Quittenbaum Gallery presents sculptures by Angelika Hoegerl for the first time. The geometric formal language of her free-standing sculptures and sculptural wall works is based on an examination of historical architectural drawings of Gothic cathedrals. The ground plan forms of Gothic cluster pillars serve as an inspiration for the wall objects that project up to 20 cm into the room, as well as the pattern-like figurations of vault systems, that due their feature in statics, rendered the advancement of vault architecture to extrem heights possible only then. Therefore the artist sees them as architectural ‘essences’. Thus, the exhibited works ‘Parallel Rib’ and ‚Jumping Diamond’ are based on the vaulting system of St. Vitus Cathedral in Prague. Hoegerl removes her sculptures from the context of architectural quotations once and for all by covering them with everyday materials. Glittering bitumen felt, shiny lining fabrics and velvet in shades of sky blue as well as car headliners made of artificial leather are being used. “For me, they are heaven materials that refer to the heaven symbolism of Gothic vaults,” Angelika Hoegerl explains the associative choice of fabrics.
The meeting between firm architectural forms and soft textile surfaces give rise to visually and haptically exciting objects that on the one hand have their source code in the sacral history of the Middle Ages, and on the other hand span an arc into the profane, industrial materiality of the 21st century.
Angelika Hoegerl, born 1962 in Landshut, studied at the Munich Academy of Fine Arts with Prof. Gerd Dengler and Prof. Daniel Spoerri. Her works have been shown in numerous solo and group exhibitions in German museums and institutions.