waria wirth, malerei, charlottenburg, berlin, artist, wunschmaschinen, philosophie, feinart berlin

18.11. - 16.12.2021 | extended until 29.01.2022

Wish Machines - Maria Wirth

Saturday 29.01. from 5p.m. to 9p.m.
7p.m. reading & discussion
As part of the finissage, we look forward to a reading by Lilian Noetzel. Inspired by paintings from the exhibition, the author develops what she calls a philotasy: an essayistic narration about the creative, about chaos, about questions concerning human nature and human's will to culture.
The reading is in German language.
To participate in the reading, we ask that you register at info@feinart-berlin.de or +49 172 1642919. This event takes place under the 2G+ rule.

About the exhibition
“It breathes, warms, eats. It sucks, it fucks. The Es ... Everywhere there are machines in the truest sense of the word: machines of machines, with their clutches and gears. An organ machine connected to a source machine: the current produced by this one is interrupted by the other. The breast is a machine for making milk, and the mouth machine is linked to it. The mouth of the person without appetite stands between an eating machine, an anal machine, a speaking machine, a breathing machine (asthma attack). In this sense everyone is a hobbyist; everyone has his own little machines.“
(Deleuze/ Guattari, Anti-Oedipus: Capitalism and Schizophrenia)

The paintings of Maria Wirth (*1987) are about corporeality, identity and interpersonal realities. Her color-intensive, abstract pictorial spaces house human and animal bodies, which, as concise as they may appear at first glance, close up at the same time and conceal deep contradictions. The artist, who received her M.A. Philosophy at the Free University of Berlin, in her work repeatedly deals with femininity and eroticism — a subtle eroticism that touches more on existential aspects than on lust and passion. In her independent imagery, she explores ambivalent feelings and values ​​that are contrary to the simple logic of opposites such as man-woman, power-impotence, perpetrator-victim, love-hate, young-old.

With the title “Wunschmaschinen” (English „Wish machines“), Maria Wirth puts her work from 2021 in the light of a psychological-structuralist critique of capitalism and consumption in the mind of the French philosophers Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari. Is, for example, our desiring unconsciousness, which tends towards self-satisfaction, production and consumption the real demiurge, the real capitalist of this world? It is no coincidence that animals and chimeras appear again and again in the artist's pictures, which she creates as alter-ego of the sensual as well as the unconscious dimensions of humans, in which animal and human, instinct and reason merge.

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