New York based artist Bea Fremdermann graduated from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and embarked on her creative career through extensive collaborations and exhibitions. The artist not only produces her won work, but also runs a curated art space called Kunsthalle New. Fremdermann’s work often plays with opposites and a feeling of un-ease. From a distance, you may overlook the oddities of her pieces, but upon closer inspection, you will discover a disparity of sorts that is intriguing and unsettling. Previous works such as Hindsight is 20/20 and From Bauhaus to My Haus are but a few pieces that have fragmented our preconceptions of space.
Solastalgia, a portmanteau of the words “solace” and “nostlagia” is the title for a series of works examining nature, at the absence of humans. The exhibition reimagines a world where humans no longer exist, and nature reins dominate our mankind’s possessions. Chia seed buds overgrow onto jeans and sweaters, cut fruits stitched back together (by whom pray tell, if there are no humans), and walls made of newspaper bricks; harkening to a period lacking of resources – create an atmosphere that is mystical yet familiar.
The artist discovered the title name of her solo exhibition at Born Nude, via philosopher Glenn Albrecht, who coined the term, for it’s meaning of feeling homesickness when you are still at home (Dismagazine, 2016). Post-apocalyptic, and beautiful, the exhibition is full of aesthetic oddities.
“[Solstalgia] captures the particular form of psychological distress that sets in when the homeland that we love and from which we take comfort in is radically altered by extraction and industrialization, rendering it alienating and unfamiliar.”