SPRING WATER TASTES FUNNY
SPRING WATER TASTES FUNNY
Solo Show, Kunstverein Jesteburg, 2021
press release by Isa Maschewski
Laura Franzmann's artistic practice is characterized by an interest in the diverse communicative potential of images. The artist explores the ways in which a picture can tell stories, arouse associations or initiate thought processes. A research-intensive, well-founded examination of the content of cultural-theoretical, philosophical and political topics creates a conceptual basis as well as the motivation for Franzmann's work. The artist succeeds in combining aesthetic expression with complex theoretical questions. Laura Franzmann's objects and installations can be found in scenarios she has created, which enable various options of perception and sometimes seem like snapshots of a process that has not yet revealed the end of its course.
spring water tastes funny illuminates the topic of “transformation” from multiple perspectives. The artist lets her works tell of uses and initiates subtly orchestrated chains of associations and lets viewers take on different receptive perspectives. Franzmann makes us think about the human-made dualism of nature and culture, about the belief in the all-soulfulness of the environment and the possibility to look emphatically at the living beings that are different from us humans.
“What words do we choose and how do they determine our thinking and actions? Is it enough to leave it to our children to feel deep empathy with all living beings, in folk tales and picture books? To let animals and plants speak, to give bodies of water or insects a personality, an independent agenda, awareness and a sense of pain? Which of our problems could be solved if we just gave more space and meaning to certain narratives in our lives?” Laura Franzmann examines questions like these in her solo exhibition, questions that arise in a present like ours, in which the desire for touch, togetherness, connection and hope, is very present and noticeable, could hardly be more relevant.
Laura Franzmann created a room-filling installation for the KVJ, produced with the help of techniques that are mainly used for lining and decorating interiors with textile applications, such as tufting, a technique for producing three-dimensional textile surfaces. The artist has changed the architecture of the exhibition space of the Kunstverein Jesteburg e.V., ensuring more light permeability and viewing options from the outside. Her work emphasizes the architecture of the former bank building in a special way. Laura Franzmann makes a play of colors and surfaces in the room tangible and in this way creates numerous connections, the discovery of which has a lasting effect.
exhibition documentation by Fred Dott
how to have wings (I-IV), tufted wool, MDF, stained spruce wood, 2021
how to have wings (V)
Show me the Flow (I), cotton fabric collage, stained spruce wood, 700 x 150 cm, 2021
detail of Show me the Flow (II), cotton fabric collage, stained spruce wood, 1200 x 150 cm, 2021
untitled, graphite on paper, 42 x 29,5 cm