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Heike Weber and One Million Markers

09/29/14

The spaces are consuming. Dizzying rivers of warped lines and patterns flow from unsuspecting spaces. The design undulates, moves towards you with deceiving three-dimensionality. No inch is left ignored; the ceiling, the walls, the floors—everything is fair game for Cologne-based artist Heike Weber, who transforms rooms using the most taken-for-granted of supplies.

Working solely with permanent ink marker (really hope she’s sponsored), Weber’s work is like manic, hand-drawn wallpaper, fully covering and altering the space, mark by mark, with what can only be a hand-cramping dedication to form. The installations take on a life of their own, becoming timeless in their inability to be placed into any time at all. Juxtaposed against more traditional, classic architecture, a building becomes the home of a surrealist, impossible landscape—something better suited for the set of a Tim Burton movie.

Weber’s art often uses neglected, utilitarian materials for her higher concept work, making you reconsider tradition and deeply engrained habits in the art world. In choosing a particular instrument with which to work, Weber adds a layer of modernity to every piece—a deeper context with which to view the art. From paper cutouts reminiscent of a 3D Jackson Pollock, to silicon prints laid on the ground to mimic oriental rugs, Weber integrates new materials into age-old forms.

Blending old and new. Sounds like progress.

Images courtesy of the artist.