Christoph Rodde

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Christoph Rodde, pain royal II. Brot, Lack, Pappe, Nadeln, Wolle, 2014 (Foto: Lisa Stagge)

A sculptural-spatial approach to textile materials and paper forms the focal point of the large format objects and installations by Christoph Rodde (* 1968, Arnsberg). In small format assemblages, he also includes everyday materials, objet trouvés and organic components – such as bicycle tubes, sponges, peppers or bread. These predominantly delicate, ephemeral raw materials, which the artist uses to create filigree objects, are, contrary to the sculptural tradition, not designed for permanence. Christoph Rodde develops partly accessible sculptures and room installations of striking lightness. He succeeds in using light, flowing, translucent fabrics as materials that reconstitute space: textile wall segments or paper sculptures hanging from the ceiling divide the space into new areas, in front and behind. Usual routes and visual axes are veiled and new constructive requirements for the passage through and perception of the space are set.

Christoph Rodde not only reacts to the given architecture of the exhibition space, in addition a large number of his small or large format objects have disparate references to the history of architecture. His objects made of woven fabrics, threads or paper refer to the language of form and construction of the architecture, up to formal details, patterns and decoration. For example the wall-filling paper cut “Bimah von Lancut”, which has not yet been shown, transfers elements of a concrete building in Lancut – a type of baroque East Polish synagogue – into the context of the museum space. Door arches, floor plans, niches, tower-like and tent-like structures are sewn from soft fabrics or linked to three-dimensional objects from threads. The focus is on the idea of and the game with the construction. The artist experiments with the properties and materiality of textiles and paper, their tectonic and plastic possibilities – sewn, knotted, folded, glued or tacked.

In the disparate works of Christoph Rodde stands the organic, freely arranged and a poetic way of dealing with everyday materials alongside geometrically accurate, filigree drawings, cuts and constructions.