Esther Kläs / Linda Matalon
Düsseldorf, 19 May 2017 - 08 Jul 2017
Exhibition view
Press release
Esther Kläs' sculptures follow an autonomously defined logic that sets her work in relation to episodes of art history, such as minimalism and abstraction, while at the same time authentically positioning it in the here and now of present-day contemporary art. Esther Kläs' works give rise to an ongoing dialogue between body and environment, which already starts with her process-oriented engagement with plastic materials such as concrete, clay, plaster, or artificial resin. Although they are static in sculptural terms, Esther Kläs’ sculptures appear to be in constant motion between object, figure, and space. Despite their abstraction, or perhaps precisely because of it, her sculptures refer to their own presence that enters into a performative relationship with the body of the beholder. In doing so, Esther Kläs' works avoid any kind of metaphor or narration in favor of direct experience.

Linda Matalon's abstract drawings are created in a complex work process alternating between applying and removing different layers of wax and graphite on paper. Her works combine the sculptural approach of Minimal Art with the gauging of body-space relationships as it can be found in Performance Art. Indeed, in the 1970s Linda Matalon's early career began with a highly acclaimed group of post-Minimal wax and metal sculptures. Her subsequent, large-format paper works develop a corporeal presence, with their abstract shapes and lines constantly reminding the viewer of the production process and appearing as ephemeral "posits" of mental cartographies.

Esther Kläs, born 1981 in Germany, lives and works in Barcelona. Solo exhibitions include "Better Energy", MoMA PS1 New York (2012),"Girare Con Te", Museo Marino Marini, Florence, Italy (2014), "Our Reality", Fondazione Brodbeck, Catania, Italy (2015), "Whatness" (with Johannes Wald), Kunsthalle Bielefeld, Germany (2016). Her group exhibitions include "Drawing Redefined", DeCordova Museum, Lincoln, MA, USA, (2015), "Playing by Heart", Kolumba, Cologne, Germany (2014), KölnSkulptur #7, Cologne, Germany (2013), 6th Prague Biennale (2013), "Champs Elysées", Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France (2013), "Knight's move", Sculpture Center,LIC, New York (2010), "Immaterial", Ballroom, Marfa, TX, USA (2010). Her works are part of institutional collections such as Kolumba Museum Cologne or Kunsthalle Bielefeld.

Linda Matalon, born 1958 in the United States, lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. Her works are in the collections of Centre Pompidou, the Deutsche Bank Collection, and the Hood Museum at Dartmouth College. International exhibitions include "Risk" at Turner Contemporary, UK (2015), "The Circle Walked Casually" at Museo de Arte Moderno de Buenos Aires, and Deutsche Kunsthalle Berlin (2014 and 2013), "Linda Matalon, Agnes Martin, Joyce Hinterding" at National Art School, Darlinghurst, Australia (2014), The 11th Biennale de Lyon (2013), Immaterial, Ballroom, Marfa, TX (2010) and 7th Mercosul Biennial, Brazil (2009).

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