°1974, Bonn (DE) – lives and works in Berlin (DE)
Eva Berendes’ practice draws on the history and language of abstract painting in conjunction with the application of craft and applied arts. Her works frequently refer to decorative objects usually associated with domestic settings such as curtains, screens, throws and wall hangings. Dominant surfaces are exposed through a subtle process of concealment and disclosure. The making process is uncovered and in doing so, Berendes destabilises any rigid understanding of the object. Berendes creates work that simultaneously suggests both simplicity and complexity – it is her integration of both the fine and applied arts that highlights the contradictions, tensions and ultimate validity of this division by bringing them both to the fore.
Eva Berendes – Elbe-Schule Curtain, 2020
Eva Berendes – Grid (Scarf), 2013
Eva Berendes – The Middelburg Curtain, installation view at De Vleeshal, Middelburg in 2011
Eva Berendes – The Middelburg Curtain, installation view at De Vleeshal, Middelburg in 2011 (with work by Koenraad Dedobbeleer)
Eva Berendes – Exhibition view of Plaza at Staedtische Galerie, Waldkraiburg, in 2017 (Photo by Gehard Nixdorf)
Eva Berendes has had numerous solo exhibitions, including shows at Kunstraum Düsseldorf; Goethe Institute, Dublin; and Etage Projects, Copenhagen. Her work has also been shown in several group exhibitions at venues such as M HKA, Antwerp; Hara Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo; Bielefelder Kunstverein, Bielefeld; and Witte de With, Rotterdam.
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You can also find more work by Eva Berendes on her own website.
Eva Berendes – Gates, 2020 installation view at Kunstverein Siegen (Photo by Heinrich Holtgreve Ostkreuz)
Eva Berendes – Gates, installation view at Kunstverein Siegen in 2020
Eva Berendes – exhibition view of Making is Thinking at Witte de With, Rotterdam in 2011
Eva Berendes – Collage (rubber band 2), 2016