15 MAY – 15 JUNE 2015
Opening: Thursday, 14 May, 7pm
Istanbul is a call out and likewise an abundance of passion. Ute Helmbold encountered both for more than three month and made drawings.
She is scratching lines onto paper with a swiftly, almost furious hand. Black fine liner and marker push through the pages of her drawing pad and leave deep ruts from time to time. She is not into colour. Ute Helmbold is illustrator with abandon: “I love to leave traces on paper. There is just one stroke, then there are more and finally something appears. Sometimes I HAVE to scratch with a literally destructive lust to SCRAPE the lines. Whatever I do, I control quite precise. Especially the contrasts between massive black areas and fine lines are essential for me. It is always construction and deconstruction that compose exciting interaction.”
She makes drawings on impulse and offhandedly. She sketches in the field and occasionally refinishes crude sketches later. When impressions fall over each other quickly, she gets inspired by made snap shots or by the image in her mind. It seems that her figures have a caricatural expression; nevertheless her works are not funny. The cityscape on paper appears often harsh – the display of Istanbul is not sugarcoated at all. She renounced pictures of tourist attractions, since she was looking behind the scenes. “I found a lot but not everything. I even didn’t come close to an answer on what I was actually searching. Istanbul will always stay mysterious for me.”
Ute Helmbold collects and archives her sketched impressions like a dairy. She doesn’t use a common sketchbook but a pad with unconventional format (12,5×25 cm) and simple paper: „Usual sketchbooks have always restricted me. They imply the page to be as perfect as possible. If you work spontaneous, like me, you need the possibility to just throw your drawings into the trash.” She is not revealing, if and when she actually does throw it.
The exhibition shows around 300 sketches and drawings. The drawings are assorted and displayed according to the topic – This way they reveal a distinct story of Istanbul.
Ute Helmbold was born in Bremen and studied communication design at the University GHS Essen from 1980 to 1987. She is working as a freelance illustrator since 1987 and holds a professorship for illustrations at Braunschweig University of Arts since 1995. Ute Helmbold lives and works in Essen.
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