Stephen Wirtz Gallery announces Wilderness, an exhibition of new sculpture by Ulrike Palmbach. Wilderness presents two large scale installation sculpture works from Palmbach, Wilderness and Waiting.
Wilderness defines an unruly space, a place where navigation is difficult. As an installation, Wilderness presents a playful take on the unruly, consisting of numerous individual loops forming a continuous tangle on the floor similar to brambles that serve no purpose and have no ending point. Working with an invasive wild vine that grows rapidly in South East Asia, Palmbach’s choice of the natural vine suggests the possibility of invasion. Through this installation Palmbach tamed this vine by soaking, bending and jointing it into place. Combining the natural and the psychological, Wilderness mimics communication efforts as a vast tangle full of snares and predicaments which can be both comical and desperate. In its literal sense, the sculpture acts as a space in nature, uncultivated and untamed.
In a similar vein, Waiting reframes carved wood sculpture hanging on a rail to appear as if they have been hanging there for a long time, so long that they have gone soft and stretched out due to their own gravity. Situated on an oversized rail, Waiting resembles bones that have long lost their rigidity, crossing over one another like a person would cross over their legs while sitting and waiting. Contrary to its appearance, each sculpture is carved out of thick boards of wood lacking any flexibility. The horizontal rail structure Waiting is situated on is purposefully oversized, so the objects that it holds appear a bit lost and forgotten.
Ulrike Palmbach was born in Sindelfingen, Germany, and received her BFA from San Francisco Art Institute. In 2008, Palmbach’s work was included in “Comme des betes,” at Musee cantonal des Beaux-Arts de Lausanne, Switzerland, and in 2005-2006 her work was selected T-Turin Triennial Threemuseums: The Pantagruel Syndrome, an exhibition of international artists curated by Francesco Bonami and Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev.