Eva Berendes & Alexandra Leykauf | Kunstverein Siegen | Window Shopping
Curator: Jennifer Cierlitza
Artist Talk: 26.06. - 6PM
The term window shopping refers to the act of looking at a shop window or a display case.
Viewers put themselves in the pictorial still life behind the pane and imagine the use of goods and products – irrespective of an immediate purchase intention.
The simultaneity of „viewing" and „using" is more evident in English term than in the German expression "Schaufensterbummel".
The latter describes the act of "virtual shopping" less as a conflict between fantasy and reality, but rather as a choreography of movements of walking slowly, strolling, and repeatedly lingering in front of the window displays.
In the exhibition "Window Shopping", the artists Eva Berendes and Alexandra Leykauf enter into a dialogue.
Both of the above-described forms of looking at window displays are related to the works on display and are understood by the artists in relation to the viewing of pictures or paintings in a more general sense: Objects and arrangements are presented in pictures and yet they remain beyond our reach.
Through sculpture, wall-based works, and site-specific interventions, the artists allude to contexts of consumption and interaction.
They make architectural elements a theme of transition from the outside to the inside in their artworks and guide visitors visitors through doors, gates, windows, and across thresholds into and through the exhibition -- into another (consumer) world.