September 11 - November 6, 2011
The saying “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure” turns out to be strangely true in the form of artistic upcycling. The exhibition TRANART 8 presents a variety of compelling and inspiring works that have been born out of the most abundant of materials: household and industrial waste.
TRANART is an international collective that consists of three individually established artists: Swiss-Canadian Deeter Hastenteufel from nearby Flesherton with Sibylle Groene and Bernadette Schroeger from Germany. Since 2003 the group has created and exhibited works in Germany and Canada that connect to the natural, ecological and social environment through a theme or process. Like an inscription that can be read backwards, the collective’s name TRANART refers to ”the simultaneity and sometimes equivalence in forming and disintegrating ideas in a transitional manner”. The name also suggests the transatlantic movement of the collective. The exhibition at the Gallery marks TRANART’s eighth artistic endeavor. The trio of artists will display new and site-specific works that examine ideas of transformation through the use of waste materials and processes such as corrosion and decay.
Internationally acclaimed artist Deeter Hastenteufel has been working in a variety of media including painting, sculpture and collage for more than 30 years. Leaning towards the experimental work of the Bauhaus and the Russian Supremacists he uses trash as his artistic medium. Waste is a local and global concern and for Hastenteufel art is a potent tool to address these concerns.
Since the late 1980s Sibylle Groene has been experimenting with industrial waste and primarily scrap metal. She is best known for employing the dynamics of corrosion processes when creating painterly compositions. Groene manipulates the surface of paper, canvas and other artistic media through layering, wrapping and folding them around sheet metal and exposing them to oxidation. Nature imprints itself in those works and leaves behind new forms, shapes and colours accentuated by the artist with tar, ink or paint as a final touch.
The work of Bernadette Schroeger complements the creative approach of Groene and Hastenteufel in a beautiful and imaginative way. Foremost an abstract painter, her art as a TRANART member involves time and social interaction: she collected used coffee filters from her neighbourhood to cover machine-created shapes. She uses industrial styrofoam packaging to create installations and relief collage, similar to the classical arrangements of Hastenteufel’s work.