Alexandra Hopf – Tigersprung: Herbst/Winter Regine Steenbock – Chinesisches Gewebe
Galerie M29, Köln
Alexandra Hopf understands fashion as a metaphor for the construction of history. Via her installative works, she examines the construction of (art) history, interweaving factual and imaginative matter into a versatile tissue. The substance, or material of her work reacts erratically towards form and content- as history does, with a mercurial energy. Objects of different media emerge through flashbacks and flash forwards, thoroughly acquiring the character of relics. The initial presentation of her work “Spacetime suits for Giacometti” included eight sepia images of different jumpsuits, each tailored according to the legendary TuTa, designed by the Futurist Thayaht in 1920, reproduced however by Hopf from the material of her own paintings. Now, under the title “Tigersprung: Fall/ Winter”, she is showing for the first time the eight jumpsuits in the original, pieced together from gouache and oil pastel paintings, into which she has carved fine lines reminiscent of threaded stitchings. Within the garments these lines transform into cosmic compositions and spider webs – corresponding with Giacometti’s dreamlike (or nightmarish) tale of “The Dream, the Sphinx and the Death of T.” Alexandra Hopf subjects all elements of the exhibition to her destabilizing temporality, a kind of loop, in which fictive and historical elements, the art and poetry of Giacometti, and the fashion of the futurist designer Thayaht are able to weave together with one another.