Artist: Sophie Reinhold
Venue: Sundogs, Paris
Exhibition Title: The Ballad of the Lost Hops
Date: May 18 – June 30, 2019
Full gallery of images, press release, and link available after the jump.
Images courtesy of Sundogs, Paris. Photos by Romain Darnaud.
In German, when hops and malt, the main ingredients used to brew beer, are lost, a situation or process has become futile. Paired with motifs of labour, the recurring of seasons, as well as private spaces, where one takes a leak or a bath, the exhibition meditates wittingly on the human condition in late capitalism. In a gesture of affirmative perversion, Sophie Reinhold, who was raised in the socialist German Democratic Republic, deforms and mirrors the domesticity of an apartment gallery in Paris.
In its different stages, the exhibition considers how the artist’s work is seductive. The works on display embody both personality and physicality but, to take Linda Nochlin’s word for it, it goes further than that. Besides owning an immediate surface, and ready accessibility, Sophie Reinhold’s paintings and sculptures seem to, paradoxically, hold on to their secrets.
If it isn’t either personality or physicality that is hidden, it must surely be how much the artist, as a matter of fact, reveals in her work. Like whispering in a room full of people, her work gingerly directs senses and thoughts alike, which, considering all of the noise, might be misinterpreted, leading off-track.
The main piece is titled Allegorie der vier Jahreszeiten (Allegory of Four Seasons). An allegory, Craig Owens told us, is an attitude as well as a technique, a perception. That it happens whenever one text is read through another, and as such, it is always commentary. The work of Sophie Reinhold is material commentary, layered and fragmented. One element has to be read through the other, from one eclectic level to the next.
Sophie Reinhold (b. 1981, Berlin, GDR) lives and works in Berlin. She studied at Akademie der bildenden Kunste Vienna, Weißensee Academy of Art Berlin and Hochschule für Graphik und Buchkunst, Leipzig. Recent solo exhibitions include: Galerie Tobias Nähring, Leipzig; Schiefe Zähne, Berlin; Galerie Rüdiger Schöttle, Munich; Galerie Sophie Tappeiner, Vienna; Villa Romana, Florence; Kunstverein Friedrichshafen and Kunstverein ArtHAUS, Ahaus. Forthcoming exhibitions include Kunstverein Ingolstadt and Kunsverein Reutlingen.