The Darker

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Le Mur, 2013 Photograph © by the artists. Courtesy Laura Mars Grp.
The Darker

Bülowstraße 52
10783 Berlin
September 28th, 2013 - October 25th, 2013
Opening: September 27th, 2013 8:00 PM - 11:00 PM

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+49 (0)30 61074630
Wed-Fr, 1-7 p.m. Sat, 1-5 p.m.


Claude Horstmann in her works probes border areas of contemporary drawing. Her second solo exhibition at Laura Mars Grp. is specifically focussed on this tension between abstract drawing, lingual impulse, and photographic material.

The new series “paroles” is – even though ink drawings always are about autonomization and abstraction – inspired by public, urban space. Its surfaces and states, its spatial conditionalities and manifold usages make it a place of diverse “languages”. It might as well be said: ‘Everything is drawn’ – and thus may be read reversely, or translated anew.

If real space is the place where gestures and modes of behavior generally express, inscribe, superimpose, sketch in or wipe out themselves, then the series of slides “M”, now shown for the first time ever, reproduces these effects in photographs taken in Marseille.

Its subject matter is autonomous drawing as well as sculptural and graphic states in the field of the real.

The exhibition and its title THE DARKER speak of this amplification of impulses, be they lingual or pictorial – or both.

We wish to thank the Karin-Abt-Straubinger-Stiftung

Claude Horstmann (*1960) lives and works in Stuttgart and Marseille. Studies of art sciences at Osnabrück University and Fine arts at The Stuttgart State Academy of Art and Design (Prof. Mahn, Prof. Kosuth).
1998 Sybille-Assmus-Award (Heidelberger Kunstverein). Grants, residencies (selection): 2011 Ville de Strasbourg; 2001 La Friche Belle de Mai, Marseille; 1999 Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris. Kunst am Bau (Art in Architecture contest): 2013 New building Hochschule für Technik Ulm; 2004 Robert-Bosch-Hospital, Stuttgart; 2001 State office of criminal investigation Baden-Wuerttemberg, Stuttgart. Exhibitions (selection): 2013 Les douceurs du péché, Centre de documentation, FRAC PACA, Marseille; Résidences croisées, Espace international, CEAAC, Strasbourg; 2011 Wie geht’s dir Stuttgart, Künstlerhaus Stuttgart; 2010 Permanent Signal, Gallery Laura Mars Grp., Berlin; 2009 Polyglottolalia Tensta Konsthall, Stockholm; DRAWING SCULPTURE, Daimler Contemporary, Haus Huth, Berlin. Collections: Artothèque de la Ville de Strasbourg, Daimler Art Collection, Deutsche Bank, Kunsthalle Göppingen, Kunstmuseum Stuttgart, Ministerium für Wissenschaft, Forschung und Kunst Baden-Wuerttemberg, Robert-Bosch-Hospital, The Department of Prints, Drawings and Photographs The Staatsgalerie Stuttgart, Graphothek City Library Stuttgart