At the project space: LE SQUAD

Birte Bosse

12 July – 10 October 2019

Installation views

Galerie Gisela Clement is pleased to open Birte Bosse’s exhibition “LE SQUAD” on 11 July 2019 in the project space. Already in 2017 the artist was a guest in the gallery with the project “Auf freien Weiden”.

“For her exhibition at Galerie Gisela Clement, Bosse has created an ensemble of delicate steel sculptures that seem to have been drawn into space. The line forms of some figures evoke different associations with human traits in the viewer. The stable vertical posture of the “decent” (2019), for example, makes one think of sincerity, while the intertwined lines of the “confused” (2019) seem to reflect his mental confusion. Other figures resemble geometric forms or everyday objects – but they also have something human about them due to their spatial location and the dynamic orientation of the steel rods.

Bosses concern is to create connections. In her works she combines figuration and abstraction, bringing together different, sometimes contradictory worlds of images, thoughts and materials. Thus the work and exhibition title “LE SQUAD” (squad for group, team, also [milit.] squad, troop; French le = der) refers on the one hand to the communal, but in its military meaning also suggests something supposedly masculine and aggressive. The latter is also reflected in the hardness of the material. On the other hand, there is the subtlety of the sculptures, underlined by the sensually soft sound of the French article.

The connecting element in Birte Bosse’s work always remains the line. And it is more than just the shortest connection between two dots on paper. In the exhibition, she conquers space and expands our idea of how surfaces, outlines and rhythms can be transformed into pictures and sculptures, or how abstract concepts can become visible figures.”
Text excerpt (2019): Linda Peitz, freelance curator and author

Birte Bosse (*1984 in Hanover, lives and works in Berlin) studied from 2006 to 2012 at the Hochschule für Bildende Künste Braunschweig under Friedemann von Stockhausen, Thomas Rentmeister and Bogomir Ecker, whose master student she became in 2013. Since 2009, her works have been shown in exhibitions at home and abroad, including at Art Biesenthal, HDLU Zagreb and Galleria Opere Scelte, Turin.