SILKE SCHATZ AT WILKINSON GALLERY
In the third solo show at Wilkinson Gallery, Silke Schatz presents a personal portrait of the city Celle in Northern Germany, the town where she was born. It reveals two aspects of the town, private and public.
Today the town appears as a tourist town with a castle and the typical wooden framework houses of the Lower Saxony area. In the show (which was first exhibited in the Kunstverein and Bomann-Museum in Celle, April 2006) Schatz presents works based on the architect Otto Haesler and an installation relating to her grandparents who lived in Celle.
In the late 1920s until 1933 Otto Haesler, who was a pioneer of the ďż˝Neues Bauenďż˝, started building his suburban colonies such as the Siedlung Georgsgarten, 1927 as well as villas, such as The Direktorenwohnhaus, 1931-32. In the early 1930ďż˝s Walter Gropius asked him to become the director of the Bauhaus in Dessau, but he declined, because of his responsibilities in Celle.
Schatz did not know until she began her research, that this architecture existed and it was a surprise for her to see his beautiful buildings, reduced in form, with colour as a simple method to underline the architecture. In this show, she has made models of two of his buildings. The first model, Georgsgardenblock, is painted back to the buildings original colours after a lithograph from Karl Vďż˝lkers. She has also added a wall mural in the style of 1970s naive painting.
With the second model, Direktorenwohnhaus, she has separated all parts of the structure by spray-painting them into a colourful design adding a ikea carpet together with stencils on the facade. Schatz has also made drawings of Haeslerďż˝s buildings, making her own imaginary or idealistic additions.