Anna Laudel Düsseldorf presents Anke Eilergerhard’s solo exhibition titled ‘Hysterical Balance’ between 25 November 2021 - 12 February 2022. The exhibition showcases works created during the pandemic for the first time in addition to the titular, three-part and room-filling sculpture ensemble HYSTERICAL BALANCE. Although Eilergerhard uses the same ‘vocabulary’ typical of her work, noticeably new ‘texts’ have emerged. Anke Eilergerhard’s solo exhibition titled Hysterical Balance” can be seen at Anna Laudel Düsseldorf until 12 February 2022.
Anke Eilergerhard, Berlin based artist, is celebrated by critics for her worldwide unique, often humorous artistic stance. She creates beguilingly hypnotic sculptures that stimulate not only the sight, but also our senses of touch, taste, and smell. In 1994 she completed her artistic degree in communication design at the University of Wuppertal, Germany. For over 30 years, the motif of the ‘Layer Cake’ has played a prominent role in Anke Eilergerhard’s oeuvre. Since 2004, she has been focusing on the sculptural form of the swirl of whipped cream, staged through her unconventional technique. Her material is silicone (pigmented polyorganosiloxane), her trademark is the ‘icing on the cake’. Anke Eilergerhard's sculptures are exhibited and collected worldwide, she won the Tempelhof-Schönberger Art Prize Berlin 2011 with her sculpture DAISY. In 2017, the artist's spectacular sculptures achieved international renown, which she had created on behalf of Fendi for the luxury brand's global flagship stores worldwide.
She participated at numerous international exhibitions and art fairs and her works have been presented in collections and public spaces around the world including Abu Dhabi, Austria, Chile, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Netherlands, Principality of Liechtenstein, South Africa, Switzerland, Turkey, The United Kingdom and The United States. Anke Eilergerhard is also currently exhibited in the group exhibition ‘Gemischtes Doppel’ at Pforzheim Gallery, Art museum of the city of Pforzheim, Germany (Nov 21st 2021 - Jan. 30th 2022). In 2020/21, she had exhibitions including ‘EILERGERHARD. YOU&ME’ at Kunstsammlung Neubrandenburg, Germany (solo); ‘Mehr:Wert’, The art collection of Von der Heydt Museum and Wuppertaler Sparkasse in Dialogue, Von der Heydt Museum, Germany; ‘EILERGERHARD. COSMIC SCULPTURE’, Domgasse 6, Vienna, Austria (solo); ‘Second Skin’, Galerie LeRoyer, Montreal, Canada; ‘EILERGERHARD – RESILIENCE’ at Anna Laudel Gallery, Istanbul, Turkey, (solo); 2021 - the 8th Swiss Triennial of Sculpture Bad Ragaz (Switzerland) presents her first outdoor sculpture made of corten steel, aluminum and aircraft paint: ‘BETWEEN HEAVEN & EARTH’. Anke Eilergerhard born in Wuppertal, currently lives and works in Berlin, Germany.
"The neologism HYSTERICAL BALANCE is, like all the names of my artworks, part of the artistic material and describes for me best the new pandemic feeling of life that can be perceived in me and around me." - Anke Eilergerhard
Anke Eilergerhard is critically acclaimed for her artistic position, which is unique in the world. Presented in numerous museums and at international art fairs, her works balance virtuously between the boundaries of concrete sculpture, abstraction and figurative sculpture. The fascinating sculptures immediately catch the eye because of their daring compositions and their tactile and often intensely colored surfaces.
"My observations and experiences are the basis of all of my works. For me, it is about making things visible that I cannot put into words and that are nevertheless universal. A cake with a whipped cream top is a piece of heaven on earth. The whipped cream is for me the perfect sculptural form. It has something cosmic. It reflects the longing for paradise." says Anke Eilergerhard.
For over 30 years, the motif of the ‘Layer Cake’ has played a prominent role in Anke Eilergerhard’s oeuvre. Since 2004, she has been focusing on the sculptural form of the swirl of whipped cream, staged through her unconventional technique. Her material is silicone (highly pigmented polyorganosiloxan) and her trademark is the ‘icing on the cake’.
Polyorganosiloxane, which is popular amongst do-it-yourselfers and cosmetic surgeons alike to correct imperfections in appearance, in this context, is also the perfect one for the artist, in addition to its material properties as a plastic. Like a confectioner, she sculpts innumerable cream caps from polyorganosiloxane (silicone) manually into a sculpture. "I take it as a compliment when people think that my works are machine-made because they look so uniform and accurately sprayed," says Eilergerhard about her sophisticated technique which can be described as an elaborate creative act of creating individual ‘cream caps’ in miniature by hand.
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