Doppelkörper in flexiblem Stahlnetz / Double Form in Flexible Steel Net
Cologne artist Ansgar Nierhoff typically worked with very reduced forms and materials, focusing on subjects like the relationship of the whole to its parts, contrasts, similarities, unity, and diversity. His work Double Form in Flexible Steel Net is dependent on the tension it generates. It is made up of two very dented lens-shaped steel elements in a long steel net, reminiscent of fruit in a string bag. The installation is suspended above a single story structure that was built in between two multi-story buildings. The net almost stretches all the way down to the first floor with the two round shapes at the bottom.
First and foremost, the installation illustrates the contrast between the flexibility of the net and the rigidity of the metal forms and surrounding architecture. Other contrasts that come together in this work include heaviness and lightness, as well as transparency and being closed off.
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Cologne-Sülz, Druck- und Verlagshaus Wienand, Weyertal 59