Roof battens, euro pallets, truck tarpaulins, sheets of metal, ropes – the materials Kirstin Arndt has been working with since the 1990s are simple, industrially produced and familiar to any viewer. In her at once minimalistic and space filling works that she conceives from these everyday materials, she deals with the relationship between line, surface and space. In doing so, she is interested in the transition from the two-dimensional to the three-dimensional as well as the exchange between form finding and the dissolution of form.
In her first solo exhibition at Galerie Gisela Clement, Kirstin Arndt refers to the gallery architecture and interior room structures. The square that characterizes the shape of the two exhibition rooms constitutes her conceptual point of departure. Using square modules produced from various materials, the artist probes the relationship between material and formability.
In doing so, the form-finding process is essentially determined by guided chance, gravity and the properties inherent to the material. Several of the works that have come about in this way display temporary and changeable forms, whereas others, in turn, are stable and lasting in terms of their form. Kirstin Arndt is not concerned with an aesthetics of form, but with conditions, the processual nature, and ongoing forming processes.