Installation.

 

A herringbone parquet floor is broken. The single wooden elements are pushed together and arch wave-like and shoulder-high upwards.

(not yet realized)

Installation. Oak parquet floor

 

In an exhibition space that is lined with herringbone parquet, the parquet floor has risen up apparently caused by a force from below. The re-assembly of the individual pieces of wood has created a delicate "surge" of wood.The installation links a moment of disaster - the spatial image recalls at first superficial glance, the photos taken of destroyed rooms after a flood or an earthquake - with a man-sized sculpture.

The sculpture has been built by laborious, time-consuming manual work. The roughness of the destruction on the one hand has its counterpart in a composition which follows each single detail and strives to rise elegantly upwards. The disastrous becomes highly aesthetical.

The sculpture is made only with the pieces of wood which once lay on the floor and which because of the three-dimensional work are now missing. At the front of the exhibition room iron braces are located on the bare floor to hold the tension in the parquet.

In the "parquet wave" we might be reminded of the "Polar Sea" by Caspar David Friedrich or "The Great Wave" by the Japanese artist, Hokusai, where the grandeur and the dynamics of the force of nature are captured and visualized.

The interior with the raised floor becomes the outer space and a walkable sublime landscape.Instead of a one-to-one interpretation of a picture of disaster or a replica of a wave or an emerging ice floe, the sensitive treatment of each wooden piece of the sculpture aims to create a form which - despite the impression that chaotic forces of nature were at work here - does not try to hide its constructed nature.What at first seems to be a frozen image of a "natural disaster, is, like so many disasters in our time, a "man-made disaster".An everyday material that is usually unobtrusive and is taken for granted when walked on, takes on a surprising, new form.

The solidity of the ground beneath our feet is called into question.

(Christine Biehler)