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Brigitte Waldach: Instinct-Black Box

  • The Garden of the Zodiac 1042 Howard Street Omaha, NE, 68102 United States (map)

The Moving Gallery is pleased to introduce Instinct—Black Box, an exhibition of recent work by Berlin artist Brigitte Waldach. Opening on August 10 at the Garden of the Zodiac, 1042 Howard Street in the Old Market Passageway, the show continues the artist’s investigation of human emotions and behavior. This exhibition, organized by curator Matthias Harder of Berlin’s Helmut Newton Foundation, runs concurrently with the Moving Gallery’s presentation of Drive Drove Driven: Cars in Contemporary Photography at the Artists’ Cooperative Gallery, 405 S. 11th Street.

Waldach addresses the inherent tension in the dynamics of human behavior and emotion in her spatial drawing Instinct – Black Box. Ninety drawings are hung on the walls in a tight one-row grid, in the two spaces, painted entirely in black. On display are dreamlike miniatures: people with elongated limbs or unusual body extensions, faceless portraits, emotions rendered as schematic line drawings, gesture fragments, and brilliantly poignant scenes that tread the line between absurdity, slapstick, and oppression. 

Again and again, the inner tension of these drawings emerges from the contrast between fine, quick, and almost timid lines, and solid dark surfaces that sharply contour individual body parts, without articulating spatial depth. Waldach offers us a kind of visual diary here, journaling a newly regained desire for free drawing, and for the immediacy of pictorial expression, which seeks to liberate the bond between hand and eye from intellectual control. Aphoristic scenes align themselves with temporary neighbors, establishing rhythms, assuming narrative threads, and losing them again in the ambiguity of spontaneous thought.

For this exhibition, Waldach’s drawings will be printed in an exclusive edition of 1/1 and accompanied by individual texts, each serving as an abstract short story about these snapshots of human behavior. Thus, a second "Omaha original" has been created, in that a duplicate becomes one of a kind.

Characteristic of Waldach’s artwork, monochromatic imagery is presented with an economy of detail, the negative space of the white paper lending to a work’s ambiguity or openness of meaning. Within the delicacy and sparseness of her rendering is a psychological weight that grounds the images. Her works often pay respect to authors with insight into human nature, such as Samuel Beckett, Franz Kafka and Edgar Allen Poe, while others reflect the dark expressionism of filmmakers Alfred Hitchcock, Stanley Kubrick and David Lynch.

Brigitte Waldach was born in 1966 in Berlin, Germany, where she lives and works. While at Berlin’s University of the Arts, she studied art pedagogy and theory, and painting under Georg Baselitz. Exhibiting continuously since 2000 in venues from Buenos Aires to Seoul, Waldach has enjoyed recent solo shows in Denmark at the Brandts museum in Odense and Galleri Bo Bjerggaard in Copenhagen, as well as Conrads Gallery in Dusseldorf, Germany. Additionally, her work is included in the collections of the Albertina in Vienna and the Berlinische Galerie in Berlin, among others. This is the artist’s second solo show in Omaha; in 2012, she presented Logical Landscape drawings at the Moving Gallery and was a featured artist in 2007’s Portrait: Berlin.

Brigitte Waldach: Instinct opens on the evening of August 10, 2017, and runs through September 10 in the Garden of the Zodiac Gallery, 1042 Howard Street. The gallery is open Tuesdays through Saturdays from noon to 8:00pm and on Sundays from noon to 6:00pm. For further information, please contact 402.341.1877 or

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