Nov 3 – 5, 2017
The Others, Torino, Italy
at the former hospital Regina Adelaide
Since one year, Anja Langer and Marie Jeschke have been working as an artist duo. They both have a strong individual artistic practice. Where Langer comes in as a painter, Jeschke interacts as a sculptor. Their meeting material is glass – a common base, a playground or a slide to write on. These are fragile tables with razor sharp irregularities. Their angles are protected with improvised padded frameworks and the surfaces enriched on both sides with pigments, raw materials, objects, engravings and fluids. Here, gestures meet and blend. Marie Jeschke and Anja Langer are always able to see each other through. Here, they negotiate the limits of their own practice and medium – painting and sculpture – and put at risk the notion of individuality. From this new utterance arise hybrid bodies, moving- and shared-objects, that become contact zones to pool actions and resources in a most intimate way.
For the Others, they appropriate and transform two small rooms of the former hospital Regina Maria Adelaide in an immersive trip into their meeting point, the base material: glass. This slick medium, double face, with its never-ending transparency – an element like water or air, an in-between – allows them to manipulate it and play with its surface and all its overlaying possibilities. The admission rooms of the hospital, the entry point of a place that hosts capital moments of the existence as well as daily life essential needs, intensify the idea of a passage from a space to another, from a stage to another; somewhere in between an extreme intimate vulnerability and anonymity. This old front desk space and its counter window become here the display of a site-specific video- and glass installation. Immerged in water, the two artists are touching and moving a glass plate at the edge of the surface: sometimes deeper underwater, sometimes approaching the air. This surface line keeps the sequenced moving images together and converts the medium glass into a liquid open source material.
In the background of the glass reservoir, new experimental totos – from their ongoing series of small format glassworks – are slightly enlighten and coated in a tactile and fluid composition. Collected and protected, the specimens complete the framed spectacle at the crossroad between a nocturne diorama, an aquarium and a bathroom period room, as a nod to the artists’ interest for these weird chambers where wet and dry meet in everyday life.
Marie Jeschke and Anja Langer | washing chambers___
Video- and glass installation, 2017, variable dimensions
This project is kindly supported by LambertsGlas® – www.lamberts.de
Photo by Jeschkelanger