Dulwich Picture Gallery commissions immersive installation by Mariele Neudecker
Bristol-based artist, Mariele Neudecker, has created a new, sculptural installation for the mausoleum at Dulwich Picture Gallery, which will be displayed as part of a new exhibition of work by the Norwegian artist, Harald Sohlberg.
'And Then the World Changed Colour: Breathing Yellow' is the latest in Neudecker’s tank-series and will be installed in the Gallery’s mausoleum throughout Harald Sohlberg: Painting Norway (13 February – 2 June 2019).
Neudecker, who was born in Germany, is known for creating alternative realities in glass vitrines, addressing sublime, romantic views of landscape and the human relationship to it. Her tank works are three-dimensional sections of landscapes that sit submerged in atmospheric water solutions, allowing an immersive experience as well as a detached one. Breathing Yellow responds directly to the work of Sohlberg, in particular his painting Fisherman’s Cottage, and to the Norwegian landscape.
The iconic yellow light of the Gallery’s mausoleum – part of Sir John Soane’s original stained-glass design - will lead the piece to change and evolve at different times of day, responding to the light conditions surrounding it. Breathing Yellow will contain a forest, with a density that is similar to the Norwegian woods Sohlberg painted. The scene will be impenetrable and dark, and lit from an external source, intermixing with the light conditions of the Mausoleum itself.
Mariele Neudecker said: “This sculptural companion to the exhibition has a density that compares to some of the Norwegian woods Sohlberg painted. You are simultaneously drawn in close, inside the tank and clearly outside it; you inhabit the space in your mind and are physically distanced by artifice, glass, refraction and reflection. Visitors will encounter a multi-layered sense of looking and breathing in the saturated air in the space, as well as in the tank, where the real and imaginary collide.”