Artists: Ingrid Becker, Till Megerle, Camilla Steinum
Exhibition title: Elbow
Venue: Hordaland Kunstsenter, Bergen, Norway
Date: February 22 – April 14, 2019
Photography: All images copyright and courtesy of the artists and Hordaland Kunstsenter, Bergen
Elbow presents the work of Ingrid Becker, Till Megerle and Camilla Steinum. Pointing to labour, architecture and the physical interaction, Elbow is a presentation of three individual artists who display parallel readings in the encounters that arise between the works. Elbow is an exhibition that could be described as a meeting point between the hand and the brain, the joint that makes movement possible, or the limb that makes us get close to other people – sometimes coming in hard, like a punch.
The elbow of Ingrid Becker (b. 1952) embraces the shape of the object. It gently folds around the object, since it is made to the proportions of the body. Her elbow explores, layer on layer, the construction of volumes awaiting content. The elbow of Ingrid Becker sources materials from nature, and applies intensive labour to process these materials to what is the basis of her medium. Becker’s elbow educates and visualizes movement between historical weaving techniques and experimental ways of applying this today.
The elbow of Till Megerle (b. 1979) works with scenarios and situations. If not through film, the elbow of Till Megerle concentrates on detailed, time consuming drawings. Through delicate strokes and pencil lines it creates scenarios where body parts meet and are thrown up-side-down. The elbow appropriates and shares sub-cultural social codes and gestures that sometimes cross the border of abusive atmospheres. Not without scars and scratches, the elbow of Till Megerle knows how to break a fall and that the elbow is the hardest bone in our body.
The elbow of Camilla Steinum (b. 1986) reaches out to pet a dog, a gesture of care and friendship. As in many of her works, it touches upon the subject of interacting bodies – intentionally or otherwise. The Elbow of Camilla Steinum creates motives of lines and routes that form objects with the character of puzzles. Like elbows, these puzzles are solid constructions yet can be dismantled into loose parts. Sometimes her elbow wears a sleeve.