Untitled (Silver and Gold)

2007
Fabric dye, Wood, Paint, Cotton
185 x 200 x 45 cm
Edition of 1

Untitled (Silver and Gold) is part of Eva Berendes' series of Folding Screens or Paravents. Folding screens originated in China and soon became popular in Japan for their architectural functionality, but were also considered a work of art in their own right. Over the years, these screens arrived in the Western world, bringing with them a dialogue between art and design. Untitled (Silver and Gold) expands upon this dialogue, whilst investigating questions about both painting and sculpture by combining and conflating references to these varied fields. Composed of parallel threads, strung tautly around a wooden frame, as if for weaving, Berendes employs an applied arts sensibility to construct rigorous abstract forms using the language of formalism associated with sources such as modernist painting, Bauhaus architecture, Hollywood glamour and 1980s Memphis furniture. Untitled (Silver and Gold) reveals the suggestive nature of these historical movements, emphasizing their close relationships and underscoring Berendes' ability to develop her own vocabulary of modernism through an engagement with its history, and its wide-reaching influences.

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About The Artist

Berendes work often mixes art historical references with design and basic craftsmanship. Her works implicit meaning reaches far beyond the works ostensibly modernist aesthetic and are frequently influenced by sources as diverse as Russian Suprematist painting, the Bauhaus movement, Amish quilt-makers, the Arts and Crafts Movement, Hollywood sets and 1980s Memphis furniture. Employing the formal vocabularies of these varied sources, Berendes produces works that combine and conflate these histories, alluding not only to their rigorous aesthetics, but also to the political and cultural climates from which they arose.

Eva Berendes

Born: 1974

Other Artworks by Eva Berendes at CASS

2008

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