«Drop City Düsseldorf at Lierenfelder Str. 39» is a living and working environment which intends to traverse different rhythms of showing and engaging with art. Interspersed between life and work commitments and appearing on an occasional basis, the programme will set works against an accumulative backdrop of permanent installations, living and working situations and an evolving personal collection of chosen objects and artworks, each accordingly providing a different temporal experience, intensity and interaction.
The programme will stimulate conversation around concepts of hospitality and how we live today: Lierenfelder Str. 39 is a base: a place to return to, reflect and reorient - a support structure for the onward journey. Lierenfelder Str. 39 is also a home, a place for manifesting one’s relation to others through hospitality. The globalised world offers us increased opportunity through networked mobility and flexible or remote working patterns, however this situation is primarily supported through an acceptance of a precarious existence and life-work balance. Now more than ever we are aware of the distances between friends and the necessity to touch base both with those that we love and meet through the mobility afforded through artistic working. The intimate network of peers spread and dispersed across different cities, regions and countries, accumulated during prolonged and ongoing periods of transition is becoming the foundation for a new kind of artistic programming - one built more from relationships and friendships between like-minded people from localised parts of the globe rather than from a particular thematic enquiry. Lierenfelder Str. 39 will foster and galvanise these encounters by providing an intimate and meaningful space for both living and working.
The programme builds upon «Drop City, Düsseldorf at Hotel Ufer» — In 2016 a programme of artist made objects, exhibitions, installations and performances took place throughout the private/public spaces of Hotel Ufer on Gartenstrasse. Invited by hotelier René Tilgier, «Drop City, Düsseldorf at Hotel Ufer» explored the key resource for hospitality: the sharing of space. The programme brought together artists from the city and abroad and experimented with key prevalent principles around exhibition making, duration and site-specificity. Exhibitions expanded out across multiple guest-rooms, communal areas, cities and crossed national borders and included works focussing on the temporality of the hotel experience ranging from handmade plates by Katie Schwab for the daily breakfast buffet, bathrobes by Sophie Macpherson and a permanent attic suite for hotel guests by hobbypopMUSEUM.
The announcement of each event at «Drop City, Düsseldorf» will be made with a limited-run postcard depicting a different 'fantastic flower' by Matthias Lahme.
Drop City, Düsseldorf at Lierenfelder Strasse 39 is easily reachable by public transport (U75: stop Lierenfelder Btf) and has free parking.
MAGDALENA KITA, SOPHIE MACPHERSON, ELEANOR WRIGHT
Launching on 31. August, we present three newly commissioned curtains by the artists Magdalena Kita, Sophie Macpherson and Eleanor Wright. The new works in-situ are conceived as a site-specific response to the new location of Drop City in Düsseldorf – the workplace and home to two of Drop City’s co-founders: artist Eleanor Wright and exhibition maker and designer Sam Watson. Manifesting on only an occasional basis, the programme will take place against a backdrop of the live/work space and an evolving personal collection of accumulated objects and artworks. Each event or presentation will provide a different temporal experience, a different intensity and a different possibility for interaction. The partitioning curtains will form an adaptable framework for the upcoming programme, enabling the space to freely transition between a living, working and showing environment.
The invitation to each of the three artists to create a curtain is an attempt to make public the divergent approaches and individual networks at play within Drop City that lead to working with artists in our programming. The work of Köln-based Magdalena Kita, Berlin-based Sophie Macpherson and London/Düsseldorf-based Eleanor Wright shares common sensibilities through its exploration of both two and three-dimensional form, space and materiality in relation to human experience.
Together with the preliminary exhibition Warming up at Petra Rinck Galerie, the invitation creates a dialogue between the works, offering a new perspective on all three artists, each of whom, though strikingly different in their approaches, examine questions related to the context in which their works are shown while addressing wider art historical debates on the politics of form.
The curtains serve to create a new space within the space, and to frame the other pieces on display including the artworks and objects we live and work with daily, playing on a long-standing assumption that décor is only ever an accessory. Lierenfelder Strasse 39 is not an exhibition space as such but, rather, plays host to numerous events and occurrences that typify both Drop City’s and Wright & Watson’s social approach to the production and presentation of art.