Artist in Residence 2018
Hella Gerlach (b. 1977) is a German artist based in Berlin. She studied experimental sculpture at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, art history at the University of Cologne and design at the Cologne International School of Design.
Sculpture, object, installation, scent, performance and sound…The interrelationship between architectural, physical (human) and social bodies lies at the core of Hella Gerlach’s artistic practice. She produces ephemeral works out of ceramic and industrially manufactured fabrics. Her sculptures recall theories of embodiment, which underscore the physical, epistemological and situational aspects of subject formation. For Gerlach sculpture is not a static object. Her works aim instead to provoke a particularly physical or embodied experience/dialogue with the viewer (or user) through the deployments of elastic materiality, evocative surfaces, kinetic movement, ephemeral scents and sounds, and interactive devices. Together, these contrive to interweave the body of the viewer, the artwork and the space of display into a connected field of action.
Recent and forthcoming exhibitions took place at the Kunstverein Jesteburg (2018), Berliner Festspiele (2017), Kunstverein Braunschweig (2016), Bargehouse, London (2016), Palazzo Fruscione, Salerno (2016), Asia-Pacific-Center, Seoul (2015), Galeria Acappella, Naples (2015) Kunstverein Hildesheim/Roemer-Pelizaeus Museum, Hildesheim (2014), Kunstverein Langenhagen, (2013) Goethe Institut, Glasgow (2013) Kunstverein Schwerin/Museum Schloss Schwerin (2013) Mark Morgan Perez Garage, Buenos Aires (2010).