Not nameable Spaces, Nina Annabelle Märkl

About my works – Part 2

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Possible Spaces, digital print, 500 x 500 cm, 2016, photo: Sebastian Schels

In my first two posts, I would like to give you an insight into my way of working in general…this is the second part…:)

The translation of places, of ephemeral and the substantial elements is a part of my work which shows in the work “Possible Spaces”, placed temporarily in public space in 2016.

I developed the work from drawings I made at the given place, the Lenbachplatz in Munich. Ephemeral lines from the city scape met with lines of architecture and infrastructure.

I folded the drawings and so made the space both collide and open up new spatial views on the place.

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Possible Spaces, digital print, 500 x 500 cm, 2016, photo: Sebastian Schels

Possible Spaces, original drawings: Ink on paper, 120 x 120 cm

Possible Spaces, original drawings: Ink on paper, 120 x 120 cm

Within my work, paper becomes sculptural through folds, cutouts and mirrors.

The tension between the parts which can be seen and the parts which are hidden underneath the layers of paper triggers the beholder to get into dialogue both with the artwork and his/her own inner world.Through the reflection of the polished steel the beholder becomes both part of the artwork and distractor within the own perception.

The following pictures show works of the series “Fragmented Fiction”, “Space” and “Torsionen”.

Spaces, 2017, Ink on folded paper, polished steel, cutouts, photo: Walter Bayer

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Torsionen 1, 105 x 75 x 5 cm, 2016, Ink on folded paper, cutouts, black cardboard, polished steel, photo: Walter Bayer

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Exhibition view “Torsionen”, Galerie MaxWeberSixFriedrich, Munich, 2017,
photo: Walter Bayer


In the series “Fragmented Fiction” the paper itself becomes sculptural:

The folds and cutouts create a real space that changes, depending upon the various way it’s lit; it opens up and at the same time it withdraws into itself.

There are always places in the fold, that can’t be seen. This allows one to imagine that the space that has been partially realized and partially asserted continues on inside of other, possible spaces.

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Fragmented Fiction 16, Ink on folded paper, cutouts, 50 x 33 cm, 2016, photo: Walter Bayer

After all, the drawing itself is more of an instrument of possibilities than of actualities.

As an invention, the line creates constellations that are logically imaginable, and at the same time, override both logic and the laws of nature.

The fold multiplies the potential constructions of space in one’s mind, as it alternates inversions, interior and exterior spaces, which also applies for the protagonists within the drawing.

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Fragmented Fiction 9, Ink on folded paper, cutouts, 44 x 36 cm, 2016, photo: Walter Bayer
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Fragmented Fiction 14, Ink on folded paper, cutouts, 56 x 38 cm, 2016, photo: Walter Bayer
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Fragmented Fiction 12, Ink on folded paper, cutouts, 48 x 30 cm, 2016, photo: Walter Bayer

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