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Nina Wengel, Annika Unterburg,Heading for a land of eternal sunshine, xpon-art Hamburg

Annika Unterburg & Nina Wengel: Heading for a land of eternal sunshine (installation view). Foto: stephiwald.com.

Nina Wengel & Annika Unterburg: Heading for a land of eternal sunshine @ xpon-art Hamburg

Heading for a land of eternal sunshine is an exhibition with Nina Wengel and Annika Unterburg at Xpon-art in Hamburg curated by Tijana Miskovic (Ex YU / DK).

The exhibition is a visual dialog between the artists and focuses on the notion of time and language, through the use of repetitions.

When used artistically repetitions stop being a practical method and become an eternal process; they become rituals. With the time these rituals do not only become an embedded part of the artistic praxis but also a grammar for the artistic language.

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Nina Wengel shows a series of paintings with a repetitive sunset motif. Almost like a pattern the motif is painted in different sizes and on different materials such as wood, plastic, and cardboard. The many sunsets clearly show that her artistic production is driven by a certain kind of necessity that we cannot see an end to.

On a symbolic level the sunsets have a beautiful and romantic connotation, but looking at the almost manic quantity the sunsets get darker connotations like trauma or death. The sunset can be a symbol of a day or a life ending.

Annika Unterburg also shows a series of “bildobjekte” and a sculpture. Most of the works have fishing baits mounted on a painted color surface. A fishing bait is both an attractive and deadly object. In her works, Annika Unterburg examines the relationship between the beautiful, understood as the good, and the evil. Something threatening is at stake in her works, which we can sense for instance in the color black used in her paintings. There is something menacing in the tension that develops while waiting for the fish to bite. One is waiting for the moment that will mark the fish’s transition from life to death. There are two different time perceptions at stake in this waiting: the more meditative circular sense of time, like in meditation and the more linear that belongs to the strategic thinking.

The philosopher and linguist Per Aage Brandt explains in one of his theories that the human language related to imagination was developed by fishing women.

“To fish (without sailing) is especially a matter of standing in the water and waiting, and then, when conscious actions reflect themselves mimetically and readably, the focus will necessarily be intentionally on the absent object – the fish-  as the subject for the waiting.” In other words, our ability to create images of something that does not exist, rather, to relate to abstractions as a communication method, is associated with the act of waiting. In Annika Unterburg’s works, the waiting is connected to the fish while it in Nina Wengel’s relates to the sun or the new day and not least, the hope; the belief that there is a reason to go on.

During the installation of artworks, the two artists have been collaborating in order to create a single, space-related, exhibition connected to the characteristics of the exhibition venue. The raw aesthetics of the xpon-art space and the partially ghostly atmosphere, support the concept of the exhibition: Something that is absent but still communicative, something that seems threatening as much because of its beauty as its dark side; Something that builds bridges between different perceptions of time.

Nina Wengel, Annika Unterburg,Heading for a land of eternal sunshine, xpon-art Hamburg

Nina Wengel: From the on-going mix media series ”Oh, what a beautiful eternity". Foto: stephiwald.com.

Nina Wengel, Annika Unterburg,Heading for a land of eternal sunshine, xpon-art Hamburg

Nina Wengel: From the on-going mix media series ”Oh, what a beautiful eternity”. Foto: stephiwald.com.

Nina Wengel, Annika Unterburg,Heading for a land of eternal sunshine, xpon-art Hamburg

Annika Unterburg: Hochzeitsbuffet, 2015, canvas on wood and mix media. Foto: stephiwald.com.

Nina Wengel, Annika Unterburg,Heading for a land of eternal sunshine, xpon-art Hamburg

Nina Wengel & Annika Unterburg: Heading for a land of eternal sunshine (installation view). Foto: stephiwald.com.

Nina Wengel, Annika Unterburg,Heading for a land of eternal sunshine, xpon-art Hamburg

Nina Wengel: From the on-going mix media series ”Oh, what a beautiful eternity". Foto: stephiwald.com.

Nina Wengel, Annika Unterburg,Heading for a land of eternal sunshine, xpon-art Hamburg

Nina Wengel: From the on-going mix media series ”Oh, what a beautiful eternity". Foto: stephiwald.com.

