Knotenfänger
2021
Kunstverein Reutlingen, Germany
30.05. - 03.10.2021

Exhibited works:
Große Fenster, 2021
Schalter Wandel / Bank Wandel, 2021
Wandlandschaft, 2021
Monolith, 2013
Vitres I, II, III, IV, 2021
Raumteiler I, II, 2021
Glasständer, 2021
Regal (Künstler), 2021
Garderobe I, Banca, 2021
Garderobe II, III, 2021
Regal (Bauer), 2021
Figuren, 2021
Papieraufhänger, 2021
Siebmaschine, 2021
Papierkorb, 2021
Regal (Wissenschaftler), 2021
Regal (Handwerker), 2021
Blaumann Papiergitterjacke, 2021

Text:
Imke Kannegießer
Armin Knauer

With the knotter he patented in 1860, the wire cloth weaver Christian Wandel developed an apparatus for paper production that protected screens from the wear caused by coarse pulp impurities, ensuring consistent paper thickness for the first time. The artist Sunah Choi has developed sculptures, works on paper and installations especially for the Kunstverein Reutlingen that are inspired by the local history of the Wandelhallen and the imagined manufacturing processes of a production chain. Large steel sculptures made of welded grid structures refer to changing rooms or lockers for staff, wall objects recall spools for drying paper reams, and installations of coarse mesh refer to screening machines. The exhibition “Knotenfänger” (knotter) not only traces the industrial history of the building, but also addresses contemporary work. Choi’s own work process is always characterized by logic and intuition: first, ideas and experiments accumulate alongside extremely precise research, followed by an absolute reduction to the essential, resulting in an austere yet highly poetic aesthetic. The juxtaposition of antithetical principles—such as the combination of the massive and the fragile, light and shadow, construction and deconstruction—forms a dialectical interplay of space and time borne by a fascinating lightness and yet tightly wound.
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Photo: Frank Kleinbach