Exhibition Opening „ROSEMARY MAYER Ways of Attaching“
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For Rosemary Mayer ( Protected content ) – artist, author, translator – sculpture was a field of all but unlimited possibilities. Mayer’s objects made of delicate fabrics seem to defy the law of gravity. The sculpture "Locrian Mode"is composed of paper-thin wooden slats, pulled into precarious balance, in a test of flexural strength. Her fleeting and festive "Temporary Monuments", outdoor installations made of balloons and snow, embody Mayer’s own notion of a social sculpture in motion: "The art object should not be still, unmoving, and independent of its circumstances. Nothing is," the artist wrote in Protected content . Through the lens of the art of her time, Mayer interpreted different traditions and genres to formulate her own artistic idiom: In her work, the cool detachment of Minimalism rubs shoulders with Mannerist painting, Baroque cultural history, the exuberance of Rococo architecture, the writing of mystical medieval authors and contemporary poets.
This exhibition is the first survey of the artist’s idiosyncratic oeuvre. Our title "Ways of Attaching" is purposefully equivocal: Attaching is a method for binding materials together, as well as one for establishing emotional connections with friends and peers, past and present, which was central to Mayer’s understanding of art. At Lenbachhaus, the focus is on Mayer’s sculptural methods of draping, knotting, stretching, and balancing; methods which metaphorically extend into the artist’s larger practice
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