At first glance, Parisienne remind of lead glass windows and glass works famously known from valuable ornate gothic church windows that are steeped in history and art nouveau stained glass through to 20th century hobby kitsch. On closer inspection the materiality, technique and imagery seems to be out of date. Moving along the border between High & Low Art these works reference the trail from exclusive craftsmanship to mass production. Referring to the extensive database of how-to guides such as wikiHow that pervade our daily life, Gerrit Frohne-Brinkmann and Emanuel Mauthe highlight a gesture that usually takes place behind closed private doors. What we encounter is the moment after when a sensual moment transitions into a pragmatic undertaking. For NADA Miami 2020, Gerrit Frohne-Brinkmann and Emanuel Mauthe’s Parisienne are presented in a former kiosk that is nearly entirely made from windows. Warm light permeates not only the glass structure of the house but also the Parisienne that slowly sway back and forth presenting all aspects of their delicate membrane. The transparency of the site leads to a joyful interplay between the visitor and the work revealing a hidden gesture.
Gerrit Frohne-Brinkmann (*1990, Frisoythe, Germany. Lives and works in Hamburg). Selected exhibitions include Corpse Flowers, Nassauischer Kunstverein, 2017; A New Low, Stadtmuseum Oldenburg, 2017; Cave Art Comeback, Kunsthalle Bremerhaven, 2018; You Know Who, Kunstpalais Erlangen 2019; In the unlikely event of fire, Kunstverein Reutlingen, 2020.
Emanuel Mauthe (*1984, Vienna, Austria. Lives and works in Vienna). Selected exhibitions include Strange Teaching, New York, 2015; Coperto, Skulpturinstitut, Vienna, 2016; Golem schläft, stage play, Prinzregententheater München, 2017; Good Service with Gerrit Frohne-Brinkmann and Gina Fischli, 14a, 2019.
Gerrit Frohne-Brinkmann and Emanuel Mauthe currently have an exhibition titled 'Fragments of Friendship' on view at 14a, Hamburg.
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