Project Description

Kunstverein Neuhausen
Double exhibition with Hannes Trüjen
Curated by Susanne Jakob
2008

Introduction Susanne Jakob:
For the exhibition at the Kunstverein Neuhausen Beate Baumgärtner (with the support of the Freudenberg group of companies) has created a bright coloured space that is based on a type of modular system. The lowest common denominator, also contained in the exhibited C-prints and in the floor surface computations – is based on the HSH basic module. The artist developed her HSH basic module in 1996 from the design of a dishwashing sponge that has a standard production format of 21 x 19 cm²… In the meantime, the HSH layers form the starting point for all larger real and virtual material accumulations. While the sponge module and installations are still very compact and manageable, these same modular structures develop an incomprehensibly rampant life of their own in the CAD program of a computer. By layering, turning and doubling – as well as changing the zoom factor, the close-range and long-range settings – apparently endless mega-structures are created on the electronic drawing board that can only be visualised fragmentarily. As can be seen here at the exhibition, the visualisation of these quantities of data takes place via C-prints which, in addition to a chromatically sophisticated cartography, also have land-registry-like numbering with which the particular field of study is defined…

… On the other hand, the floor work created specially for the Kunstverein Neuhausen with yellow dishwashing sponges, which soaks the exhibition room in a harsh yellow light, has a special place in the work of Beate Baumgärtner. The first optical impression that one has on entering the room is “colour field painting with dishwashing felt”. This is based, like much of the artist’s work, on a quasi-mathematical concept that is connected with parts and grids, and divides the yellow ‘carpet’ into 121 elements. Each element is 85 x 82 cm² and is stamped with a seal with the location, dimensions, code and issue number, certified as MULTIPLE… [press]