What draws mountains to the plains
and what obstructs them

Johannes Lothar Schršder about ZuWarten (expecting)
by Ina Schlafke |

Three different work groups by Ina Schlafke that you see here in EINSTELLUNGSRAUM define the ninth exhibition for the year subject BREMSEN. This room is engrossed by high format works of twigs and branches. There is as well an installation to be viewed on the floor of the lightwell in the basement. Additional information about the landscape and the culture of the mountain farmers in the Berchtesga- dener Land/G. at the border to the Salzkammergut/A. in hang out at two spots.

I. "Alles will zu Tal" (everything is draw to the valley)
Schlafke's drawings and installations are results of perception and research in a landscape of changeover from high mountains  to the alpine uplands. A crucial sentence when talking to the artist was: "Alles will zu Tal", and to understand what is meant by this I would like to ask you to first have a look at the six sticks placed at the long wall. When looking closely one sees that the raw unfinished branches that are about the same length do not lean directly against the wall but touch it by dint of cambering. These caps which protect the sticks are additionally loaded by lime sand so that the weight of the angular standing sticks and the unfastened logs resting on them are balanced. All six objects remain standing because the gravity connects the connections of the parts.

Gravity and balance
With this we are at the central aspects of this exhibition: gravity and balance. With these terms in her head the artist gets closer to an ecosystem and a geological formation near the tree line with forestry and pasture farming, with summer guests and vacationing skiers. Here the rock is packaged under a vegetation of gras, herbs, shrubs, bushes and trees. This keeps the topsoil together  and protects the
gravel, sand and stone layers from erosion. If this protective shield tears by external influences rain, snow and snowmelt as well as flactuations in temperature the vegetative cover together with the exposed lying gravel maybe transported down the valley. Within a short time debris flow, avalanches of snow, mud and gravel endanger then the livelihood of the people living there. With this scenario I would like to remind of the double meaning of the title of this exhibition 'Zuwarten';  because 'waiting' does not only mean 'pausing patiently' but also 'to be active caring for things and keeping them in order so that they remain useable - in this case a landscape. Thus it is about delay in deterioration and - in this case of the mountain landscape - to slow down its depletion with the help of human influence and appreciation of natural forces.

II. Braking by drawing
1. Art methods of slowing-down and accelerating
Whilst a sensible cultivation of the Alps slows down the erosion of the mountains it is necessary to imagine the folding and erosion proces- ses accelerated for the understanding of the geology of the mountains. Ina Schlafke is occupied by the occurrences when he mountains erode which she tries to capture by sketches. When she drives through the landscape as fellow passenger she produces a drawing in a situation when others would reach for their cameras. These direct gestural reaction to her environment  will later be the starting point for drawings. Thus the artist does just that what is avoided by the present cultural activities where almost all expressions first run through  visual systems and are worked on digitally  before we are presented with them as art. When she catches a sequence of views of the landscape from inside the car when driving by and then concentrates and compacts these simultaneous views on one paper this happens from her position of speeding but an effect of deceleration is gained which would overtax a camera because the synthesizing dynamic of drawing is not in accordance with the instantaneous capturing of the reality by the camera. In contrast to a chip or a film exposed in fractions of seconds representing a timely or spatially limited detail that maybe

more pictures of the installation                                    Vernissage
Supported by the cultural department of Freie und Hansestadt Hamburg and district office Wandsbek