Nina Wengel, Annika Unterburg,Heading for a land of eternal sunshine, xpon-art Hamburg

Nina Wengel: From the on-going mix media series ”Oh, what a beautiful eternity". Foto: stephiwald.com.

Nina Wengel, Annika Unterburg,Heading for a land of eternal sunshine, xpon-art Hamburg

Nina Wengel: From the on-going mix media series ”Oh, what a beautiful eternity". Foto: stephiwald.com.

Nina Wengel, Annika Unterburg,Heading for a land of eternal sunshine, xpon-art Hamburg

Nina Wengel: From the on-going mix media series ”Oh, what a beautiful eternity". Foto: stephiwald.com.

Nina Wengel, Annika Unterburg,Heading for a land of eternal sunshine, xpon-art Hamburg

Nina Wengel: From the on-going mix media series ”Oh, what a beautiful eternity". Foto: stephiwald.com.

Nina Wengel, Annika Unterburg,Heading for a land of eternal sunshine, xpon-art Hamburg

Nina Wengel & Annika Unterburg: Heading for a land of eternal sunshine (installation view). Foto: stephiwald.com.

Nina Wengel, Annika Unterburg,Heading for a land of eternal sunshine, xpon-art Hamburg

Annika Unterburg: 7 doctors couldn’t help this head, 2016. Foto: stephiwald.com.

Nina Wengel, Annika Unterburg,Heading for a land of eternal sunshine, xpon-art Hamburg

Annika Unterburg: Join the Flamingo night club!, 2017. Foto: stephiwald.com.

Nina Wengel, Annika Unterburg,Heading for a land of eternal sunshine, xpon-art Hamburg

Annika Unterburg: Illusionist, 2015, canvas on wood and mix media. Foto: stephiwald.com.

Nina Wengel, Annika Unterburg,Heading for a land of eternal sunshine, xpon-art Hamburg

Annika Unterburg: But I am the tiger (Jorge Luis Borges, 2015, canvas on wood and mix media. Foto: stephiwald.com.

Nina Wengel, Annika Unterburg,Heading for a land of eternal sunshine, xpon-art Hamburg

Nina Wengel & Annika Unterburg: Heading for a land of eternal sunshine (installation view). Foto: stephiwald.com.

Nina Wengel, Annika Unterburg,Heading for a land of eternal sunshine, xpon-art Hamburg

Nina Wengel: From the on-going mix media series ”Oh, what a beautiful eternity". Foto: stephiwald.com.

Nina Wengel, Annika Unterburg,Heading for a land of eternal sunshine, xpon-art Hamburg

Annika Unterburg: Fishing for compliments, 2015, wood and hooks. Foto: stephiwald.com.

Nina Wengel, Annika Unterburg,Heading for a land of eternal sunshine, xpon-art Hamburg

Nina Wengel & Annika Unterburg: Heading for a land of eternal sunshine (installation view). Foto: stephiwald.com.

Nina Wengel, Annika Unterburg,Heading for a land of eternal sunshine, xpon-art Hamburg

Nina Wengel: From the on-going mix media series ”Oh, what a beautiful eternity”. Foto: stephiwald.com.

Nina Wengel, Annika Unterburg,Heading for a land of eternal sunshine, xpon-art Hamburg

Annika Unterburg: “Happy Birthday, Death!”, 2017, wood and hooks. Foto: stephiwald.com.

Nina Wengel, Annika Unterburg,Heading for a land of eternal sunshine, xpon-art Hamburg

Nina Wengel & Annika Unterburg: Heading for a land of eternal sunshine (installation view), 2017. Foto: stephiwald.com.

Nina Wengel, Annika Unterburg,Heading for a land of eternal sunshine, xpon-art Hamburg

Annika Unterburg: Liebensperlenpalette 1, 2015. Foto: stephiwald.com.

Nina Wengel, Annika Unterburg,Heading for a land of eternal sunshine, xpon-art Hamburg

Nina Wengel & Annika Unterburg: Heading for a land of eternal sunshine (installation view). Foto: stephiwald.com.

Annika Unterburg: Nirwana Hotel, 2008, wood and mix media. Foto: stephiwald.com.

Nina Wengel: From the on-going mix media series ”Oh, what a beautiful eternity”. Foto: stephiwald.com.

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