Close Quarters

Hanae Wilke
13
April
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2018
24
June
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2018
VITRINE, London

'Close Quarters' presents a new body of work by London based artist Hanae Wilke. Informed by her surroundings and starting with an observation, Wilke constructs sculptures and installations from industrial materials such as metal, pipes, brackets, fibreglass and resin. These works borrow qualities from existing and familiar objects, structures, forms, and systems that are often overlooked. Through material investigations, Wilke explores weight, tactility, texture, gesture and colour and the ways in which they act with and within space.

Hanae Wilke, Interface II, 2018. Epoxy resin, fibreglass, steel, aerosol paint, silicone rubber, acrylic sheet. 60 x 100 x 40 cm. Photographer: Jonathan Basset.
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Hanae Wilke, Interface II, 2018. Epoxy resin, fibreglass, steel, aerosol paint, silicone rubber, acrylic sheet. 60 x 100 x 40 cm.
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Hanae Wilke, Atlas, 2018. Steel, vinegar, aerosol paint, leather, acrylic sheet, steel chain. 157 x 156 x 31 cm.
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Hanae Wilke, Atlas, 2018. Steel, vinegar, aerosol paint, leather, acrylic sheet, steel chain. 157 x 156 x 31 cm.
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Hanae Wilke, April Melody, 2018. Steel, acrylic sheet, epoxy resin, fibreglass, polymer plaster, pigments, rope, pine wood, aerosol paint, ink. 120 x 138 x 32 cm.
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Hanae Wilke, April Melody, 2018. Steel, acrylic sheet, epoxy resin, fibreglass, polymer plaster, pigments, rope, pine wood, aerosol paint, ink. 120 x 138 x 32 cm.
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Hanae Wilke, Duet 1, 2018. Fibreglass, epoxy resin, rope, steel, aerosol paint. 181 x 234 x 31 cm.
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Hanae Wilke, Duet 1, 2018. Fibreglass, epoxy resin, rope, steel, aerosol paint. 181 x 234 x 31 cm.
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Hanae Wilke, Wind Flower, 2018. Steel, digitally printed fabric, plastic, powder coated steel chain, rope, silicone rubber, aerosol paint. 152 x 93 x 18.5 cm.
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Hanae Wilke, Wind Flower, 2018. Steel, digitally printed fabric, plastic, powder coated steel chain, rope, silicone rubber, aerosol paint. 152 x 93 x 18.5 cm.
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Hanae Wilke, Interface I, 2018. Epoxy resin, fibreglass, aerosol paint. 60 x 100 x 40 cm.
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Hanae Wilke, Interface I, 2018. Epoxy resin, fibreglass, aerosol paint. 60 x 100 x 40 cm.
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Hanae Wilke, Interface III, 2018. Epoxy resin, fibreglass, steel, aerosol paint, silicone rubber, acrylic sheet, polymer plaster. 60 x 100 x 40 cm.
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Hanae Wilke, Close Quarters, 2018. Installation View. Photographer: Jonathan Bassett.
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Hanae Wilke, Close Quarters, 2018. Installation View. Photographer: Jonathan Bassett.
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Hanae Wilke, Close Quarters, 2018. Installation View. Photographer: Jonathan Bassett.
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Hanae Wilke, Close Quarters, 2018. Installation View. Photographer: Jonathan Bassett.
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Hanae Wilke, Close Quarters, 2018. Installation View. Photographer: Jonathan Bassett.
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Hanae Wilke, Close Quarters, 2018. Installation View. Photographer: Jonathan Bassett.
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Hanae Wilke, Close Quarters, 2018. Installation View. Photographer: Jonathan Bassett.
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Hanae Wilke, Close Quarters, 2018. Installation View. Photographer: Jonathan Bassett.
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Hanae Wilke, Close Quarters, 2018. Installation View. Photographer: Jonathan Bassett.
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Drawing on the typography and language of narrowboats, Wilke examines alternative modes of living and habitable structures that could fit into speculative future narratives. These independent ‘vessels’ become the starting point to Wilke’s new body of work that offera a new exploration of ideas and shifts in future living which, in turn, becomes a template into exploring how micro-architecture might be applied within the urban environment.

Interested in the autonomy of these independent vessels that represent freedom, resourcefulness and self-determination, canal boats offer the possibility of alternative living in a wider sense. Looking to ideas of architecture that maintain and optimize human interaction and social frameworks, narrowboats seem like a romanticised ideal - an independent, self contained, self sufficient vessel and through this mode of living, how can one think more broadly about adaptability and alternative living?

Wilke meticulously collects photographic material of narrowboats predominantly along the River Lea in East London, UK, finding new sculptural forms within their own constructions and assemblages. Deck equipment such as the stern, anchors and rope along with domestic elements such as curtains, stickers and boat name designs build an aesthetic ‘tool-box’ for Wilke’s sculptural interventions. Through drawing and 3D modeling software, Wilke explores scale, colour, height and weight within her sculptural forms. Whilst manipulating, editing and rotating these initial digital sculptures, the process became the foundation of her work, functioning as a physical materialisation of thinking.

Wilke disassembles and stitches together these fragments – removed from their origins, the works become abstracted. These facades populate the gallery space; elevated from the walls, dispersed across the floor and suspended from one another both leading and obstructing the viewer across the space. By taking the familiar and distorting them, Wilke presents a series of works that maintain a sense of the hand drawn and often allude to the presence and absence of the body.

Given the urgency of the housing crisis, which has become notoriously dysfunctional, the exhibition considers how one might, in the face of these constraints and social inequalities, seek alternative ways of living and reclaim private space within the urban environment.

Curator: Chris Bayley.

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Dutch artist Hanae Wilke (b. 1985 Tokyo) lives and works in London and The Hague. She graduated with an MA from the Royal College of Art, London in 2015 having gained a BA in Fine Art in 2013 and a BA in European Studies in 2013 both at The Hague, NL. Exhibitions include: Deep Hug, Ornis A. Amsterdam (2016); Conduit Slur, Kinman, London (2016); Patina Pause, Camden Art Centre, London (2015); /ege of Art, Udstillingsstedet Q, Copenhagen (2015); and Stranger, Stranger (I swallowed part of you), EXO, The Hague (2014).

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