Edit Oderbolz (b. 1966, Stein am Rhein, lives and works for many years in Basel) is known in the contemporary art context thanks in part to being awarded the Manor Art Prize Basel (2004), her solo exhibition at the Kunsthaus Langenthal (2008), the extensive work on the rear wall of the Kunsthalle Basel (2010) and her presentation at Art Statements in Basel (2013). She was awarded the renowned Artist Residency from the Landis & Gyr Foundation for a residency in London from October 2014 to January 2015.
At the Kunsthaus Baselland and the Kunstverein Nürnberg Edit Oderbolz will present her first extensive solo exhibition for seven years, an exhibition which will consist entirely of new works. With this, the artist will pursue her lasting interest in sculptural arrangements, restructuring and amplifying existing architecture and environments. Empty spaces and gaps play a central role in her installation works: in her abstract structures she creates the potential for narrative, and her use of everyday materials with their cultural connotations equally plays a part in this. The materials chosen by Oderbolz often fluctuate between stability and ephemerality and have a particular influence on the viewer’s physical and mental experience of a space.
A clear relationship to place and space always defines Edit Oderbolz’s works. The development of the works with and beyond the space will be the key starting point for both exhibitions, in Muttenz and in Nürnberg. The artist will develop a specific presentation for both institutions, one which will be echoed in the other location, absorbing new works and, in turn, changing others. At the Kunsthaus Baselland Edit Oderbolz will occupy the whole basement storey and through a sequence of works create a new temporal dynamic to emerge while moving through the spaces. In Nürnberg she will respond to the historical spaces and the ‘neue Sachlichkeit’ (New Objectivity) architecture of the Milchhofgebäude, the former dairy plant headquarters where the Kunstverein is based. In this sense Edit Oderbolz’s two exhibitions are not planned as a touring show but as two mutually enriching concepts. At the Kunstverein Nürnberg the artist will also present a significant survey of her work for the first time in Germany.