HALONA HILBERTZ

HALONA HILBERTZ

DEMARCHE

General Thoughts about my Art, February 2007

WALL DOLLS

I call my figural soft sculptures Wall Dolls.

Externally/physically:
The variously textured fabrics that I use are taken from clothing, bedding, upholstery.

These are familiar tools of protection and survival that have been employed by humans for a long time.

Internally/psychologically :
Many of us grew up having complex relationships with dolls, which serve as mirrors of ourselves.

We used them in play to symbolize various social roles. Dolls help us to learn to function as single beings within a larger society.

Both factors, external and internal, allow an intimacy to take place between my Wall Dolls and viewers. Each doll has its own personality, and viewers often develop their own unique relationships with single dolls.

Empathy (or an attempt at it) for creatures different from ourselves is something I strive to ellicit. Empathy is a natural capacity necessary for the survival of many animal living arrangements

(for  example, that of the social animal homo sapiens). Empathy, coupled with curiosity, leads us to ask all kinds of metaphysical questions. For example, what does a bird feel when it is flying?

What happens when a creature dies?…The questions asked, in turn, transport us beyond our limited, routine, day-to-day existence.

By stimulating the imagination, they make life exciting and mysterious.autiful.

PARCOURS

SHOWS

2010 Creative Couples | Williamsburg Art & Historical Center, Brooklyn, NY
11th Annual Williamsburg Salon | Williamsburg Art & Historical Center, Brooklyn, NY

2009 10th Annual Williamsburg Salon | Williamsburg Art & Historical Center, Brooklyn, NY

2008 Katja Fratzscher & Halona Hilbertz: Zeichnungen & Objekte | 2-person show, curated by Anna Schädlich, Q-Club, Berlin, Germany
Wish You Were Here 7 | A.I.R. Gallery, New York, NY
9th Annual Williamsburg Salon | Williamsburg Art & Historical Center, Brooklyn, NY

2007 Play | Proteus Gowanus, Brooklyn, NY
Wish You Were Here | A.I.R. Gallery, New York, NY
birdy | Sweet Virginia, Brooklyn, NY
Home | South 4th Cafe, Brooklyn, NY
20 Birds (Solo) | Amarin Thai Cafe, Brooklyn, NY

2006 Laundry-Women-Art | Bliss Street Studio Gallery, Queens, NY
Art of the Word | Haven Arts, Bronx, NY
Halona Hilbertz: Wall Dolls. Donn Davis: Collage Paintings. (Two Person Show) | XVA Gallery, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Terrible Toy Fair III | CBGB Art Gallery, New York, NY
Cyclical States of Boredom in the Face of World Domination | Rachel Mason’s Studio, Brooklyn, NY

2005 Pfiennale | Pfiff Restaurant, New York, NY
Tsunami Benefit Show | Thai Cafe, Brooklyn, NY
8th Annual Williamsburg Salon | Williamsburg Art & Historical Center, Brooklyn, NY

2004 Dollhouses in the Dollhaus | Dollhaus Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
P.M.S./Women Painters, Musicians and Sculptors | Brooklyn College Art Gallery at the Brooklyn War Memorial, NY
Terrible Toy Fair II | CBGB Art Gallery, New York, NY
7th Annual Williamsburg Salon | Williamsburg Art & Historical Center, Brooklyn, NY

2003 Dollops, Knit Objects & Wall Dolls (Solo) | Amarin Thai Cafe, Brooklyn, NY
Complement/Contrast | 138 Bayard, Brooklyn, NY
WACO Show | 49 Ann, New York, NY
New Art Show | Hines Studios, Charleston, SC
Characterism | Williamsburg Art & Historical Center, Brooklyn, NY
Everything Must Go (27-Artist Show, Co-Curated with Donn Davis) | 59 Harrison Avenue, Brooklyn, New York
6th Annual Williamsburg Salon | Williamsburg Art & Historical Center, Brooklyn, NY

2002 5th Annual Williamsburg Salon | Williamsburg Art & Historical Center, Brooklyn, NY

2001 Williamsburg Arts and Culture Festival | 59 Harrison Avenue, Brooklyn, NY

2000 Elsewhere Festival | In conjunction with Bernadette Salvage Fine Art, Brooklyn, NY

1997 Künstler machen Schilder für Rottweil (Catalogue) | Forum Kunst, Rottweil, Germany
Artoll Labor 1997 | Rheinische Landesklinik, Bedburg-Hau, Germany

