"Volcanoes are unpredictable: at present, the volcano (...) may be in a state of deceptive calm, but it can return to life at any time. Volcanologists claim to have already noticed changes underground, but there is unlikely to be an eruption of this magnitude (...) in the coming years."
Walter L. Friedrich, Feuer im Meer, Spektrum Akademischer Verlag 2004
(Translated from the German by Andrew Boreham)
"At one point down into the bay where, according to Plato, Metropolis disappeared, you can see a pile of rubbish in a hollow. It is constantly dug over as new piles are added. Coloured and black plastic sacks, plastic bottles, office materials, leftover food and broken glass are mixed with volcanic ash and Minoan strata."
In her installations, photographic works and sculptures, Sabine Hornig creates complex ideas of space. With just a few reduced architectural elements such as windows or doors, she evokes manifold layers of reflections of inside and outside, in front and behind, open and shut – always working in a language of metaphorical significance. Her works are constructed from familiar fragments, yet they trigger a range of associations, recontextualised within the display space. As these elements of the familiar world reanimate memory, the viewer engages with a reconstituted inner image that this playfulness of picture and fiction, transparency and opaqueness fractures again into its deconstructed parts. In these detailed and carefully elaborated meditations, Hornig is preoccupied with perceptions stored of radically different elements that are hard to decode on the purely cognitive level.
For Rohkunstbau, Hornig has installed a transparent curtain embellished with a photo of a mountain of refuse – electronic devices, such as computers or printers, some smashed, rising to form a pile of rubbish. At the same time, in its sheer transparency, the image that divides the room of the Schloss is exceptionally poetic. The mountain appears before us as if it were an island, while a second work, not coincidentally, shows a mountain of rubbish photographed in the Bay of Thera. According to Plato, Thera was the place where the legendary island of Atlantis disappeared beneath the waves.
Selected Solo Exhibitions
2009 Barbara Thumm Gallery, Berlin, Germany
2007 Landscape Negative, Cristina Guerra Contemporary Art, Lisbon, Portugal
2006 Gebilde, Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York, USA
2005 O Segundo Espaço, Centro Cultural de Belém, Lisbon, Portugal
2003 Project 78, Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA
Selected Group Exhibitions
2009 Leichtigkeit und Enthusiasmus, Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, Germany
2008 INSIDE//OUTSIDE – Innenraum und Ausblick in der zeitgenössischen deutschen Fotografie, Museum Küppersmühle, Duisburg, Germany
2007 Made in Germany, Kestner-Gesellschaft Hannover, Germany
2006 Berlin/Tokyo – Tokyo/Berlin, Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin, Germany
2006 Constructing New Berlin, Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix, Arizona, USA