Yvonne Goulbier is a German artist who works predominantly with fluorescent materials and black light. For over 40 years, the artist has been using light to create poetic atmospheres and to expose the “soul” of the space. A principal theme in the work of Yvonne Goulbier is the perception and alteration of reality. Mostly working in and with public spaces, the artist reveals and refigures dark, unusual rooms in the glow of color pigments. In addition to exhibitions at renowned institutions such as Folkwang Museum, the Centre for International Light Art in Unna, Sprengelmuseum and Villa Massimo, Goulbier has received numerous stipends and prizes for her work.
born 1953 in Kaiserslautern
works and lives in Hildesheim
1974 – 1979 Study of Interior architecture
1980 – 2011 collaborative work with husband and sculptor Klaus Goulbier, b. Müller, 1951 – † 2011
Studium der Bildhauerei
EXHIBITIONS & PROJECTS
2019 Special prize for the installation: “i fiori della luce”, Höhler Biennale 2019, Gera
2008 Art Prize of the SPD Parliamentary Group in the State Parliament of Lower Saxony
2001 Scholarship of the Rhein-Neckar district
1988 stay at Villa Massimo
1987 Award of the Heitland Foundation, Celle
1987 Drabert Art Prize, Minden/Cologne
1986 Working scholarship of the Kunstfonds, Bonn
1986 Villa Massimo Fellowship
1985 Scholarship of the Birkenhoff Foundation, Worpswede
1983-1985 Scholarship of the Kunstverein Hannover (Klaus Müller)
ARTIST STATEMENT: PLACES OF SILENCE – LIGHT SPACES OF YVONNE GOULBIER
With my light installations, I create rooms that are encapsulated from the external environment and take the viewer into an alternate reality, into a world of dreams and poetry. Using black light and fluorescent materials, I create metaphysical landscapes, which interact with the found space and simultaneously unfold a meta-level of the fantastic and the unreal.
I do not only seek for a dialogue between realities in museum environments, but above all in “lived”, historically shaped spaces.