If We Dissolve Now / We Are More Than We Ever Were
The Elba Benítez Gallery is pleased to announce the upcoming exhibition of new work by Isa Melsheimer, opening November 25th.
Titled If We Dissolve Now / We Are More Than We Ever Were, the exhibition will consist of a selection of ceramics, gouaches, fabric prints with embroidery, as well as a series of Polaroid photographs. While the works on view present differing aesthetic points of departure in various formats, taken together, they address the questions of permanence and change, particularly in relation to the intertwining of the natural world and the built environment.
Isa Melsheimer (Neuss, Germany, 1968; lives and works in Berlin) creates work that centers around a research-driven dialogue with history, and in particular with the architectural and design history of the 20th century with all its political, ideological and social complexities. Melsheimer employs a wide variety of media and materials, primary among which are sculpture (often in concrete or glass) and gouache paintings, but also extending to ceramics, textiles, embroidery, living plants, and video. Melsheimer frequently arranges these objects and materials into autonomous installations characterized by juxtapositions of sharply contrasting and even opposing characteristics, such as between the inorganic and the organic, monumentality and intimacy, delicacy and stolidity, observation and imagination.
Melsheimer has had solo exhibitions at the Centre international d’art du paysage Île de Vassivière (Beaumont-du-Lac, 2022); MAMAC Musée d’Art Moderne et d’Art Contemporain, (Nice, 2021); KINDL – Centre for Contemporary Art (Berlin, 2020); Kunstverein Heppenheim (Heppenheim, 2018); CRAC Centre d’art contemporain (Montbelliard, 2018); Städtische Galerie Delmenhorst (Delmenhorst, 2018); Fogo Island Art Gallery, Fogo Island (Newfoundland, 2018); the Mies van der Rohe Haus (Berlin, 2017); Ernst Barlach Haus (Hamburg, 2015); art3 – art contemporain (Valence, 2015); Ikob, Museum für zeitgenössische Kunst (Eupen, 2014); Santa Monica Museum of Art (2012); Kunsthaus Langenthal (2010); Carré d’Art – Musée d’art contemporain de Nimes (2010); Städtische Galerie Nordhorn (2008); Stiftung Arp Museum Bahnhof Rolandseck (Remagen, 2008); Mönchehaus Museum Goslar (2007); the Chinati Foundation (Marfa, 2005); Bonnefantenmuseum (Maastricht, 2004).