The two artists share the thematic common ground of an elsewhere, an exotic place which, in the case of Barbara Eichhorn, is to be found in her use of tradition and history to set the scene of the here and now, while Almut Rink deals with the subject by working on the screen with media references to other places. The two artists thus approach the phenomenon in different ways:
BARBARA EICHHORN, in her large-scale drawings which are drawn directly onto the wall, takes as her subject the various perspectives of a rural idyll that sets its own pastoral scene and reassures itself of its own identity through a kind of historical tourism.
ALMUT RINK, in her video installation, undertakes an imaginary journey on the screen, without leaving her desk, and in doing so deliberately makes use of constructed images of Nature as a component of mass culture.
The movement of a traveller determines the perception of his world and of himself, regardless of whether the traveller has been travelling for months, is making a weekend trip to the country, or even is only crossing his own room.
In this exhibition, the image of an ideal location is investigated as a utopia and as the vanishing point of technical civilisation.
In both positions, an outside which uses Nature as a model still exists, but only as an image – other places are also referred to, indicating one's own state and giving rise to a natural surface composed of textual and pictorial quotations, a journey to the centre of the world – to the “I”.
Parallel to Almut Rink's video installation and the wallworks of Barbara Eichhorn, we are showing a series of small-size drawings, on which the two artists collaborated. These reflect the working process: convergence and divergence.