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Ruth Hommelsheim

Ruth Hommelsheim

Berlin/Germany

Mixed media, Photography • Born in Göppingen/Germany • Studied at Darmstadt/Germany

Published  09/01/2017   |   Updated  02/07/2019

Extending the boundaries

While her main medium is photography, Ruth Hommelsheim exceeds the boundaries of the medium reflecting on its conditions and thereby transgressing a purely documentary approach. Besides her longtime research on urbanity, another focal point of her work is the profound investigation of information extracted from archives. Hommelsheim converts the material by processing and recombining it into new contexts, creating new perspectives.
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While her main medium is photography, Ruth Hommelsheim exceeds the boundaries of the medium reflecting on its conditions and thereby transgressing a purely documentary approach. Besides her longtime research on urbanity, another focal point of her work is the profound investigation of information extracted from archives. Hommelsheim converts the material by processing and recombining it into new contexts, creating new perspectives.

In addition to photography, she incorporates further media and techniques into her work. The partial painting over photographs with glazing layers of white acrylic paint is typical of Hommelsheims artistic approach. By removing the background in this way, persons or objects seem to have fallen out of time and space as a specific context is no longer assigned. By arranging the exhibition space and combined with elements such as drawing, video and installation, Hommelsheim creates new references and readings. Hommelsheim usually creates large series of works, which then condense to site-specific installations in an exhibition.

Ruth Hommelsheim studied photography in Darmstadt, Germany and now lives and works in Berlin. In 2007 she co-founded Loris Gallery, a collective and discursive platform for visual, societal, political and social implementations of artistic questions. Hommelsheim’s work has been exhibited throughout Germany, Europe and China.

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Ruth Hommelsheim

Exhibition view: Concrete Doubt | Exhibition

Exhibition view: Concrete Doubt | Exhibition "Räume 2" | 2018 | Gießerei Winkelhoff, Berlin-Reinickendorf

Exhibition view: Urban Notations [Wuhan] | 2018 | Exhibition

Exhibition view: Urban Notations [Wuhan] | 2018 | Exhibition "Räume 2" | Gießerei Winkelhaff, Berlin-Reinickendorf

concrete doubt | 2017 | installation view: Galerie Loris Berlin

concrete doubt | 2017 | installation view: Galerie Loris Berlin

concrete doubt | 2017 | overpainted photograph, framed | 33 x 48,5 cm

concrete doubt | 2017 | overpainted photograph, framed | 33 x 48,5 cm

concrete doubt | 2017 | installation view: Galerie Loris Berlin | overpainted photographs, framed | each 18 x 26 cm

concrete doubt | 2017 | installation view: Galerie Loris Berlin | overpainted photographs, framed | each 18 x 26 cm

concrete doubt | 2017 | overpainted photographs | 18 x 26 cm

concrete doubt | 2017 | overpainted photographs | 18 x 26 cm

from: DREAMLAND II | 2016 | overpainted photograph, framed | 71x102 cm

from: DREAMLAND II | 2016 | overpainted photograph, framed | 71x102 cm

studio view with works from: Versammlungen/Assemblies, Bewahrungen/Perpetuations and untitled

studio view with works from: Versammlungen/Assemblies, Bewahrungen/Perpetuations and untitled

exhibition view: Specialists always accomplish the extraordinary | 2015 | Galerie Loris, Berlin

exhibition view: Specialists always accomplish the extraordinary | 2015 | Galerie Loris, Berlin

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from "Bewahrungen (Perpetuations)" | 2006 | C-Print, framed | 120x85 cm

Studio view with: Urban Notations [Barbican] | 2011 | lightbox | 34x157 cm

Studio view with: Urban Notations [Barbican] | 2011 | lightbox | 34x157 cm

Urban Notations [ Barbican] | 2012 | CasperMuellerKneer, Shakespeare Tower, Barbican

Urban Notations [ Barbican] | 2012 | CasperMuellerKneer, Shakespeare Tower, Barbican

Installation View | Urban Notations [ Barbican] | 2012 | CasperMuellerKneer, Shakespeare Tower, Barbican

Installation View | Urban Notations [ Barbican] | 2012 | CasperMuellerKneer, Shakespeare Tower, Barbican

Installation View | Urban Notations [ Barbican] | 2012 | CasperMuellerKneer, Shakespeare Tower, Barbican

Installation View | Urban Notations [ Barbican] | 2012 | CasperMuellerKneer, Shakespeare Tower, Barbican

Nach der Natur (After Nature) | 2013 | pigment print, framed | 110x148 cm

Nach der Natur (After Nature) | 2013 | pigment print, framed | 110x148 cm

Nach der Natur (After Nature) | 2013 | pigment print, framed | 30x40 cm and 110x148 cm

Nach der Natur (After Nature) | 2013 | pigment print, framed | 30x40 cm and 110x148 cm

Exhibition view: Nach der Natur (After Nature) | 2016 | Raumsechs, Düsseldorf/Germany

Exhibition view: Nach der Natur (After Nature) | 2016 | Raumsechs, Düsseldorf/Germany

What is it about your studio space that inspires you?

A space on my own with large windows and high ceiling in a quite neighborhood

What sounds, scents and sights do you encounter while in your studio?

Sometimes I can hear the buddhist monks singing

What is your favourite material to work with? How has your use of it evolved throughout your practice?

archival pigment prints painted over with white acrylic colour

What themes do you pursue?

Urbanity and ordering systems/archives


EXHIBITIONS

SOLO

2017

concrete doubt, Galerie Loris Berlin

2016

Nach der Natur, Raumsechs c/o Galerie Clara Maria Sels, Düsseldorf

Dreamland, widmertheodoridis, Eschlikon, Switzerland

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GROUP

2019

to put on paper, Errant Sound Project Space, Berlin

Show your Darling - Wildnis | Atelier Sabine Wild, Berlin

Postcard Salon, JarvisDooney Gallery, Berlin

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GALLERIES

Galerie Loris | www.lorisberlin.de

widmertheodoridis | www.0010.ch

Raumsechs | www.raumsechs.de

AWARDS

2013 artist residency at Villa Sträuli, Winterthur

2002 1. price in competition Art & Architecture in Erfurt

2000 artist residency at Gedok-Atelierhaus Lübeck

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