Form and Figure
With the exhibition "Beate Debus - Form and Figure", DIE GALERIE presents a new selection of works by the German sculptress from various creative periods and thus illustrates the development of her formal language from figuration to abstraction. Throughout the years, only one thing has remained constant in Beate Debus' (*1957) oeuvre: her deep fascination for the human figure. While the anthropomorphic forms are clearly discernible in her early works, a radical stylistic turn soon takes place and the sometimes bulky, stocky limbs of the resting figures are transformed into abstracting, more delicate lines of extraordinary dynamism, extending into the space with their dancing motions. Yet just as our brain is capable of reading a familiar word out of a chaotic mixture of letters, so is our eye, despite the process of abstraction, able to perceive the human shapes hidden inside Debus' plastics. A broad spectrum of human feelings is evoked by these faceless and yet in their gestures so highly expressive sculptures, allowing an emotional connection between the viewer and the artwork: By depicting the human body, the artist also reveals its very soul.