Living in A Sculpture

With the interdisciplinary art project “Living in a Sculpture”, Becker Schmitz and Pascal Bruns examine the personal spaces of individuals in the Creative Quarter of Oberhausen.  Eschewing traditional exhibition spaces such as galeries or museums, their sculptures are installed in private homes.

As every home is arranged and decorated according to the needs and desires of the inhabitant, the artwork is able to reflect some aspect of the individuals’ personalities. Some austere, some vibrant. Some reposed, some rampant. The sculptures sketch an internal image of and lend insight into the lives and living spaces of the individuals. All of the participants voluntarily contacted the artists to present themselves and lay bare a piece of their lives, making each visit a unique and intimate shared moment for both participants and artists. The artists were required to explore strangers’ homes searching for the ideal placement of each sculpture. In this early phase, before assembling and installing the pieces, the living spaces had to be instensively examined to establish the visual axes for the photographs. Only then could the intervention occur: stretching a line whose route makes the conceded space truly visible.

The line construction is made of black polyethylene cord and hung in a predetermined area. In this way, “Living in a Sculpture” unites three disciplines: photography, object, and drawing in space. The space and visual axes in this case are both dissociated and connected by the stretched lines.

Finally, the interventions can be entered and lived in by the participants, if they so desire. Depicted photographically, the installation reveals itself as a homogeneous, two-dimensional illustration. These photographs serve as reminders of the cooperation and solidarity experienced as “Living in a Sculpture” blurred the line between private and exhibition spaces, surmounting the strange and finding friendship.

Text by Nathan Derek Earp, 2016