Untitled (Tankstelle Nicosia International Airport), 2008,
Watercolour, pencil and crayon on pergamine
119 x 83 cm
Trümmerbahnen (Minigolfparcours), 2004
Concrete, glass, metall and ceramic
12 miniature golf courses, incl. golf clubs, balls and score cards
Ever since her studies, Ina Weber (1964) has been underway a great deal, in cities across Germany and Europe, in the French provinces, on the English coasts, and in so doing developed a rather unique collecting passion: she “collects” architectures. Like souvenirs, she collects urban impressions by taking large numbers of photographs and later develops in drawings and sculptures worlds between depiction, invention, and the purely imaginary. In so doing, her gaze is less directed at the sensations of urban planning than at the experiential world of the everyday, the dynamism and fugacity of urban life with all its absurdities and its hidden poetry. It seems as if all her journeys led to places that leave us with the feeling that time and life can also pass without anything happening. She isolates individual buildings, urban ensembles, or architectural details, and thus removes them from their bustling, complex surroundings. Ina Weber’s models and architectures achieve their impact by way of their apparent self-evident familiarity. They seem divorced from concrete surroundings, almost placeless, and develop through the combination of various elements a multilayered play of references of things personally remembered and objectively perceived.
Her works have been on view at Skulpturenpark Köln (until 2011), ZKM Karlsruhe (2008 and 2007), Kunstverein Kassel (2008), Kunsthalle Zürich (2006), and Braunschweig Parcours (2004).