Heike Kabisch “Deep Down Into the Ditch” at Chert, Berlin
In recent years Heike Kabisch has been producing sculptures and installations that return to classic figuration and representation by creating her subjects based on real studio models. Rather then using abstraction and symbolism to reflect on reality, she reverses the process, creating familiar scenes evoking the uncomfortable futility of daily realities.
Exemplifying Kabisch’s practice is the piece Under the Umbrella (2012); a work that cites a fountain she discovered in the small southern German town of Markdorf. Unlike the idealized romantic figures in the original fountain, Kabisch creates characters that are inherently portrayed full of tension and contradictions. Leaving the materials intentionally unadorned, the complete work displaces the idea of the 19th century traditional village fountain into the now.
Kabisch’s work opposes contemporary aesthetics, challenging public opinion and understanding of sculpture. Using one of the more classic and direct artistic mediums, her sculptures open up a discussion against generally accepted artistic languages.
through April 19, 2012
Heike Kabisch, Waving Boy, 2012
Heike Kabisch, 1,2,3, 2012
Heike Kabisch, Under the Umbrella, 2012
Courtesy of Chert, Berlin