Maria Anna Dewes

Galerie Meert Rihoux

The gallery is empty, except for a small table placed in the center of the space. Ten plaster-of-paris heads are arranged in an oval, facing inward toward each other. At first glance they seem to be exactly alike. In fact, their faces are exactly alike, made from the same mold. The only difference between the ten heads are their haircuts. Each face is topped by an individual coiffure: parted down the middle, on the side, Julius Caesar-style, mop-cut, etc.

Maria Anna Dewes is a young German artist, currently living in Düsseldorf. In one sense, her piece, entitled Eine Arbeit (A work, 1990), can be viewed in the context of traditional sculpture. Through the use of displacement, it conditions our perception of the space in which it is exhibited. Situating this table in the center of the gallery, with nothing else to distract our gaze from the sculptural objects, makes us that much more aware

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