Opening: Der Borkenkäfer
In her exhibition "Der Borkenkäfer" (engl. The Bark Beetle), Okka-Esther Hungerbühler shows sculptures and paintings in a site-specific installation at artothek - Raum für junge Kunst.
The bark beetle eats its way through the forests, unnoticed at first, and in the long run he causes chaos and the decline of the installed order in the woods. Forest plantations optimised for economic use are - accelerated by the climate and wind - to become a desolate heap of tangled tree trunks. Okka-Esther Hungerbühler creates similar disturbances and disintegrating systems in her works.
Paintings with figurative everyday scenarios lose their spatial stability through tumbling lines and surfaces, which the artist deliberately uses as an element of dissolution of a conventional pictorial order. In the process, the depicted contents also begin to waver, drift apart and disintegrate the designed form.
A sculpture entitled "Profession and Career" is both form and type. It stands in the middle of the room, rushed, as if on the move, observed by the series of sculptures "Someone will be" made of papier-mâché and wrapping paper, looking down from the gallery. These sculptures are also types in reduced form, representatives of a potential society. An animatronic sculpture - STEFFI - interacts with the visitors: when approached, it develops a noisy life of its own.