The Artworks by Ulrike Böhme
At the end of the 20th century our cultural world is involved in an intense
process of change. Along with the crossover of form and content, the informal
use of the media plus different work techniques has led to a closer association
between the genres. What immediately catches the eye is the possibility of
a new relationship between art and architecture.
Thus the artworks by Ulrike Böhme are closely related to the origin of
their respective context and can only be experienced in reference to their
own spatial and thematic environs. Which means for the artist that her field
of work must be constantly defined in situ. The artwork does not begin with
her choice of material, a raw block of stone or an empty canvas in a studio.
Her speciality is a certain form of art, in which her reaction to the given
circumstances and the interplay with other participants is central.
When commissioned, she integrates a work into newly finished architecture
or participates beforehand in the planning of the different building stages.
She is accustomed to examining the area, the situation and the process for
their content, their potentiality and, above all, for the time frame the transformations
are subject to, so as then to respond quite deliberately. A work by Ulrike
Böhme is characterized by the fact that it reacts to its contextual givens
in such a way that presence and future both come into their own.
The form and content then chosen do not, however, lead back to what was originally
found but allow us to perceive an autonomous means of expression that is increasingly
more intelligible. Thus the formal implementation of Ulrike Böhme's ideas
are characterized by a very clear structure and an almost puristically severe
construction, by a starkly reduced language of form and color.
That poetic images, despite this, do emerge is not contradictory, but on the
one hand is linked to the respective thematic setting of the chosen fields
and, on the other, founded in the underlying mood, in which - almost inevitably
- the phenomenon of transparency has an important role to play.
Thus windows, niches, breaks in walls, screens that - not till a second glance
and a focus on their secrets, clarifications, insights and images including
frosted glass, mirror reflections, illuminated construction parts - allow
us, after closer inspection, to recognize the information, texts and signs.
That our gaze is closed off then given free range, a process inherent in this
play with transparency, becomes an important part of the work. In the end,
the successive convergence grants the viewers with their wishful projection
an almost greater share in the works than their conceptual contents.
In this way the effect of the single works makes clear that a pure autonomy
of artistic postulation is not Ulrike Böhme's goal, but a synthesis of
the relation between the architectural elements, free forms, technical progressions
and the cultural and social contents and desires found in the function, place