Miriam Vlaming



Opening: 01.05.2014, 06:00 - 09:00 pm

In her paintings Miriam Vlaming moves between figuration and abstraction. People and nature are fundamental and reoccurring themes in her work, which focuses on the significance of human life and civilization in relation to the surrounding entirety of the cosmos. What do we recall as time passes? What images remain? Time and timelessness play an important role in many of her works.

Considering Vlaming’s recent oeuvre from the last three to four years, one can identify a number of developments. In her works from 2011–12 people merge with nature (“Outside”), or the human figure disappears completely behind its own machines or is only represented through technological artifacts (“Die Sendung”, “Gnosis”, or “Expedition III”). The static landscape and the products of human culture thus assume a central importance. Nature comes to the fore as something primal and constant. In contrast, in her newer paintings from 2013 (such as “Keep Your Head Up” or “Erasing”, which was on view at Kunsthalle Darmstadt) the figures are larger than before and appear to be bravely conquering their own fears. Vlaming’s latest works from 2014 (which include most in this exhibition) are characterized by an unburdened lightness. Colors and forms flow into one another, and the figures assume exhibitionist or almost narcissistic poses. The material exists in a reciprocal relationship to its surrounding and the space of the image is dominated by movement. People dance (“Homeparty”), love each other (“Lovers For One Day”), or go on an adventure (“Step Into The Desert”). The figures live in the here and now; they breathe, laugh, and exist.
In contrast to her earlier works, Vlaming’s newer series of image can more readily be associated with a temporal context. “Geschlossene Gesellschaft” (“Private Party”, 2014), for example, describes the decadence of a private celebration in the 1960s. It portrays a place and time, in which liveliness and vitality are reserved for a designated society within an isolated space – a stylized genre image, replete with allusions to the major social transformation that the end of the decade would bring: new social hierarchies, a shift in traditional gender roles, and economic prosperity.(Linda Peitz / Martin Mertens)

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