A Leap of Faith: The Wand project space

"Leap" by Frank Eickhoff, Friedrich Herz & Fabian Knecht“Devus,” Friedrich Herz (2012). Image courtesy of the artist.

You may have already noticed, but standing still gets you nowhere. In order to get past barriers in any aspect of life, we must necessarily move forward.

Leap, the upcoming exhibition at The Wand project space, realizes that the same must happen for art. Stale ideas will lead to stale art; therefore, we have to be brave and take a leap of faith. The Wand will open its door for Leap one special evening in September, and reveal the work of its three artistic conductors: Fabian Knecht, Frank Eickhof, and Friedrich Herz.

Exhibitions held in the space are only those that take art forward, instead of lingering in the present and the already seen. The collaborative effort between the three artists of Leap is based on a mutual belief in the idea of moving forward, and the processes of maturity and change. From making forms of ‘archeological art’, to constraining the human body in order to show its original freedom, the evening will be all about the reinvention needed to bring us forward, and the poetic dichotomies found in human lives.

The Wand project space view. Photo by Alex Tennigkeit. Image courtesy of The Wand.

Leap follows a slew of exhibitions of a similar metaphysical proclivity at The Wand, which is know for its leaning toward experimentation and progressive approaches to art and communication — its attempt to reflect and return to Berlin the dynamic energy that feeds its art. Focusing on the multi-lateral and multifaceted aspects of art, The Wand was established as a means to connect independent artists of like minds and provide them with an opportunity to be heard intimately within the larger community.

The Destructibles, shown at The Wand earlier this summer, calls itself an experimental exhibition/dance party designed to confront and combine the effects of spatial theory, design, and movement. The theme, much like Leap‘s albeit in a transformed way, is destruction and freedom: the notion of death and the rebirth it enables.

The Destructibles. Photo by Monica Salazar.

Likewise, Sleep Disorders, shown at The Wand earlier this month, uses reconfigured materials to address oscillating themes and the volatility of emotions they are bound to invite: inner stillness, anxiety, the inexplicable upset.

In the end, Benjamin Aman, one of the project’s founders, described The Wand’s motif best in words as enigmatic as the exhibition itself: “Be it as a bottomless abyss or as a real hamper to action – obscurity comes out as an ideal state to reveal the most indistinctable shapes or forces.”

Sleep Disorders - Daniel LöwenbrückDaniel Löwenbrück – “Lullaby” (2012), Pillow, coffee, blood, sound, glass, 130 x 80 cm

Additional Information

To learn more about The Wand, visit The Wand’s website.
Paulstraße 34 (click here for map)

Leap is an invitation-only event. To make a reservation, or for more information, contact: melissasteckbauer@gmail.com

Blog entry by Leanne McClean & Evanna Folkenfolk in Berlin; Tuesday, August 28, 2012.

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