until 14.04. | #1890ARTatBerlin | lorch + seidel contemporary presents from 1. March 2018 the exhibition IF I HAD A HOME with objects and sculptures by the artists Dafna Kaffeman and Wilken Skurk.
Wilken Skurk’s sculptures Home, Nest and Tresor (Strong Room) embody visions of the theme of dwelling. Despite their divergent approaches, all three works are sustained by an essentially affirmative tenor of inner repose. With its dominant blue glass, Home resembles a cathedral. The two towers could be reinterpretations of the king and queen figures of a chess set. The bond that joins them transforms this structure into a sacred place. In contrast, Tresor (Strong Room) soars upward like a medieval fortress. This defensive character is underscored by the use of opaque white glass. Nest makes an impression of playfulness, serenity. The internal air bubbles endow the transparent glass with vividness.
Dafna Kaffemann’s “solitary wolves are treated in autonomous isolation – they don’t tolerate anything nearby. At the same time they are both connected and disconnected to their neighbors” as Henrietta Brunner writes. They are simultaneously predators and prey. Homeless, lacking a place of retreat, they are vulnerable, compelled to fend for themselves. One wishes they could enjoy a safe haven, a place where they could escape omnipresent danger and find peace.
DAFNA KAFFEMAN (born in Jerusalem 1972) graduated in 1999 from the Gerrit Rietveld Academy, Amsterdam, and received a Master in Fine Arts from the Sandberg Institute, Amsterdam in 2001. From 2003-2016, Kaffeman was head of the Glass Studies Department of the Bezalel Academy for Arts and Design in Jerusalem. Dafna Kaffeman lives in Tel Aviv. RECOGNITIONS | 2016 Design Prize awarded by the Israeli Ministry of Culture | 2011 Creation Engorgement Prize awarded by the Israeli Ministry of Science and Culture | 2008 Bombay Sapphire Prize, Finalist. PUBLIC COLLECTIONS | Corning Museum of Glass, US-NY | Montreal Museum of Contemporary Art | Victoria and Albert Museum, London | Kunstsammlungen der Veste Coburg | ErnstingStiftung, Coesfeld, DE | Alexander Tutsek-Stiftung, München | Musée du Verre, Carmaux, FR | David Owsley Museum of Art, Muncie, US-IN. | Museum of American Glass, Milville US-NJ | Racine Art Museum, Racine, US-WI.
WILKEN SKURK (born in Dresden in 1966) studied sculpture at the Academy of Fine Arts in Berlin-Charlottenburg. In 2001, professor David Evison awarded him the title of Meisterschüler. Wilken Skurk lives in Berlin. RECOGNITIONS | 2013 Guest Artist Pavilion Project, Toledo Museum of Arts, US-OH | 2008 Bombay Sapphire Prize, Finalist | 2006 Coburg Glass Prize, Alexander Tutsek Prize. PUBLIC COLLECTIONS | Ernsting Foundation, Coesfeld-Lette, DE | Kunstsammlungen der Veste Coburg, DE | Alexander TutsekFoundation, Munich | Glasmuseum Hentrich, museum kunst palast, Düsseldorf | Glasmuseum Frauenau, DE | Musée du Verre, SarsPoteries, FR.
Vernissage: Thursday, March 1st 2018, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Exhibition period: Thursday, March 1st to Saturday, April 14th 2018
Finissage: Saturday, April 14th 2018, 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.Zu lorch + seidel contemporary
Links: Wilken Skurk | Home | Cast glass, bronze, concrete, 160 x 110 x 90 cm | 63 x 43.3 x 35.4 inches | H x L x W
Rechts: Dafna Kaffeman | Dead | Flameworked glass, aluminium, silicone, 70 x 85 x 5 cm | 27.6 x 33.5 x 2 inches | H x W x D
Exhibition Dafna Kaffemann + Wilken Skurk – lorch + seidel contemporary | ART at Berlin