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Sabine Hornig

Galerie Barbara Thumm

The boundaries between private and public space are fluid. Shopping malls, administrative buildings, and government service centers are becoming festivalized places with attached restaurants, movies, and round-the-clock bars, while the actual work done there tends to vanish into the buildings’ upper floors or side wings. Conversely, private living space is becoming increasingly officelike, thanks to telecommuting.

For Sabine Hornig, these ambiguously differentiated places in society are symbolized by building entrances. The two model-like sculptures shown here were based on different doorways. Her sculptures copy the structure of a building element without imposing any special artistic signature. By covering the objects with a layer of stucco, she merely emphasizes their formal indifference. Plattenbau (Bosna), 2000, is an exact copy of an entrance to a government-planned high-rise apartment

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