Installation view

When The Picture Left Me It Was Already Too Late and other new works

Nice & Fit Berlin 2008

Play

Leather, stretcher, 100 x 80 x 80 cm, 2009

Pool

Leather, wing screw, 30 x 16 x 6 cm, 2009

Press release by Helena Papadopoulos

“It is just as well reasonable to allegorize one kind of bondage through another, as something really existing through something that doesn’t exist.” Daniel Dafoe

I kept getting images of new works Angela had been making in the studio since December and each time a jpg landed on my screen it seemed it had been in this zone into which the old state turns into the new. Her artistic project appears to be centered around the idea of turning sculptures into paintings or paintings into sculptures, although she works in many different ways that include writing, video and sound. The Daniel Dafoe quote above preceded some notes she sent me and in some ways describes the manner in which she deals with the dialectic of two and three dimensional space: a play, a substitution, a presence through absence, a restriction that by its very existence makes escape sweeter. For example, in “Invitation Of The Stranger”, 2009 she removed the buckle from a leather belt, inserted a metal rod in its place and hung it on the wall from one of the already punched holes. This wall work takes on the appearance of painting: a horizontal met by a vertical line against the white (usually) background. Conversely in paintings such as “When The Picture Left Me It Was Already Too Late”, 2009 a speech bubble is cut on the stretched leather, exposing what lies behind the picture plane, including ‘real’ space in the painting eld-not simply in an attempt to address issues of installation- but rather as a disturbance that expands the parameters of painting’s own dimensions.Though there are af nities to Steven Parrinos “misshapen paintings” her vocabulary instead of a no wave, punk-rock in ection is imbued with a minimalist but inherently poetic sensibility.

Her open-ended experimentation with found objects and materials that range from weathered leather, metal, glass containers, belts and suspenders, hanger chiefs, but also cables, plastics, plexiglass, paint and canvas echoes the pursuits of the Zero group and their equal interest in works with physical presence as well as in ephemeral gestures that offered “immateriality” as an alternative logic.

So far, Angela Mewes has been reformulating assumptions made in connection to categories within aesthetics, while also triggering the aesthetic potential of objects. Her exhibitions operate as stages within which these redescriptions can, in the artist’s words: “set sail, disconnect, show the calm of the trouble”.

TAZ BERLIN, Mittwoch 4. März 2009
Kühle Sperrholz-Schönheit
von Dominikus Müller
Viele der Arbeiten von Angela Mewes befassen sich mit der Dekonstruktion der spezifischen Materialvoraussetzungen einer künstlerischen Gattung, seien es Wandbilder oder Raumobjekte. Auf fragilen Sperrholzrahmen hat sie etwa gefundende Stoffe oder Velourleder aufgehängt. Statt wie üblich, straff gespannt als Malgrund zu dienen, hängen sie hier aufgeschlitzt oder in Streifen lose herum. Das wirkt für sich genommen schon sehr einnehmend, doch das eigentliche Surplus dieser Ausstellung bei Nice & Fit ist die Kreuzung dieser weichen und fragilen Konstruktionen mit einer übergreifenden konzeptuellen Kühle.