Invitation to the exhibiton
Alexandra Hendrikoff - 'Noetic Handiwork'
Quittenbaum presents works by Alexandra Hendrikoff from October 20-27
Opening: Thursday 19th October, 19 to 21 p.m., Theresienstr. 58, Munich
The intense examination of nature, the understanding of life’s cycles and the belief in a cosmic energy that one feels intuitively rather than rationally, stands in the center of Alexandra Hendrikoff’s works of art. She collects components like dandelion seeds, tree lichens, kozo paper and grasses, which constitute the artist’s frail objects, while wandering through nature. With these natural substances Hendrikoff adorns in meditative handwork the surfaces and holes of her light paper sculptures, which remind of organs, insect cocoons and underwater creatures. Sometimes it is hard to believe that these objects with all their details are man-made. Looking inside, one can see cells, veins, seeds - essential elements of plants and animated beings. The dimensions of Hendrikoff’s objects range from a few centimeters (15x12x12 cm) to three meters, nevertheless, they are light enough to be fixed to the ceiling on almost invisible nylon threads.
In her solo exhibition at Quittenbaum's, Hendrikoff shows a section of her work - hover objects, for example the ‚Herzkammern‘ - ‚Chambers of the Heart‘, the Medusa-like ‚plantar-knowingly‘ (2016) and the ‚Love your fears‘ photograph (83x83x4.5 cm). ‚Noetic Handiwork‘ is the title of the gallery show. Hendrikoff herself explains this unusual term in ‚Metamorphosis‘, the monograph catalogue published by Hirmer in 2014, giving a comprehensive insight into the artist’s understanding of art and work in process: „I came across the word ‚noetic‘, where the expression ‚noetic handiwork‘ comes from, in a neuroscientist’s book about synesthetic sensory perception. In my view, it describes a type of mental recognition that gathers knowledge in ways that differ from the traditional scientific-analytical laboratory approach.“
Alexandra Hendrikoff (*Bad Reichenhall 1965) studied at the Acadamy of Fine Arts Munich. In 2011, she spent a year in Rio de Janeiro, as Artist in Residence at the EAV Escola de Arte Visuais. In June 2017, she inspired the Munich audience with her ‚Para-Pagode' installation at the Kunstareal, which was part of the group exhibition ‚Parasympathikus - urban silence and inquietude‘.
We are looking forward to your visit,
Yours Askan Quittenbaum