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Lena Marie Emrich

meanwhile evaluating doubt with our elbows

19 06 2021 — 25 07 2021
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The inability to grasp the others’ presence is oftentimes unfathomable. A gentle touch, a simple caress seems impossible in certain moments, though we invent ever more tools to smoothen out the process of physical and emotional entanglement. We are trying to close the gaps between each other, but yet – willingly or not – more and more layers are added to it. But with the right filters, one might cope with it.


With her latest body of work Lena Marie Emrich (*1991, Göttingen, lives and works in Berlin) manifests a moment of distance that has been shaping everyday life in recent times. With adaptation comes the resilience to endure the given status quo, a hardended resilience towards the other and the self.
Independent of current events and yet indebted to them, Emrich explores the intersection of personal affections and sentiment, resulting in objects that radiate the cooled tranquility of industrial products opposing the viewer. Holding their poise, the works act as a barrier and gateway to somewhere else, leaving it up to the imagination of the beholder what to make of it. Emrich asks what it is that separates body, touch and thought from each other, in a time in which the other is approached with caution and to be kept at bay – for the sake of safety. Her new series takes on the notion of our recently protected environment, allowing us to face but also withhold the other. It is due to our time that we saw small forts of transparent walls being raised, helping to normalize what used to be normal. Look and feel, the latter postponed for the time being. Though the other person is clearly there, his or her gaze gazing at yours, the ties to each other are separated by just thin layers, sealed away, like a shrine. What’s right in front of you is, in fact, out of reach.
The shapes are based on dividers which lately have been made for i.a. for cabs “to reduce the spread of viruses and bacteria”. Their soft, warm colors and the inscribed poetic titles such as longing for a strangers shoulder grazing my chest somewhat juxtaposes the reflective slick acrylic surfaces, allowing for a reassuring look upon oneself. The works appearance bear the code of solitude, yet, small anectodes to human interaction remain visible – here a small accessoir, there a
handle to give hold, or at least, pretending to.


In a haze of a constant drift towards and away from each other, Emrich marks the total wear and tear of today’s viable social visions of accumulation and acceleration.
But even so: if we are drifting, we better make sure we look good in it.


In collaboration with Smile Initial, Vélaverkstæõi Skagastrandar and Werbetechnik Göke

Sylbee Kim

Catacombs of Love

03 09 2020 — 27 09 2020

Who Am I

A group of Work analysis

24 07 2020 — 30 08 2020

Elif Saydam

Selfing

05 03 2020 — 26 04 2020

Reading with Lina Sommer

23 02 2020 — 23 02 2020

Lina Sommer

2 - 1 - 0

09 01 2020 — 23 02 2020

Tramaine de Senna

Snakes in Paradise

07 11 2019 — 05 01 2020

Unttld Contemporary

Exit II (Prolog)

08 04 2019 — 12 04 2019

Marie Munk

A Nice Day for a Run

11 01 2019 — 10 02 2019

Patrick Fabian Panetta

CAFE DURBAN

01 12 2018 — 05 01 2019

Bertrand Flanet

Colorful Maladies

11 10 2018 — 03 11 2018

Aline Bouvy & Nicolas Pelzer

Late Dawn

10 05 2018 — 03 06 2018

Edition

BOX THREE

25 04 2018 — 28 04 2018

Luca Trevisani

Hot

24 03 2018 — 22 04 2018

Benjamin Brett

Orrlando

19 01 2018 — 18 03 2018

Jonathan Monk

Name Used To Fill Space

09 11 2017 — 14 01 2018

Joachim Coucke

Strength in Numbers

07 09 2017 — 01 10 2017

Edition

BOX TWO

08 05 2017 — 08 05 2017

Zuzanna Czebatul

Away

10 03 2017 — 02 04 2017

Klaus Kleine

Elephant in the Dark

26 01 2017 — 28 02 2017

Amy Ball

Third Eye Blind

14 10 2016 — 29 10 2016

Atlas Economy

Don't Dust

31 08 2016 — 30 09 2016

DSCTHK

Up Close, Nothing Personal

09 07 2016 — 28 08 2016

Misael Soto

Solo Show

28 06 2016 — 06 07 2016

Edition

BOX ONE

17 05 2016 — 31 05 2016

Anders Clausen

Straight Lines

31 03 2016 — 01 05 2016

Patrick Fabian Panetta

SCALE OF RATING

02 02 2016 — 06 03 2016

Paul Czerlitzki / Piotr Łakomy

20 11 2015 — 04 12 2015

Ellen Yeon Kim

Within Our Time

15 10 2015 — 31 10 2015

Joshua Sex

Ass's Bite

01 09 2015 — 04 10 2015

Compliance / Non-Compliance

23 07 2015 — 09 08 2015