1996 Und tschüss! (Solo) | Galerie Gabriele Hühnergarth, Merzig, Germany
Zuviele Männchen | Künstlerhaus Am Acker, Berlin, Germany

1995 393 Jahre Fotografie -10 Künstler x ein Medium (Catalogue) | Saarländisches Künstlerhaus, Saarbrücken, Germany
Bel Etage (Postcard Edition) | Wilhelm-Heinrich-Strasse 20, Saarbrücken, Germany

1994 Position 94 | Volkshochschulzentrum, Saarbrücken, Germany

1993 Die Wortansammlung (Two Person Show, with Christian H. Cordes) | Galerie Gabriele Huehnergarth, Merzig, Germany
Innenraum – Aussenraum | Galerie Im Zwinger, St. Wendel, Germany
Wir sind gerne hier | Rathaus, Altenkessel, Germany
Kunstwerkberg (Catalogue) | Saarbergwerke Saarbrücken, Germany

1992 Neue Medien – Klasse! (Catalogue) | Saarländisches Künstlerhaus, Saarbrücken, Germany

1991 10 x 10 (Catalogue) | Kunsthaus, Wiesbaden, Germany

PERFORMANCES (all are solo unless otherwise noted)

1998 Pseudo Studio Walk (Internet live broadcast) | Pseudo Programs, New York / Selected and funded by Franklin Furnace, New York, NY

1998 B.D.-N.Y.-B.D.: Eine Flasche geht auf Reisen (in: Das Bad Dürkheim Projekt) | (Catalogue),Winzergenossenschaft, Bad Dürkheim, Germany

1996 Schlagsahne in die Magengrube (Artist Book Edition) | Stadtmuseum, Gross-Gerau, Germany / Funded by Iniative GG-1973

1996 Kohlenhydrate Kochen (with Christian H. Cordes) (in: Murmeln und böse Nachbarn), Hochschule für Künste, Bremen, Germany
Die Monogamie (Theaterperformance. Written, directed. Costumes and stage set designed & produced. Peformed, with Susanne Wilms and Thomas Machel.) |
Hochschule der Bildenden Künste Saar, Saarbrücken, Germany

1994 Disarming Moments (in: Disarming Moments) | Eyelevel Gallery, Halifax, Canada
Breathing (in: Breathing, Installation by Kirsten Forkert) | Starracles Gallery, Halifax, Canada
Gegacker (with Christian H. Cordes) | Khyber Cafe, Halifax, Canada
Anti-Feminist (in: Performance Evening) | Nova Scotia College of Art & Design, Halifax, Canada

1993 Gespenst in Strapsen (in: Innenraum – Aussenraum) | Galerie Im Zwinger, St. Wendel, Germany
Eine Mütze voll Charme (with Christian H. Cordes) | Kapelle Gutenbrunn, Homburg, Germany

1992 Zwischenprüfungsperformance | Hochschule der Bildenden Künste Saar, Saarbrücken, Germany
Eric Satie: Méduse (Stageset and Costumes for event, with Leslie Huppert) | Weltkulturerbe Völklinger Hütte: Gasgebläsehalle, Völklingen, Germany
Mondphasen (with Leslie Huppert and Susanne Wilms) | Bürgerpark, Saarbrücken, Germany
Katzenfutter-Kindheit (in: Simultanperformance 1992) | Hochschule der Bildenden Künste Saar, Saarbrücken, Germany

1991 Sad (in: Simultanperformance 1991) | Hochschule der Bildenden Künste Saar, Saarbrücken, Germany

OTHER ACTIVITIES

Since 2001 Full Tank (Experimental-Euro-Punk-Rock-Wave-Girls-Band) | Full Tank info at mySpace, Various venues in New York City

2001 Year of Come-ons (Social Sculpture for 1 year / Installation) | Mainly in the streets and subways of New York City

1997 Franklin Furnace Goes Virtual, Performance Recipient | Selected, funded, and made possible by Franklin Furnace, New York, NY

1996 Klohäuschen (“Kunst am Bau” Assignment) | Festo KG, Rohrbach, Germany

1994 Two Trees in a Conversation (Large Outdoors Sculptures) | (1 of 2 stolen immediately), Highway, Halifax, Canada

1993 Robert-Shuman-Kunstpreis, Finalist (Art Prize) | Kulturämter (Municipal offfices of Culture)) Saarbrücken and Trier, Germany;
Metz, France; and Luxembourg

1991 Internationale Plakate Wettbewerb, Finalist (Billboard Competition)
Hochschule der Bildenden Künste Saar and the City of Saarbrücken, Germany

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