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imbenge dreamhouse

imbenge dreamhouse

Statement by artists Venske & Spaenle
CV Venske & Spaenle


The knot - Welcome to Verizon

Our work on imbenge dreamhouse starts with the word "communication" - as it is used in the Western world.

The word is inseparably tied to the notions of high-tech, digital or telecommunications. By interjecting "tele-" into communication, we obtain a more abstract form of "conversation" because there are no more gestures or body language. Communication is primarily viewed as the pure exchange of information.

In New York, we have started to notice the various types of telephone poles where different types of telecommunications (telephone, Internet, cable TV etc.) meet. One often sees a hopelessly chaotic 'cable salad', out of which a new cable for every new connection must somehow be pulled. It is this chaotic knot of individual lines - an image entirely contrary to that of "smooth" telecommunications - leading from the initiator to the recipient that we wish to examine.

On the other hand, the knot can also be understood as the connection between various cultures and points of view, which are intertwined with and adjacent to each other - but not really linked. Two completely different cultures meet in the imbenge dreamhouse project. The communication between these two cultures is not entirely dissimilar to a knot.


CV Venske & Spaenle

Julia Venske *1971 Berlin, Germany
Gregor Spaenle *1969 Munich, Germany
1991/1992-1995 Professional School of Sculpture in Laas, Italy
1995 Diploma
1996 RMIT Dept. of fine arts, Robert Owen, Melbourne, Australia
Solo exhibitions
2004 aussen vor Lothringer Str. 13/Spiegel, Munich, Germany;
Dietzschold Gallery, Sydney, Australia
2003 we are here Margaret Thatcher Projects, New York, USA;
fluff Marcia Wood Gallery, Atlanta, USA
2002 smurfs and screens Renate Schroeder Gallery, Cologne, Germany
2001 screen Museo Sivori, Buenos Aires, Argentina;
2000 Renate Schroeder Gallery, Cologne, Germany;
Köln Skulptur, Art Cologne
1999 black & white Margaret Thatcher Projects (two-person show), New York, USA
1998 marble MBM Gallery, New York, USA
1997 Transformation MBM Gallery, New York, USA
AR-TS Kunstverein Traunstein, Germany
Selected Group Exhibitions
2004 Pavel Zoubok Gallery, New York;
18th Rosen Outdoor Exhibition, Boone, NC, USA;
hard & soft Thatcher Projects, New York;
under different circumstances The Contemporary, Atlanta, USA
2003 Dietzschold Gallery, Sydney, Australia;
tickle pink Marcia Wood Gallery, Atlanta, USA;
Castel Mareccio, Bolzano, Italy
2002 Von der Garnison zur Konversion BBK Augsburg, Germany
breathing room Margaret Thatcher Projects, New York, USA
Transit Margaret Thatcher Projects, New York, USA
jump Schmidt-Dean Gallery, Philadelphia, USA
benefit White Columns, New York, USA
2001 Toyamura biennial, Sapporo, Japan;
heat, Margaret Thatcher Projects, New York, USA;
arte BA, C/C Galeria de Arte, Buenos Aires, Argentina;
PinkRed Schmidt-Dean Gallery, Philadelphia, USA;
Art Brussels, Renate Schroeder Gallery, Brussels, Belgium
2000 Renate Schroeder Gallery, Cologne, Germany;
Zurich Trade Fair, Renate Schroeder Gallery;
in House Margaret Thatcher Projects, New York, USA;
Schmidt-Dean Gallery, Philadelphia; USA
1999 Gallery Wolfram Voelker, Berlin, Germany
1998 Timessquare Illusions MBM Gallery, New York, USA
1997 Schloss Goldrain, Bolzano, Italy
1995 grenzen St. Moritz, Switzerland
Burg Tschengls, Bolzano, Italy
1994 Eigenart Munich Airport
2003 The Yard Socrates Sculpture Park, New York, USA
  • Artforum, Sept. 2003, p. 229, "Yard", Kevin Pratt
  • New York Times, June 2003, p. E28, "Impressions of the Yard, Visual and Olfactory", Roberta Smith
  • Time Out New York, June 19-26 2003, p. 66
  • Atlanta Journal - Constitution, "fluff", "Melting marble for a smile", Jerry Cullum, January 31, 2003
  • New York Times, "Heat", July 1, 2001
  • hoy en el arte, BA, Laura Feinsilber, venske & spanle "screen", April 2001
  • Chambers, Christopher,"Picks", NY Arts Magazine, Vol. 4, No. 3, 1999, p. 75
  • Rothbart, Daniel, "Arthur Mednick Venske & Spaenle at Margaret Thatcher Projects", NY Magazine, Vol. No. 3
  • New York Contemporary Art Report, Vol II, Issue II, February 1999, p. 124
  • The New York Art World, Vol. 2, No. 2,Oct. 1998, p. 23
  • Dolomiten, "bildhauer in new york" 1998, p. 28