9 June – 19 July 2020
Eva Gentner’s artistic oeuvre encompasses painting, performance, video as well as expansive installations. Her works are often interdisciplinary in nature to the extent that she combines these elements with such neighbouring art forms as music, dance and literature.
A special emphasis of her poetic works is placed on the thorough examination of materials and their characteristics. The artist regularly selects substances like cement or burlap, which she treats in a way that results in fragile works of art that challenge the viewer’s haptic (visual) experience.
Proceeding from Herman Melville’s 1851 novel Moby Dick, the artist conceived her most recent series of works for her exhibition at the Rudolf-Scharpf-Galerie, one that deals with the ocean and transient spaces. To this end, Gentner created accessible, seemingly sculptural buoys that bring about a new sense of space.
Eva Gentner (born 1992, lives in Mannheim) studied with Helmut Dorner at the Staatliche Akademie der Bildenden Künste in Karlsruhe. She has received grants in conjunction with the EHF 2010 Programme of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung as well as from the Kunststiftung Baden-Württemberg and the Cité Internationale des Arts Paris.
Opening: 8 May 2020, 6 p.m. in the Rudolf-Scharpf-Galerie
"Making-Of" - The exhibition "ocean"
"ocean" at Rudolf-Scharpf-Galerie: Artist Talk René Zechlin, Director with artist Eva Gentner
Based on the novel Moby-Dick by Herman Melville published in 1851 Eva Gentner designed the exhibition ocean around her newest work series at the Rudolf-Scharpf-Galerie, which deals with the ocean and fleeting spaces.
Gentner's artist book Moby Dick is an extension of the exhibition. It contains a poem by the artist, that traces Melvilles story and questions the mysterious and unfathomable ocean as well as the connected human emotional and sensory impressions in a poetic way.
The article Eva Gentners nomadische Kunst by Philipp Ziegler serves as an introduction to the artist book.