Josepha Gasch-Muche "Mutable Materiality"

Heller Gallery

poster for Josepha Gasch-Muche "Mutable Materiality"

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The exhibition includes nine works by the award winning artist born in Saarland, Germany. Gasch-Muche absorbed early the teaching of her professor, Boris Herbert Kleint. Kleint was a Bauhaus member and student of one of the school’s core teachers and theorists, Johannes Itten. The Bauhaus explorations of the essential “materiality” of substances have had a marked influence on Gasch-Muche’s work. She originally experimented with other materials, but in 1998 started working with very thin, industrial liquid crystal display glass.

Breaking the glass into shards, she arranges them, by the thousands, into simple geometric forms, which reflect and absorb light. The interplay between the light and the glass creates an ambiguity of perception. When viewed from a distance the objects seem to have a smooth surface with a mother-of-pearl sheen and can appear soft and fur-like, but up close they reveal themselves as sharp and menacing. Whichever position the viewer takes, the Gasch-Muche’s objects remain intangible and mutable in their surface and form. They are fabricated of glass on wood or canvas, but light is their catalyst. They seem to glow from inside or open into deep dark spaces, in which unknown, far away constellations sparkle.



from October 14, 2011 to November 12, 2011

Opening Reception on 2011-10-13 from 18:00 to 20:00

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