Awst & Walther

b. Awst: 1983 Walther: 1978, Bangor, Wales and Dresden, Germany
Lives and works in Wales and Berlin

Awst & Walther's backgrounds in architecture and theatre strongly influence their exploration into relationships between human beings and their physical surroundings. The couple work with a range of media including sculpture, performance, drawing and installation. With their subtle yet critical approach, they put society's governing values and accepted codes of behavior under scrutiny.

Their most recent work engages the architectural, temporal and metaphysical notion of a ‘threshold’. They investigate the ambiguous area between A and B (i.e: inside and outside, private and public, self and other) through a series of sculptures and interventions. This series incorporates specific industrial and ephemeral materials including gelatin, plaster and ice. The resulting objects and settings are unassuming and alluring, as they confront the viewer with an awareness of his or her own expectations and vulnerability.

Manon Awst and Benjamin Walther are based in Wales and Berlin, they have exhibited extensively throughout Europe in recent years, most noticeably being commissioned by the German Embassy in London to produce Work In Progress, a 11ft wall of ice to commemorate the fall of the Berlin Wall. Manon and Benjamin are represented by the London gallery Hannah Barry.

The artist was in the following exhibitions:
Awst & Walther: The Conversation
The Last Days of The Empire

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