Through the Times. Isabel Pauer

6 Jun 2015 – 27 Jun 2015


Berlin, Germany


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"I received a gift of a bale of parachute silk and immediately started drawing and sketching on it. It seemed like the bale would never end. Drawing is something that never ends." (I.P.)


Isabel Pauer's latest show "Through The Times" is comprised of large drawings on parachute silk, several paintings on canvas, and also of what she calls an "audio picture". Reduction is the governing theme of all of Isabel Pauer's works: how little does it take to show a lot? In her color paintings the artist reduces the rendered scenes to cut and dried shapes taken from everyday life. These shapes are detached from their original contexts and placed into new ones. 
The lines of the drawings, on the other hand, correspond with the airiness of the parachute silk on which they have been drawn, almost as if they were offhandedly thrown onto the delicate surface.

The work "Thinking In Reverse" is an abstract audio picture of music and text. In this work Isabel Pauer searches for congruities in her own works and those of her grandfather Professor Walther Pauer. Just about a hundred years ago Professor Pauer started to teach and research at the Technical University Dresden in the field of heat and power generation. The question posed by Isabel Pauer is whether artists and scientists have similar starting points in their thinking at the outset of their projects, on their way to results that cannot be clearly defined beforehand. In other words: does the actual process of searching might influence the outcome? Isabel Pauer's text is underscored by a piano piece performed on three keyboard instruments of different tunings: a Fazioli grand piano, a manipulated grand piano and a cembalo that had not been tuned for 6 years. In this work, too, reduction is the predominant theme. The audience is thrown back on their own ability to reduce the amount of information, text and sounds that they hear. They are forced to assemble their very own "picture" in their heads. 


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