section: 6m lengths,
sharp, hard edged, strong and waiting.
Enter the artist (Almuth Tebbenhoff) who cuts all of it into small
pieces ˆ each with a different angle and different length, so that when
it is reassembled and welded together, the previously straight lines
wave and dance in all directions, like a fully 3 dimensional drawing. Or
like a climbing plant sending out tendrils to look for support,
systematically searching for that solid branch or wall.
Why? It reflects something the artist sees all around. Nothing in nature
is completely straight: it only appears so. Pillar‚ and other related
sculptures grapple with the fine line between control and chaos. The
pieces in this series of work have just enough control imposed on them
to achieve their direction, such as a column or a circle, but also
sufficient uncertainty to add excitement and freedom. Pillar‚ is an
upward moving energy column, reaching for the sky; it could continue in
this way forever, but, because material reality is finite, the physical column ends at 4 meters. However, the invisible core continues as far up as the mind can stretch."