1996. Object. Art Museum Wolfsburg, Germany.
5 bathroom sinks, bubble bath, pumps

 

 

From five bathroom sinks which hang about 30 cm above one another foam tongues arch into the exhibition space.

1996. Object. Art Museum Wolfsburg, Germany.
5 bathroom sinks, bubble bath, pumps

 

 

Five large, Bahama-beige bathroom sinks hang about 30 cm above one another in the middle of the wall. From morning till evening, white suds bubble up from and spill out of the sinks, forming spreading clouds of foam that arch forward into the room and, when the engines are switched off at night, again collapse. The sculpture takes shape - each day differently.

The sinks are not connected to the water supply and are doubly useless because of the dysfunctional manner of their mounting. As relicts of a routine reality, they call to mind the context of their utility in the bathroom of a private residence. The bathroom - only in our time a purely private place of cleansing and of nakedness - has for precisely that reason become a fortress of intimacy. In it, sinks and their drainpipes are the links to the outside, the interfaces to the public. But the sinks collapse! In the place where everything undesired is normally rinsed away, lewd tongues of suds arch out, as if from widely opened bodily orifices.

The particles of soap solidifying on the surface of the foam fall back onto the floor, where, with the passage of time, they form a slippery layer of spruce-scented soap in front of the sculpture.

Venus World formulates a commentary to Donald Judd’s famous “stacks“, in which identical boxes made from industrial materials reach into the room and in a vertical arrangement rise up to ceiling height. The rigorous structural clarity is implemented in the tradition and manner of Minimal Art but critically reflected, complemented and countered with the change into the narrative and subjective.
The act of perception becomes an eminent physical experience whereby smell, the appeal of the surfaces and movement of the ephemeral material engross the observer: The once uneventful “specific object” strikes back.

1996. Object. Art Museum Wolfsburg, Germany.
5 bathroom sinks, bubble bath, pumps

 

Daneben gab es noch viele geniale Werke. Besonders originell: venus World“ von Christine Biehler. Mittelpunkt der Arbeit sind fünf Waschtische, aus denen Schaum quillt. Der trocknet und fällt dann als feine Kügelchen zu Boden.

(Wolfsburger Allgemeine 23.11.1996)



 ...Den von der Stadtsparkasse Lud wigshafen gestifteten Publikumspreis erhielt die 1964 in Landau geborene Biehler für die von Idee und Formkraft her vielleicht eigenwilligste Arbeit in der Ausstellung. Der Grundgedanke ist eine Fontäne, bei der Wasser von Becken zu Becken überfließt.
Christine Biehler montiert fünf Waschbecken übereinander an die Wand.  In jedem wächst Badeschaum, durch eine im Becken montierte kleine Pumpe hervorgebracht, zu bizarren ver¬gänglichen Skulpturen, kippt ab und sinkt über den Beckenrand zu Boden...

(Heike Marx, in: DIE RHEINPFALZ, 26. 3.1999)