Lisa Seebach’s space-consuming course of sculptural formations is reminiscent of a deserted playground at night. Like delicate drawings on a piece of paper, constructions of steel stand shakily in the exhibition space. They evoke notions of processes frozen in time, absurd training tools, or a conglomeration of homemade machines from an unknown industry. Seebach’s sculptures made of bent steel and ceramic volumes appear like highly enlarged drawings transcribed in space. The works’ underlying freehand drawings emerge on site from memory, or are based on research as extracted from observations, abstract circumstances, and individual emotions and thoughts. They refer to architectonic elements, forms and structures that are isolated, modified, and newly combined.
Lisa Seebach (born 1981, Cologne, Germany) studied at the Braunschweig University of Art. In 2016, she received the Friedrich-Vordemberge Prize of Cologne, the Gustav Weidanz Award in Halle and the artist’s prize of Brandenburg. Her work was show in recent group exhibitions at artothek, Cologne, 2016; Kunstverein Hannover, 2015; Villa Arson, Nice, 2015; Idling Gallery, Berlin 2014; and Biennale Mulhouse, 2012.
Residents from Germany
Derek Dunlop’s work questions the process of subject formation and the tradition of art making. His research has focused on the political, ethical, and philosophical conditions for contemporary abstraction through the mediums of painting and drawing. More recently, he has been developing sculptures and installations of “table works.” Using the affective vitality of found objects as a starting point, the new series of works are created to think through the creative agency of things. Evolving from very specific landscapes, this work is concerned with the way in which the present is continually haunted by the past.
Derek Dunlop completed his MFA at the University of British Columbia and will be pursuing his PhD in Art History at the University of Toronto in 2017. Dunlop was a participant of the inaugural Open Sessions program at The Drawing Center, and partook in the thematic residency Are We Looking at Dead Birds? at Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity. He has been the recipient of numerous grants and awards including the B.C. Binning Memorial Fellowship and the Andrew MacIntosh Memorial Book Prize in Fine Arts. Dunlop’s work has been presented in art spaces throughout North America including UCLA New Wight Gallery, Los Angeles, and Artspeak, Vancouver.derekdunlop.com
Residents from Canada
Stephanie Gudra’s work deals with the history and production of images. In her art, there are often references to visual arts and its techniques, general methodical processes, and the metaphysics of images and signs. Gudra’s works question what an image is, and reveals various relationships between the medium and the image.
Stephanie Gudra (born 1981, Germany) has a Master of Arts in philosophy, German philology, and general linguistics from of the University of Münster, Germany, and a diploma in Fine Arts from the Academy of Fine Arts Münster. Gudra is currently in a postgraduate program at the Academy of Media Arts Cologne.stephaniegudra.de