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Danica Maier - „Midlands & Tooraloorals“

Exhibition to celebrate "40 years of Town Partnership - Nottingham and Karlsruhe"
Friday, 8th May through Sunday, 14th June 2009, Women Artists Forum Karlsruhe


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Danica Maier Working


Thursday 07th May 2009 at 20:00
Welcoming Speech: Mayor responsible for Culture - Wolfram Jäger

Closing of the Exhibition
Sunday, 14th June 2009, 11:00-14:00 in the presence of the artist
Artist's Lecture: Sunday, 14th June 2009, 11:00


The town partnership between Nottingham and Karlsruhe was established in 1969 in the spirit of the union of Europe. From this time on, the co-operation between the two towns has developed on a number of different levels. One of the most important is in the field of the arts and culture.

The GEDOK is delighted to have been able to commission Danica Maier, an internationally renowned artist, to undertake a new installation called "Midlands & Tooraloorals" at the GEDOK Women Artists Forum, inspired by the unique and exquisite Lace Collection at Nottingham Trent University. With her dedication to the intersection of traditional handcraft and contemporary art, Maier creates installations using dressmakers' pins and soft, sensuous lace ribbon.

Initially the scopious installation appears as a complex decorative matrix or web of lace ribbon. The camouflaged drawings within the decorative pattern and the lace ribbon, forces an immediacy and engagement that challenges the viewer to immerse themselves in the work before them.

Maier's corruption of the traditional authoritativeness of handcraft and the association with lace confounds the viewers' expectations in a potentially shocking way. Maier investigates the powerful associations that a domestic and handcrafted material has and uses the imagery in its ultimate form to 'question' those very affiliations. The viewer is invited to understand the materials and to return to the controversial issues with the intention of re-addressing and re-contextualising the initial understanding. Maier's ambition endeavours to alter the viewers responsiveness, perception and insight, and ultimately both consciousness and awareness. It is only when the viewer spends time with the work, when they move within its space, that the true nature of the allegory or allegories begin to reveal itself. The revelation of the hidden imagery provokes questions about the original understanding of the materiality of the installation and the comfortable viewpoint that the viewer has occupied for themselves.

Danica Maier is Senior Lecturer for Fine Arts at the Nottingham Trent University. Her family originated from Bissingen an der Teck, Germany. Originally from Philadelphia, Maier graduated in painting in the U.S.A., then moved to the UK to study at Goldsmiths College, London, "Textiles in Contemporary Art Practice". In her professional career Maier has exhibited extensively worldwide (U.K.; U.S.A; Asia; South America; Eastern Europe); this is her first personal exhibition in Germany.

Opening Times
Wed - Fri 17:00 - 19:00; Sat 14:00 - 16:00; Sun / Public Holidays 11:00 - 14:00

GEDOK Women Artists Forum Karlsruhe, Germany
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D-76131 Karlsruhe
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