15 October opening 17:00-19:00
There is the seeing (into shapes) of things other than yourself, boxes within which it would be great to fit (when the mouth of the world opens up to a kraken, what then?) Panels of steel, creased and cracked from the rain and from the wind – whitewash over delinquent messages, hidden from, there – repeating mantras, steps solidifying word into matter, city crinkled crushed plastic crinkled to – (bad bad bad bad bad bad). Toxicity of days seeps into the routine cycles of tick, tock, tick, and over.
Traversing the urban landscape, through public transportation and public space, industrial terrains, encased within a mental fog, a world focused into tactility, into immediate surroundings.
Comprising a group of amorphous sculptures and wall plates set in a site-responsive arrangement, Deep Hug borrows from the material vocabulary of the city: the handrails of buses and trains, metal signage, the momentary safe space of the defunct phone booth. Removed from their origins, the works become an emotional architecture with booths contorting into ossified cavernous amoebas, the message-scrawl becoming abstracted, imprints of objects squeezing into the bearers of signs, barriers to comprehension.
Dutch artist Hanae Wilke (b. 1985, Tokyo) lives and works in London and The Hague. She studied at the Royal Academy of Art, The Hague and at the Royal College of Art, London.
Recent solo exhibitions include ‘Conduit Slur’, Kinman Gallery, London (2016). Recent group exhibitions inlude ‘Gestalt’, Kasteel Nederhorst, ‘They Shake The Mountains When They Dance’, Chalton Gallery, London, and ‘What you see is what you see’, Ornis A. Gallery, Amsterdam.