FEATURED ARTIST: Eva Berendes
Eva Berendes’ works interrogate how we establish an object as a painting or a painting as an object. They consider the rhetorics of geometric abstraction in relation to the human body, to architectural space, and to other objects, whether these are quotidian products or artifacts from the Applied Arts.
A recurring format in Eva Berendes’ practice is the screen. She makes screens that are free-standing, hanging, or leaning in the space, screens that structure and mediate, screens that display other objects. Permeable elements – like grids, welded “play-fences”, cut-out perforated sheet metal and semi-translucent curtains– are animated by their surroundings. The works resonate to varying extents with formats and categories of assemblage, still life, relief, display, furniture design, Craft, Minimalism and Postmodernism.
Eva Berendes has studied at Akademie der Bildenden Künste Munich (DE), Hochschule der Künste Berlin (DE) and Chelsea College of Art & Design, London (GB). Her works have been presented in solo and group exhibitions in venues such as Hara Museum Tokyo (JP), CRG Gallery New York City (USA), Bundeskunsthalle Bonn (DE), Witte de With Rotterdam (NL), Museum für Moderne Kunst, Vienna (AU), Grazer Kunstverein (AU), Bielefelder Kunstverein (DE), S1 Artspace, Sheffield (GB) and de Vleeshal, Middelburg (NL). The artist lives and works in Berlin.
Eva Berendes, The Middelburg Curtain, 2011. Cotton, hand-dyed cotton, steel. 118 x 385 ¾ inches (curved). Courtesy CRG Gallery New York, Sommer & Kohl Berlin, Jacky Strenz Frankfurt, Ancient & Modern London, and the artist.