Kunsthalle Mannheim’s monographic exhibition of Barbara Hindahl reveals an artist whose multifaceted body of work both rigorously reflects contemporary approaches to drawing and plays with Old Master-style forms of trompe l’œils. She selects her subjects from the detritus of everyday life, such as dust bunnies, and depicts them hyperrealistically on large-scale sheets of paper. Other subjects include shoe prints, which appear bewilderingly out of place on the white sheets. Hindahl’s drawings encourage us to look more closely at her apparently haphazard yet artful and almost-abstract works of art.
Whether drawing on defective graph paper or on defective digital printouts, Hindahl succeeds in making viewers doubt their own perception. The textures of her drawings emerge out of an interplay between visual accretions and erosions.
While meticulously documenting the most inconspicuous things, Hindahl creates immersive, installation-like drawings. The lines she forms using adhesive tape encompass entire rooms and take on a visual life of their own, creating a playful world of forms that extends beyond architectural particularities. In doing so, these tape works both query and highlight the space in which they exist. Hindahl’s drawings of interiors ably reveal the functional context of an architectural space, just as her drawings on paper succeed in arresting the transient nature of everyday objects.
Curator: Dr. Thomas Köllhofer