The Berlin-based artist Eva Berendes is a lover of grids and lines, of symmetry and abstraction. Who can blame her? When it comes down to it, we are all just flowing lines of energy currents. Berendes’ technical ability is astounding, her works jump from installations of grids and found objects (the personal and the interpersonal), to painted slabs of white wood (carefully layered) to candy coloured metal poles, a child’s playground that has been stripped back and reduced to it’s essence.
Berendes’ coordination of shapes and colours is nothing short of a mathematical feat, her symmetry and Mondrian-esque lines invoke awe and general silent amazement. Because these works are not mere shapes, they are choreography of lines, a carefully arranged story-telling.
Her installations blend the past and present of art-making: the arrangement of archaic vases over modern grid patterns makes you question your interpretation of the pieces. Her art is the sort of art you could keep for a lifetime, and still not figure out all it’s secrets.
Words / Ruby Giles