room for humour
Renate Hammond is the founder of room for humour, a visual arts project specialising in the representation of humour in contemporary art.
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Fürther News, 26 January 2023, CLAUDIA SCHULLER
Everywhere dunes or what?
REISELUST Hammond shows works by Isabell Heusinger and Roland Fürstenhöfer.
FUERTH - Grayest winter in Franconia. However, if you go to the Stadttheater, you can take a short vacation to distant countries. "Wanderlust" is the title of the exhibition by Roland Fürstenhöfer and Isabell Heusinger, with which John Hammond's art agency is starting the new year.
Roland Fürstenhöfer found the motifs for his colored etchings in China, Dubai, Italy, Turkey, Egypt, Morocco and Madeira. Palm trees, colors and shapes from the Orient are resplendent, and some things are reminiscent of the culture of the indigenous people of North America. Fresh blue, warm orange and brownish clay tones mix with lush green.
The works have something yearning about them, as if they wanted to invite you into a fairytale world. Because of course the reality is not as idyllic as with Fürstenhöfer. However, he is not concerned with reporting, but with the magic. Many images contain numerous details, one can discover endless mini motifs, almost like in the stories of Rafik Schami, where a story still gives birth to another. But there are also etchings that are more extensive, such as the "Paysage Marocain" with its gentle dunes in the desert.
Sawn out metal plate
On the one hand, Fürstenhöfer works with geometric-architectural facets that illustrate light refraction and heat, reminiscent of book illustrations. On the other hand, he also likes to bring movement into it. His graphic technique: after a preliminary drawing, a metal plate is sawn out and elaborately processed. Then Fürstenhöfer colored the sheets by hand. The result is convincing.
Isabell Heusinger paints in oil on canvas. An Indian front door, an Indonesian paddy field, a Cambodian house on stilts, dream beaches in the sunset, lizards - everything world travelers rave about is there. No wonder, because she went on such a long journey herself, photographed a lot and then painted afterwards. Luminously colourful, rich in contrast and extremely lifelike, she tells the viewer about it. This hyperrealism goes far beyond the possibilities of photography, it also interprets.
In addition, she uses pigments to create a materiality, varnish makes the water glitter, impasto structures emphasize things and seem close enough to touch. The individual things, the composition, the associations make it all. They arouse strong wanderlust, but also interest. Is it really that paradise there? Whether there is also pollution and garbage? Heusinger at least hints at it. All this elevates her works far above tourism brochures. And yet it is a reminder of how lucky you are who you can travel with.
Roland Fürstenhöfer & Isabell Heusinger
Room for Humour is proud to announce a joint exhibition with
Roland Fürstenhöfer and Isabell Heusinger.
Vernissage: Sunday 22th January, 11 o'clock
Welcome introduction: Barbara Leicht M.A., Art historian
Stadttheater Fürth, Königstraße 116, 90762 Fürth,
Tel.: 0911 - 974 24 10
Exhibition runs from 22th January – 14th March 2023.
The exhibitions can be viewed by theatre visitors before the performances and during the breaks. Guests, which attend the
exhibition but not the theatrical performance are welcome during the time 60-30 minutes before the beginning or at a different time by arrangement with Art-Agency Hammond
Tel.: 0911 - 77 07 27
• Born 1949 in Fürth/Bavaria
• 1968 – 1972 studied at the Academy of Fine Arts
• 1976 study visit to Toulouse
• 1979 art promotion prize of the city of Fürth
• Since 1988 participation in many "Miniature Art" exhibitions,
Graphics awards in the US and Australia, book illustrations.
Numerous exhibitions at home and abroad. travel in Europe,
Asia, Arabia, North Africa and North America.
Lives in Pöttmes/Swabia
• Born 1982 in Coburg/Bavaria
• 2001 high school diploma
• 2002 – 2008 studies at the Academy of Fine Arts
Arts Nuremberg (Prof. Fleck)
• since 2008 visual artist in the field of painting
• 2016 – 2017 eleven-month trip around the world, First Artist in Residence
in Alappuzha (India)
• since 2018 2nd board member of the Kunstkreis Jura Neumarkt e.V.
• 2022 Kammerstein Art Prize (public prize)
• Member of the Kunstkreis Jura and the BBK Nürnberg Mittelfranken
• Works in public ownership: Deutsche Bank Nuremberg
We look forward to welcoming you.
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