Exhibition: 29.07.2017-22.10.2017 | Opening Reception: 29.07.2017, 14:00
“Constructing Clouds – The opera isn’t over till the fat lady sings” Thorsten Goldberg
LOCATION: Centre of Polish Sculpture in Orońsko, ul. Topolowa 1, 26-505 Orońsko, Poland
Honorary patronage by Rolf Nikel, Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany to Poland
Curator: Eulalia Domanowska
The poetic exhibition of the Berlin artist consists of drawings, sculptures, objects, video film, sound installation and the documentation of the artist’s projects. Goldberg, specializing in art in public space, is going to create a new, monumental sculpture for the Orońsko sculpture park titled „The Opera Isn’t Over till the Fat Lady Sings”. Within the new sculpture, Goldberg exhibits three main focused objects that deal with the attempt to fathom intangible phenomena or invisible things, besides additional artworks from his past.
Part of the exhibition is a neon cumulus, amorph and ephemeral, and sliced horizontal in layers, like a tomography. It is a light object made from neon outlines suspended on thin steel ropes, luminous blue, ca. 300 x 210 x 160 cm, chrome-plated steel sheets. The horizontal neon contours are direct sculptural representations of drawn hatchings, as seen in drawings of clouds on medieval maps. They are used as metaphors for the afterlife, for wanderlust, infinity and freedom of thought, and for longings in general.
Additionally a new video shows the reflection of a large beech tree on a wet pavement forming a rectangular grid, a constructed frame, where the reflection is very reduced in color, and the image is constantly disturbed by the falling pixeled rain.
A topographic glass model of 40 very thin, brown toned glass sheets is shown in the glass pavilion. It is a triangulated 1:1 mock-up of the ground of the lake, a selected section of the ground of the Rolina lake in the middle of the park that is invisible. The data was taken by fathoming with a sounding-lead from a rowboat, following a grid of ropes, that were stretched over the lake – from shore to shore.
All three works are strongly constructed, and based on a kind of construction-grid that is the attempt to grasp something that is intangible and out of reach. Besides them, Goldberg will take off all the black silhouettes of the birds of prey on the windows of the orangery. Instead the artist will use UV paint, which is only visible for birds, to write messages for them onto the windows.
Besides the exhibition presents different mock-ups of earlier works, like the porcelain clouds, the model of his monumental public art project in Bergen in Norway, the model of the new work in Edmonton, Mount Okmok, a part of the new golden nest for Berlin, a gold branch from the artist’s beech tree, and the 3D plaster model of the ancient utopian map.