Texts and press releases


Elfi Kreis

 An Expedition into the Insect Kingdom: Adventure into the Unknown, on the Trail of Drawing

It is their capacity for amazement that artists and researchers have in common. The first engineer to succeed in building a helicopter with only one rotor blade was called Igor Sikorsky. He had a sign hanging up his factory, visible from some distance away, which read: "All recognised laws regarding the mechanics of flight indicate that the bumble bee will be unable to fly, due to its shape and weight in proportion to the surface area of its wings. But the bumble bee doesn't know that - so it simply flies". The inexhaustible wealth of imagination demonstrated by nature is a constant source of fascination - not only to engineers and scientists.



Dr. Melanie Franke
(Deutsche Guggenheim)

 Metamorphosis insectorum

Ursula Goeb can be associated with the Belgian artist Jan Fabre on the basis of her love of drawing, a form of artistic expression capable "of transforming," for example, "an insect into a celestial body", and for her love of entomology, of the insect world, the world of beetles. In the sphere of art, this is a terrain that is less than frequently traversed since bugs are inclined to instil in most people a profound sense of unease.



Michaela Nolte

 Lending Wings to the Head

In an age when the boundaries between original and copy are blurred, and not only the human hand is replaced by technology, but nature has also long arrived at “the age of its technical reproducibility” (Gernot Boehme), the painter and draughtswoman Ursula Goeb presents herself as someone who works by hand. The artist does not confront us with figurative, but with haptic realities; she emphasises the material character of the images by allying mixed techniques using a palette knife with a marble-like transparency or the aleatory quality of water colour painting. By contrast, as a counterpole, there is the spiritual aspect - when the heads, insects, giraffes or beetles transpose us into organic rhythms or spaces close to nature, creating a world of their own outside of landscape and urbanity.



William Kerr

 Gallery XIV37 Thayer Street, Boston, MA  02118 
Presents: Sound in Silence
An exhibition featuring thoughtful and meditative artworks by:
Marilyn Ivy   Ft. Worth, TX

Ursula Goeb   Berlin, Germany
Paul Reidl   Boston, MA

Press Preview and Private Reception: 
Thursday, November 1st 6:00pm
Artist Reception: 
Friday, November 2nd – from 5 – 8pm


  Karen Tuominen
NY 917. 319. 9160

   Essence of Asia: Eastern Influences in Western Art

March 31-April 15, 2007

Opening Reception: Saturday, March 31, 2007, 6-9 Pm

New York, NY, March 2007 – The first in a planned series of culturally inspired art shows, Reflect-Arts, Inc. is pleased to present Essence of Asia: Eastern Influences in Western Art.The work will be displayed in the Asian Fusion Gallery, at Manhattan’s Asian Cultural Center, 15 East 40th Street, NYC.The show will be open to the public from March 31 thru April 14, 2007 during business hours.  The opening party, which will include live performances, cocktails, snacks and more will take place on Saturday, March 31, 2006 from 6 to 9 pm.   Admission is free. 


  Dr. Melanie Franke
(Deutsche Guggenheim)
Metamorphosis insectorum

Metamorphosis is considered to be the ability to transform. In his picture, the artist Jan Fabre was able to convert a plain insect into a "creature of the heavens". According to the surrealist André Breton, the picture "unfolds into priceless material". The artist Willi Baumeister went one step further, and saw it as the possibility of creating "miracles".

Ursual Goeb, a Berlin-based artist, uses the transformation characteristics of drawn lines in order to visualize insects and the metamorphosis of insects. The subject of perception and the technique of expression fuse into one another. At times, the meticulous examinations of the explicitly detailed cocoon or insect legs are aligned with each other. Other times, the drawing hand is able to precisely depict the compliable creature and its movements.

Ursula Goeb draws in a non-objective manner, which is in step with her sense for movement and rhythm. She isn't interested in copying forms or description, but rather in expressing Nature and the true spirit of creatures: animals and landscapes arise from the sweeping lines of uninhibited and sensitive flows, which trace the creature's conditions. Compressions and relations develop in several layers: objects and figures begin to appear. If everything is presented in dark lighting, the speed and pace of the lines clearly emerge. Nothing about these pictures appears static, solid or still. Everything flows, panta rhei.

Translation Dr. Catherine Nichols, April 2006

Press Release Deutsche Bank
Exhibition Ursula Goeb New works on paper 2005/2006
April 4th 2006 - June 15th
Deutsche Bank, Unter den Linden 13-15 10117 Berlin

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