Installations and Objects
Text by Judith Bader, curator
Outstanding features of Ute Vauk-Ogawa’s works are the creation of aesthetic, simple, emotionally touching three dimensional basic elements of a frequently strong colourfulness, the serial ranging, and a variable but very deliberate staging in space, which responds to the necessities of the room situation.
The clearly composed structure and the very consequent arrangement of the objects transform space into a stage like room.
The spectator is not only tempted to try out the different angles of vision by walking about or to touch the fibre of hemp which bears a great spectrum of variation within its materiality, but also is he invited to enter actively into a spiritual space with mythic symbol horizons. Comparable with the concentrated and meditative working process of the artist, the spectator is called upon to give room to his own contemplating sensory perceptions. He will not be successful if trying to decipher the installations looking for an unambiguous interpretation, as the intensive magic hidden within a complex system of symbols and associations cannot be revealed on a mere rational level. In Ute Vauk-Ogawa’s works interpretation can never lead to certainty, as the artist creates resonant spaces evoking individual and collective images and emotions. The provoked associations and the perception of the formal, thematic and emotional elements lead to a very dense atmosphere in which the equilibrium of chaos and order, constructed and natural components provoke a dense atmosphere vibrating with lively tension.