The Kunststiftung Erich Hauser was established in 1996. A major emphasis of the Art Foundation is the biennial Werkstattpreis. An art prize for young sculptors to support them in their work and career. This year the jury chose Charlotte Mumm out of a total of 19 sculptors who were proposed by various museum directors and curators.
In her sculptural works, installations, drawings and her painting, Charlotte Mumm works on a unique pictorial language that moves between figurative and abstract elements. As a crossover artist, she reflects on the experience of space, material and surface. In her sculptural figures, she explores personal space and its physical boundaries, using metal joints and abstracted body forms and in that way, explores the narrow balance between balance and free fall, equilibrium and collapse.
In the exhibition ‘so oft so soft’ Mumm’s sensitive, bodily and spatial works transform the space into a kind of open body that can trigger a wide range of human sensations between attraction and overload. Contradictory perceptions and the destabilization of expectations are just as important aspects of her site-specific installation, as well as the questioning of the implicitness of inner images and external conditions. Charlotte Mumm is showing newly developed works in the form of tongue-shaped 84 cutouts in EPDM-rubber, which are hung and spread evenly over the 600m2 exhibition hall. It looks as if the cutouts form a sort of skin covering the Werkstatthalle and as if the spectator is at the interface of the inside and outside. The imagery of the cutouts pick up on theses inner/extrinsic interfaces, dialogues and sometimes paradox approaches in a poetic and abstract way. In another side space of the Kunststiftung Erich Hauser, Mumm is showing several sculptures made of casted cement and inlays of specially glazed ceramics. Some of these sculptures are leaned against each other on the wall. They refer to inner bodily organs and tissues with different sort of haptic surfaces. Not given any function these organs become a strange frozen moment of an inner gut instinct and a figurative trigger of and to something else.
Charlotte Mumm studied Fine Arts with Prof. Urs Lüthi at the Kunsthochschule Kassel in Germany from 2000-2008 and spent a study year at the Sichuan Fine Arts Institute in Chongqing, China. Her work has been exhibited in Germany and internationally. To name a few: Galerie Tanit in Munich, Städtische Galerie Nordhorn, Kasseler Kunstverein, Eduardo Secci Contemporary in Florence, Galerie Rolando Anselmi in Berlin.
Awards and Residencies include e.g. fellowship for the European project ‘The Spur’ at Sputnik Oz in Bratislava (Slovakia), the Saari Residency fellowship from the Kone Foundation (Finland), and a working grant given by the Ministry of Culture Lower Saxony (Germany).
In 2018 she was s awarded the Werkstattpreis of the Art Foundation Erich Hauser in Rottweil (Germany), and a Sundaymorning@EKWC working grant (Netherlands).
Artist: Charlotte Mumm
Venue: Art Foundation Erich Hauser, Rottweil
Exhibition title: so oft so soft
Date: September 29 – October 28, 2018
Text (press release) and images provided by the event.
© All pictures by Nadine Bracht for Kunststiftung Erich Hauser