New exhibition – Cornelia Hediger – Vernissage 8 JuneJune 6, 2017
Exhibition: 8 June till 30 August 2017
Vernissage: Thursday, 8 June, 6.30pm – Open: Thu-Sat 14-18
DEAR Art Room
Kleine Reichenstr. 1, 20457 Hamburg, +49 (0)40-209343582
Doppelgänger – one with itself. Relevant to this topic, an article recently published in the magazine GEO was illustrated with images created by Cornelia Hediger. The article, entitled “The many facets of the ego”, discusses the complexity and multi faceted nature of the soul. That is exactly the subject of the New York based artist, Cornelia Hediger.
The fragmented self-portraits from the series “Doppelgänger” provide an insight into the wonderful and imaginative everyday world in which the protagonist embarks and reflects herself. While the first images from the Doppelgänger series were realized rather spontaneously, the images that followed were based on more detailed sketches that helped to stage more precise stories. For each fragment within the set, Hediger takes numerous photographs that are followed by careful selections to complete the tableaux.
A woman in the existentialist dialogue with herself. As soon as these stories tilt into their turgid scenes, the fragmented photographs call for a soothing provocation and reflect back the complexity of self-survey. Her visual collages create a balance between fiction and reality from this complexity. Despite the surreal appearance, the work conveys sense and sensibility.
Puppenhaus - The title of the series irritates at first. The association with a dollhouse, a self-contained, idealized microcosm, does not seem to correspond with the collaged images right off the bat. Finding the real world bulky and unapproachable, Hediger designs her imaginative worlds where, how could it be otherwise, she plays the lead role again. Before Cornelia Hediger reaches out to x-acto knife and glue to create new worlds, she finds inspiration in books, museum visits or viewing photographs. Only then does the creative process kick in, a process where Hediger uses pieces of photographs to create a new and surreal world. She combines landscapes and places with elements that in reality have nothing to do with each other. But then again, Cornelia Hediger generates personal moments that can be found in her life.
A Trabi from Berlin set in an Italian village in dialogue with multiple protagonists and animals, some of which are closely associated with the author, others visiting the picture by chance from another story. The elaborate process creating these unique pieces radiate a certain timelessness since the clothes and the places presented cannot be clearly defined. In fine details, Hediger reveals autobiographical moments and personal feelings from her past and presents them within her stories.
It is kind of reassuring when one is confronted with works that don’t fall into the inflationary flood of trivial selfies and other visual flat fliers. In Hediger’s collages one can almost feel the patient effort as the images combine through uniform content and visually appropriate form.