In her work, Sara Wieckenberg looks for the “short form”, a reduction in the language levels or signs used, with the aim of generating maximum linguistic power and directness, and also to bring about a clear confrontation. It shows the vulnerable, the isolation, the creature, the helpless, the dreaming, often with angry humor. The permanent production of texts and drawings forms the basis for your work in space, for wall drawings, installations, but also videos and books.
Sara Wieckenberg, born in 1995, lives and works in Mannheim. After studying fine art at the HBK Braunschweig, which she graduated with a diploma and distinction in 2018 and with a Meisterschüler's degree in 2019, her work has been shown in numerous group and solo exhibitions, most recently as part of 39 ROOMS at the Heidelberg plant. From March to May 2021 she was the first artist to play Garten7 with the work “Garden conjuring (I love chess)”.
Jean D. Sikiaridis
On May 28th, 1984 Jean Daniel Sikiaridis, for whom the Perseïden appear, born on August 12th, 81 in Braunschweig, began to work in a self-normalizing gestural attitude in which he threw his pacifier in the garbage, since then cumulating with one consecutively cooperating unification theorem.
"I am interested in social-psychological processes, especially in the interactions between politics and technology on individual behavior and the resonance effect on overarching group dynamics in relation to politics and technology. By observing social spaces, I derive functional models and in this way immersively develop the" Fields of Abstraction ”. From these fields I create perspectives or considerations or standpoints that I bring together into artistic projects. My curatorial and artistic work extends over various materials, is partly cursory and overcomes categories of artistic activity. In this context, cooperation and interaction are a key feature. "
Lea Schürmann (* 1989 Jever, lives in Hanover) deals in her sculptures, drawings, texts and installations with the creation of meanings through language and sign systems. By appropriating, deconstructing, filtering and reassembling the structural logics of a specific context, she creates installations that either question the meaning of their respective surroundings or tell their own stories. She is interested in contradictions, mix-ups, dreams, inaccuracies and forgetting and, associated with this, in the fragility of generally recognized concepts of truth and reality.
Lea Schürmann completed her studies in fine arts in 2019 at the University of Fine Arts in Braunschweig, where she studied, among other things, in Anne Pöhlmann's class for photography and for the most part in the class for sculpture with Raimund Kummer. During her studies, she received various grants and prizes, including the Deutschlandstipendium in 2016 and an ERASMUS grant for a study visit to the Malmö Art Academy in Sweden in 2017.
Before studying, she was involved in self-managed cultural centers in Germany and the Netherlands for five years. After completing her studies, she completed a one-year academic traineeship at the Kunstverein Langenhagen, where she was involved in all organizational, mediation and curatorial tasks in close cooperation with Noor Mertens, the artistic director of the Kunstverein. She has had her own studio since 2021, which she shares with the artists Gregor Kieseritzky and Christian Holl.
For Garten 7, she developed the multi-part installation SNOOKIE, TAFFY, BUTCH AND BLUEY. At the heart of the work are two sculptures that cite different features (pose, structure, color, texture) of figurative animal sculptures that were found in the 50s to 70s as decoration in living rooms and gardens and are still to this day. For the interpretation of these classic figures, several different breeds of dogs and animals merge with each other to create a new, independent sculpture from this amorphous blend. In line with the core idea of the transformation, the installation itself was also carried out
gradually and the overall picture was completed in several stages over the course of the exhibition.
"Lass meine Hütte in Frieden", sagte das kleine Schwein. Aber der große, böse Wolf hustete und prustete und pustete das Haus hinfort.
In seiner künstlerischen Arbeit beschäftigt sich der in Braunschweig lebende und arbeitende Künstler Sascha Marouf damit, der Alltagsumgebung ihre Zweckmäßigkeit zu entziehen und ihr ästhetisches Sein zu betonen. Die ortsspezifische Skulptur "Friede den Hütten" greift dabei die Form der Gartenhütte vom Garten 7 auf und höhlt sie aus. Was als schützend angelegt ist, wird selber schutzlos.
Die Skulptur fügt sich als unbeteiligte und unbehelligte Kulisse ins Gartengeschehen ein, bleibt dabei allerdings alles andere als dezent. Aufdringliche Passivität und Provokante Friedlichkeit statt zurückhaltender Nützlichkeit und unveränderlicher Standhaftigkeit. Die Naturgewalten und der Kampf mit und gegen sie spielen im Verlauf der Ausstellung eine wesentliche Rolle.
Texts: The respective artists
Photos: Garden 7, Sara Wieckenberg