DEUTSCHE TEXTVERSION The seductive power of the strange | Roland Nachtigäller

The rain is at a pleasant temperature" says a slim young woman to a man on the way into an underground station. He doesn't answer, just moves on, and she also makes her way slowly down into the station and turns to the next man: "Are you listening? The rain is at a pleasant temperature." Although a statement like this could be the classic opening to a casual conversation at a party – on exactly the same lines as "Lovely weather we're having" –, it still seems to come out of the blue and sounds strangely out of place in the middle of a city street - especially when it is constantly repeated. It is an invitation to make conversation, a plea for communication, but just a little on the wrong side of the unwritten rules of public life; perhaps desperate, perhaps a little mad, but in any case threatening and confusing because it is so direct.

The rain is at a pleasant temperature  
p. 1, 3
Woobie #2 p. 2
Handmates p. 2
Sleeping Beauty p. 2
Switch p. 2
Tie or Untie p. 2
Can You Give Me Something? p. 2
NOFF #4 p. 2, 3
Enactments p. 2, 3 Martin Walde confronts these strange facets of everyday life with the same amazement and awkwardness as most other people: you look away, try to pretend it isn't happening, hurry on. But hours later, once he has got home, scenes like these catch Walde up again, and the protagonists come back to life in his drawings. Here reality and fantasy meet, memory and speculation, photograph and sketch. Martin Walde chose this statement by the lonely woman going into the underground station as the title for his exhibition at the Städtische Galerie Nordhorn, and he also used it for the central, expansive installation made up of light, dancing awnings in the large exhibition pavilion. And it was not a random choice: this sentence actually sums up the essential motifs of his projects.
Loosing Control p. 3
Clips of Slips p. 3
Der Duft der verblühenden Alpenrose  
p. 3
Shrinking Bottles/ Melting Bottles  
p. 3
    – Communication as a challenge. An exhibition is always a dialogue. Visitors are being introduced to a rich, sometimes complex world of images and ideas. But when going into an exhibition, as a rule you don't know exactly what to expect, even though you may have had some preliminary information. The exhibits are just as likely to speak to visitors out of the blue as that woman wandering through the underground tunnels. And even if – especially with a view to the artistic developments of recent years – it might sound a little theatrical or idealistic - artists, and Martin Walde in particular, also badly want to use their work to make contact with the public, to launch a dialogue stubbornly, and to provoke a reaction (which is not necessarily always tangible).
Martin Walde pushes this confrontation between artist, exhibition venue, work and the public as far as he can by staging his exhibitions as definitely open situations: a range of items is on offer, but there are no rules or fixed guidelines. Although many of his works are extremely fragile, and demand a careful, though physical, approach, he takes up no position in relation to whether and how exhibits should be kept safe, ...follow me to the right(contined >>>)follow me to the right
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