In her work Heike Weber tests drawing processes beyond the usual format, sounding the depths of their dynamic potential in different dimensions and media. She creates installation-interventions in the form of expansive murals and drawings on the floor, as well as interventions that take over spaces and surfaces, using diverse industrial prefabricated materials such as carpet pieces, clothesline, and pieces of mobile, textural silicon. They all have a kind of double reality in common, which is the result of the intense relationship between placement and limitation, or between the specific drawing and the optical illusion. This also makes them physically effective, since her works disturb and alter the usual parameters of spatial perception.
Weber has also employed this expanded principle of three-dimensional drawing in her video works, most of which are loops featuring sequences of everyday observations, whose circular motion seems to obey its own set of non-functional rules. In another sense, this is also true of her figural drawings, whose motifs translate states of floating and weightlessness.
Whether with pencil, thread, scalpel, or camera, whether as an ornamental pattern or as a projected figure: Weber’s works permit viewers to recognize a decided interest in the processes of exploration and transformation in drawing, specifically passing on to them a sense of their own motion and perspective. This creates open areas and situations that subjectively explore (both physically and mentally) the phenomena of time and motion in the construction of space.
Weber’s new works were shown at the first exhibition at the gallery’s new location in Berlin, in May and June 2008. Titled “bungle rug”, the show featured, among other things, a mural and a large work for the floor: an oriental carpet made of white silicon.
Artist Bio / CV
1962 born in Siegen, North-Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
1981-86 studies at the FH Aachen (graphic-design), GER
1993 artist in residence, Glasgow School of Art, GB
1994 lectureship in the Departement of Environmenta Art, Glasgow School of Art, GB
1997 scholarship of the Research Institute for Inter-Culture, Seoul, South-Corea
1998 scholarship of the Foundation Kulturfonds Berlin,GER
2001 scholarship of the Kunstfonds Bonn of the Federal Republic, GER
2002 Ringenberg-Scholarship of the state NRW, GER
2003 scholarship of the Art and Culture Foundation NRW, GER
2004 scholarship of the Barkenhoff-Foundation, Worpswede, GER artist in residence, The Chinati Foundation, Marfa, Texas, U.S.A.
travel-schoolarship of the Art Foundation NRW, GER
2005 Casa Baldi scholarship of the Federal Republic, Olevano Romano, IT
2006/07 scholarship of the foundation Künstlerdorf Schöppingen, GER
Transfer scholarschip Türkiye–NRW, NRW Kultursekretariat, GER
2008 lecture for the academy of Fine Arts Stuttgart, GER
winner of the public Art Competition for the entrancehall of the University Hospital of Düsseldorf (realisation autumn/winter 2011)
2012 MMKK, Museum of Modern Art, Klagenfurt, AT
2011 scrub, Rasche Ripken Berlin, GER
2009 kilims a la turca, Wilhelm Lehmbruck Museum, Duisburg, GER
Flyers, Goethe Institut Toronto, CAN
Verführung & Ordnung, Gerisch Foundation, Neumünster, GER
2008 kilims, Lisi Hämmerle Gallery, Bregenz, AT
bungle rug, Rasche Ripken, Berlin, GER
kilimbim, Galerie Martina Detterer, Frankfurt, GER
2007 300 years Dorotheum, Vienna (with Erwin Wurm, Peter Kogler and Lynne Cohen), AT
2006 BODEN LOS, hall-installation in the Kunsthalle Vienna, AT
2005 baroccocorock, Martina Detterer Gallery, Frankfurt, GER
2004 barocco, Museum Morsbroich, Leverkusen, GER (C)
2003 drawing today IV, Kunstmuseum Bonn, GER (C)
1998 Drop, Kunstverein Arnsberg, GER
1997/2000/2004 Stefan Rasche Gallery, Münster, GER
1997 windows 1997, Kunstverein für die Rheinlande und Westfalen, Düsseldorf, GER (C)
1996/1999/2003 Otto Schweins Gallery, Cologne, GER
1993 Querweltein, Transmission Gallery, Glasgow, GB