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Brooklyn in Time monthly solo exhibition series: Brooklyn Monologues by Resident Artists Margarete & Jakob Hentze Opening Reception
May 24, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm| Free
Bushwick Monologues by Resident Artists Margarete & Jakob Hentze
Curated by Piril Gündüz
Opening reception: Tuesday, 24 May 2016, 7-9pm On view through Sunday, 29 May 2016, 1-6pm
The Hollows is pleased to present Bushwick Monologues, a new iteration of artist duo Margarete and Jakob Hentze’s long time joint project series titled Monologue. As an ongoing project that originated in 2006, it is comprised of a performance carried out by Jakob Hentze with a geometrical object he develops, while filmmaker Margarete Hentze directs and documents the performance in film form.
Together, the art duo works on gaining new view and access to space and landscape. For the past iterations of the series, the performance took place in narrow, geometrically designed spaces, creating claustrophobic atmospheres. The project was then extended to landscape and urban space. In 2015, they worked and filmed in Iceland, in a desert-like, archaic landscape.
For Bushwick Monologues, Hentze’s chose places which do not need to be specially prepared, but where it is possible just to perform in everyday life as they explore the town. During the performances, Jakob wears a plain black suit, and form several different figures with the geometric object without a clear goal as he looks concentrated and isolated. Out of the filmed documentation of the performance, Hentze’s develop a video installation for the exhibition at The Hollows as they put the Iceland iteration in dialogue with their New York piece. As the bold, animation-like form of the geometric object and Jakob Hentze’s dark color suit and gestures provide stasis for the eye, the backgrounds -in the case of this piece, another main actor of the film- differ dramatically from each other, deserted and populated, rural and urban…
Geometry is central to Jakob Hentze’s work, as can be seen in his designs, objects, and paintings that he works on in an experimental way. He rarely uses a computer but works with a drawing pen and a pocket calculator. Geometry for him is an expression of man ́s existential mental situation, which creates a constantly changing play of meanings. People or society create certain meanings for specific places. For example, Bushwick is now hip, whereas it wasn’t the case 20 years ago. Today Bushwick is a very desirable place to live because many people together created a new meaning/significance for it, despite the fact that it might not look that different from how it looked before. In the end, humans are the ones that give places a certain significance, which is what Margarete and Jakob play with in their performances. During the course of their residency, Hentze’s installed the geometric object as a public sculpture in various parts of town and the public will be allowed to interact by changing its form. For the opening, it will be installed in front of The Hollows townhouse. Margarete and Jakob Hentze do not see the performance series Monologue as a formalistic approach. One of the goals of the performance is to reveal the capacity of the human mind to create new symbols all the time, abstract or figurative, like a place or a part of town is also a symbol for certain expectations and a certain way of living.
Jakob Hentze studied painting and graphic arts at University of Applied Arts in Vienna, Austria, completed with MA degree. He works and lives as free artist and designer in Munich. In 2009, he founded the design-label 5leuchten.de. The main subject of his work is geometry and its relation to man.
After the Vocational College for woodcarving and carpentry in Berchtesgaden, Bavaria and the birth of the first child, Margarete Hentze studied at the Academy of Fine Arts, Munich. After the birth of the second child, she completed her studies with Diploma as master student in 2006. As a multimedia artist and a filmmaker, the main focus of her work lies on participatory projects with social implications. She has recently finished her participatory documentary Doing Nothing All Day – FREISTUNDE about democracy in school education.