Heike Weber, the Locker Plant, January 2006

Heike Weber

Heike Weber, an artist based in Cologne, Germany, concluded her residency in Marfa with an exhibition entitled It’s grand when I yearn for something that can never be attained, for yearning withers on the verge of fulfillment.

Weber’s installation seemed to suspend laws of gravity in the front room of the Locker Plant. The artist floated oversized human figures, constructed from thin strings of acrylic, throughout the exhibition space. Weber created the figures by molding them onto wax paper. Each figure was then carefully affixed with dozens of pins a few inches away from the walls of the Locker Plant. The three delicately contoured figures, arms and legs outstretched as though caught in a moment of freefall, seemed to bob and drift in mid-air.

In the Locker Plant’s back room, Weber exhibited a series of graphite drawings. These featured variously sized, slightly blurred spheres built up from hundreds of lightly drawn strokes. In each drawing the spheres were differently configured, tending now toward clutter, now toward emptiness, so that viewed as a whole the series suggested a fragmented map of the nighttime sky.

Weber has had recent solo exhibitions at the Museum Morsbroich (2004) and the Kunstmuseum Bonn (2003), and was part of group exhibitions at Kunstverein Hannover (2003), Kunsthalle Fridericianum (2004), and Kunsthalle Baden-Baden (2004), all in Germany. She has participated in many artist residencies throughout Europe, most recently at Villa Casa Baldi, Italy, in July-September 2005. Weber holds a degree in fine arts from Fachhochschule Aachen.