Exhibition – Place, Space, Void: Anne Daems: Kate Harding & Frances Scholz

PLACE, SPACE, VOID: ANNE DAEMS: KATE HARDING & FRANCES SCHOLZ April 19th – May 23, 2021

Photos by Audrey Kenison

PLACE, SPACE, VOID: ANNE DAEMS: KATE HARDING & FRANCES SCHOLZ Installation View
PLACE, SPACE, VOID: ANNE DAEMS: KATE HARDING & FRANCES SCHOLZ Installation View
PLACE, SPACE, VOID: ANNE DAEMS: KATE HARDING & FRANCES SCHOLZ Installation View
PLACE, SPACE, VOID: ANNE DAEMS: KATE HARDING & FRANCES SCHOLZ Installation View
PLACE, SPACE, VOID: ANNE DAEMS: KATE HARDING & FRANCES SCHOLZ Installation View
PLACE, SPACE, VOID: ANNE DAEMS: KATE HARDING & FRANCES SCHOLZ Installation View
PLACE, SPACE, VOID: ANNE DAEMS: KATE HARDING & FRANCES SCHOLZ Installation View

Taking its title from the writings of architectural theorist and urban planner, Günter Nitschke, the exhibition,  Place, Space, Void, speaks to the multifarious uses of the Japanese term — ma  間(ま-ma) = ‘space’ , that is understood by Nitschke to be the product of lived-space and lived-time.  Alongside this overriding theme, he also points out that in Japanese, the written characters for ‘time’ — 時 間 (じかん-jikan)  (literally: time-space) can be expressed as “space in flow,’ making ecologies of time the element that compliments space. 

Drawing on architect Isozaki Arata’s concept time = chronos + ma, and space= void + ma., to stress the importance of the ‘space between’ one object and another, Nitschke also suggests that when ‘ma’ is consciously included in our thinking,  it can become a unifying bond between the creator, the image  and the viewer.  Whether one upholds  the distinction between the existence of the void (the universe) and its infinity; the permanent and the temporary, or inspired by the nature of space and the weight of reality – memories, images and words make us who we are. 

Place, Space, Void, is a timely group show as each of the three artists’ explore numerous local and global interstitial spaces that they themselves and societies/communities continually have to navigate and inhabit in our current situation. They range from mapping personal geographies and private spaces — the body, psychological space, interiors,  to the exterior world — nature, the urban landscape and architectural spaces.  All three  artists  have lived and work between various countries, places, cities and time zones, yet at the same time they coexist in what the sociologist Manuel Castells, speaks of as the processes of ‘timeless time ‘ and  ‘space of flows’— two specific features that represent new configurations and a complex web of, “local, global and digital flows.”  For Castells, future cities, are not centres such as; London, New York, Tokyo or Johannesburg, instead he debates the argument that they become a feature of the connectedness of a global network society, what he is calling  ‘transformation of space and time in the human experience’, as he states,

 “.. it is the part of each which is connected to an analogous part in each of the others. The global city is a distributed phenomenon. There is only one global city, and it floats on top of the others like lace”.

Curated by Pamela Kember

 ARTISTS PAGES

Anne Daems

Artist’s Statement

Making drawings, photographs, videos and installations is a way of navigating through our complex world and drawing attention to the social and physical mechanisms that form the basis of our human condition. By focusing on the everyday details of life and pulling them into light, they can be meticulously analyzed and dissected into fragile fragments full of meaning and beauty. There are no grand gestures, there is no spectacle – nothing is important, and yet everything has meaning.

Brief Bio:

Anne Daems (1966) lives and works in Brussels and has exhibited internationally at De Pont Museum, Tilburg (NL), The Drawing Center, New York (US), Tokyo Opera City Gallery,Tokyo (JP), Museum Ludwig, Cologne (DE), Witte De With, Rotterdam (NL), Objectif Exhibitions, Antwerp (BE), CIC, Cairo (EG), Domaine de Kerguéhennec, Bignan (FR), Printemps de Septembre 2004,Toulouse (FR), Laura Bartlett Gallery, London (UK) and Nicole Klagsbrun Gallery, New York (US). She has previously collaborated with Kenneth Andrew Mroczek on projects, Opa-Tisha-Wocka-Locka (MER book) and When The Linden Blooms for Musée Matisse, Le Cateau-Cambrésis (FR). Last year she had a solo exhibition at 3A Gallery, New York. She completed her studies at LUCA School of Arts, followed by a postgraduate residency at the Rijksakademie in Amsterdam. Daems is a recipient of the Belgian Art Prize (Prijs Jonge Belgische Schilderkunst), and  currently a professor at Sint Lucas in Antwerp. Her upcoming solo exhibition Tuinkamer (Garden Room) opens at Bozar in Brussels on May 13th. She is represented by Micheline Szwajcer.

Kate Harding

Artist’s Statement

My fragmented and decentralized works subvert historic conventions of depicting nature as comprehensible “at-a-glance,” to make spaces of intimate and shared reflection. In recent paintings, drawings are translated into layered digital embroidery and in combination with painting, draped and sewn linen and gesso engage qualities of shifting light. Garment making often provides both a physical and metaphoric structure in my work. The materials refer to the tradition of landscape painting, while the thread image becomes part of the fabric itself and is obscured by the folds and shadows created by its manipulation.

Brief Bio:

Kate Harding is an interdisciplinary artist based in Brooklyn, New York. She was born in Martinsville, Indiana, grew up in rural Missouri and received her MFA from SVA Art Practice, New York (2014), her BFA from Otis College, Los Angeles (2003) and AAS from SUNY Fashion Institute of Technology, New York (2001). Solo and two-person exhibitions include 3A Gallery, SARDINE, and Grace Space (NYC); Track 16 (Los Angeles); and East Central College (Missouri). Recent group exhibitions include The Agnes Viras Art Center at Urban Glass, Paradice Palase, Art in Odd Places, 3A Gallery (New York), and LADIES ROOM, Tiger Strikes Asteroid, and Track 16 (Los Angeles). Harding received the UrbanGlass Winter 2020 Scholarship to study neon bending. Her work has been reviewed in Mapping Meaning Journal, The Brooklyn Rail, Artscene, ArtFile, Notes on Looking, FiberArts Magazine and others. Harding’s writing has appeared in The Brooklyn Rail, Tool Book Project and Café Dan Graham Poetry Slam, vol. 2 and she hosts the radio show Bicoastal Carpool on WPIR broadcasting from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York. Harding teaches at Parsons the New School of Design and Pratt Institute.

Frances Scholz

Artist’s Statement

Projection and painting are interchangeable in the work, with no particular hierarchy. There are no moving images, yet there are no images that are not moving. The painted surface functions not as an image, but as a visibly transparent membrane through which moving images can shine through. Maybe in my film the opposite is true.

Brief Bio:

Frances Scholz was born in Washington D.C. and studied at the College of Fine Arts, Berlin.

Since 2002 she has been a professor at the Braunschweig University of Art/HBK (DE) and

lives and works in Cologne.Her work has been the subject of solo exhibitions at venues including Abteiberg Museum Mönchengladbach (DE), CCA Wattis Institute San Francisco (US) and the Chinati Foundation, Marfa,(US). Further on institutions like the KunstMuseum, Bonn, (DE), Museum Ludwig, Cologne (DE),Chisenhale Gallery, London (GB), CAPC Museum, Bordeaux (F), Witte de Witt, Museum Rotterdam (NL), MOCA, Museum Los Angeles (US), Galeria Studio, Warsaw (PL), ICA, London (GB) or Artists Space and The Kitchen, New York (US) screened her films and presented her paintings.