Axial – The Eye 2015, Gerhard-Marcks-Haus, Bremen

Axial – The Eye 2015

Excerpt from "The activation of the object" (see texts)

What is specific about Helwing’s approach can be described and
exemplified with a look at his work Axial / The Eye.

In the spatially delimited part of the Museum bearing that title, the
artist assembles twelve bronze bust portraits by Gerhard Marcks,
set on twelve simple white museum pedestals in front of a coloured
wall. If one considers the ‘setting’ from the viewpoint of display, the
questions that spring to mind are content-related: which historical
personalities were selected; what are the commonalities between the
persons depicted on the one hand and the busts made by the artist on
the other; are thematic, stylistic groups formed or set in opposition, or
is a chronological developmental line made plausible? All these questions
will lead down a blind alley in the work of Christian Helwing, because the
essential question for the artist’s work is not ‘who’ is assembled here but
‘how’ they are assembled.

Consequently this approach both defines the works of Gerhard Marcks as
sculpturally formed material in the same way as the architectonic shell of
the Museum building itself becomes a component of the archi-sculptural
work of Christian Helwing.  Yvette Deseyve

Material:  grey paint, museum pedestals, 12 portraits by Gerhard Marcks
(bronze, originated between 1934 - 1978)