Thomas Vinson – Magdalena K. 2017

Magdalenenstrasse No. 28, 53121 Bonn

art and living #11

For his artistic search for traces in the "kunstundwohnen" series, he takes Thomas Vinson (b. 1970 in Paris) suggested the beginning of the Lutfridstrasse estate on Magdalenenstrasse: A crossbar opposite the neo-Gothic church of St. Maria Magdalena, which was destroyed in the war, separates the inner, green area of the estate from the street and adapts to the curved course of the street on. The church, located on a hill, dominates the district, also with its omnipresent chiming.

Vinson embedded several photos on aluminum dibond, which he took outside the church, flat into the walls in the stairwell area of Magdalenenstraße No. 28. The overmolded painting of the banister has been removed and is now reminiscent of the original 1950s condition. Through his intervention, changes are made legible and existing structures are adapted as a reminiscence of the design quality of post-war architecture.

Based on Robert Smithson's Sites and Non-Sites set Vinsons Interventions outside and inside, specific and generalized location in relation. Architecture, implanted works of art and urban environment form a meaningful unity that was immortalized by an autobiographically inspired, historical wedding photo of his grandmother Magdalena on the underside of the staircase on the ground floor - on which the title "Magdalena K.", as well as relates to the Church.

Text: Beate Eckstein

Thomas Vinson, born 1970 Paris, France, passed his legal state examination in 1994 at the Panthéon-Sorbonne in Paris and then studied sculpture from 1997-1999 with Prof. George Smith at the Rice University in Houston, USA. In 2002 he was awarded the 2nd prize Sculptures in the Park, Mörfelden-Walldorf, Germany. In 2013 the artist received a grant at the Espace de l'Art Concret (Foundation Albers – Honegger), Mouans-Sartoux, France. From 2013-2018 was Vinson Guest lecturer for sculpture Justus-Liebig University, Giessen. Since 2014 he has been a guest lecturer in the sculpture architecture department at the THM, Gießen University of Applied Sciences. Thomas Vinson lives and works in Paris and Giessen.


Photographer: Mareike Tocha, Cologne