2002. Installation. Kassel / 2003. Frankfurt am Main. Hessian Broadcasting Corporation. Germany.
Ice, metall and wood construction, 3 metre spherical diameter, cooling unit, tubes, 60 paletts

 



A huge, brightly glistening ice ball, which seems to float slightly, is caught in a pillar. Icy tubes gush out of the opening. Visitors view the ice ball from an observation stand made of wooden pallets.

2002. Installation. Kassel / 2003. Frankfurt am Main. Hessian Broadcasting Corporation. Germany.
Ice, metall and wood construction, 3 metre spherical diameter, cooling unit, tubes, 60 paletts

 

The exhibition space is cooled down considerably. An ice ball of three metres in diameter is lying a little over the stone floor changing the situation and the atmosphere: deep freeze. Frost-covered tubes penetrate the ball and emerge from it. The ice clings to the architecture and involves it in the sculptural composition. On the floor they form increasing curves in the shape of the leaked fluid.

The time seems to be frozen: the waterfall, the purling, the changing puddles at the end of the outpour are stopped and remind of the different ice phase only by the decorative composition of the tubes. Instead of successive dewing and water puddles the atmospheric humidity and the visitors` breath condense on the ball forming constantly new ice layers so that the ball and its „waterfall“ increase slowly but continuously. In this process the structure of the ice surface changes: what was first sharp-edged crystalline and knurled takes the aspect of a soapstone.

The mighty sculpture in its reduced form is despite its size and high profile fragile and volatile: a huge cooling unit keeps the temperature under the frost level and is placed outside the building. The lots of tubes as well as a distant buzzing indicate the type of the subframe construction and the complex technical effort.

Natural phenomena, their construction and deconstruction have recently been the subject of the artistic work of Christine Biehler. In the hr as well it is not the nature, not a piece of „eternal ice“ which is trying to maintain its ancestral place. The wonder of ice in the interior room, so dependent on the functional efficiency of technical facilities, can amaze the visitors only for a limited time period of exhibition - and nevertheless open new and lasting scope for imagination and fantasy.

 

 

2002. Rauminstallation. Kunstverein Kassel. Eis, Metall/Holzkonstruktion, 60 Europaletten, Kühlaggregatschläuche



Christine Biehlers Installationen sind poetische Räume als begehbare Bilder, die ihre Erzählung in erster Linie über das sinnliche Erleben entwickeln, deren Material sich aber dann in eine Metapher wendet und einen gedanklich hintergründigen Hof bildet.
Auch diese - wie viele Arbeiten von Christine Biehler - verschwindet einfach nach der Ausstellung, das Eis schmilzt und alles ist dahin.

(Bernhard Balkenhol/ Auszüge aus der Eröffnungsrede)