Jorinde Voigt Born in 1977 in Frankfurt/Main | Lives and works in Berlin


Jorinde Voigt

Jorinde Voigt
Foto: Jörg Reichardt

The compositions that Jorinde Voigt develops in her drawings, when viewed from a distance, make one think of maps of airline routes, studies of birds forming into flocks, branching nervous systems, or musical scores; innumerable lines forming themselves into dynamic structures, creating movement, turbulences, and rhythms.

Her for the most part large-formatted, serially structured works are created in close alignment to our everyday reality. Visual, acoustic, tactile, and olfactory perceptions are translated into lines, numbers, and letters. Voigt’s semiotic systems are attempts at capturing, in their synchronicity, a variety of visual and perceptible events surrounding us and transposing them into a unique structuring regime. These everyday observations encounter fictional dimensions of the imaginable in which time and space are given a utopian character.

In her work, Piece for Words and Views I–XXXVI (2012), Jorinde Voigt combines the graphic process of notation with collage techniques. The confrontation with literature, specifically with Roland Barthes’ A Lover’s Discourse: Fragments (2004), initially formed the basis for a cycle of collages. The collaged elements are visual associations with the words and situations described in the book that stuck in Voigt’s memory while reading it. Embedded in the sweeping patterns of lines with references to wind direction and strength, rotation direction and speed, the colored collage elements are set in imaginary motion and temporally and spatial located.


Solo exhibitions (selection)

2012 5th Drawing Prize Daniel & Florence Guerlain, Salon du Dessin, Paris
2011 Von der Heydt-Museum, Wuppertal
2010 STAAT/ Random I-XI, Gemeentemuseum, Den Haag
2009 Symphonic Area, HDKV Heidelberger Kunstverein
STAAT/ Random I-XI‚ BHWF Byrd Hoffman Watermill Foundation, New York

Group exhibitions (selection)

2012 Turbulences, Espace Culturel Louis Vuitton, Paris
2011 54th International Art Exhibition - La Biennale di Venezia‚ Palazzo Papadopoli, Venedig
2010 Future Generation Art Prize 2010, Pinchuk Art Center, Kiev