Artist: Tobias Heine
Exhibition title: Muster
Curated by: Gergana Todorova
Venue: Künstlerhaus Bremen, Bremen, Germany
Date: November 19, 2016 – January 29, 2017
Photography: Franziska von den Driesch, all images copyright and courtesy of the artist and Künstlerhaus Bremen
Tobias Heine’s works address the boredom triggered by the standardized objects and spaces that we find ourselves involved with – as well as the possibility of inverting it. His videos and installations serve as phenomenological studies that focus on everyday objects and events such as pouring water into a glass, slicing a loaf of bread, or just sitting and waiting – placing a particular emphasis on these procedures’ temporal-aesthetic aspects. Subjected to conditions of monotony, repetition, and the dragging out of time, common and often standardized household items and environments become images that perform a reinterpretation of their own banality, while commenting on the assumptions that underlie the development of images and forms. Heine’s engagement with initially unattractive forms is characterized by an interest in the pictorial potential of the formal material of the everyday and its transformation through processes of selection, documentation, and (re)arrangement.
The presentation at the Künstlerhaus Bremen ties together groups of new works that were produced especially for the exhibition. In addition to Heine’s drawings, videos, and found objects, the exhibition also includes a work developed in collaboration with Kai Hochscheid and Cabinet Gold van d’flies.
Tobias Heine (born 1984 in Magdeburg, lives and works in Bremen) studied under Stephan Baumkötter at the University of the Arts Bremen. His degree show in 2015 was awarded the Karin Hollweg Prize, one of the most significant art grants for students at German universities, made possible through the generous support of the Karin and Uwe Hollweg foundation and connected with an institutional solo exhibition.
The exhibition is supported by: Karin und Uwe Hollweg Stiftung