Bartha Contemporary is delighted to announce their participation at Art Düsseldorf. The inaugural edition of Germany's new fair for post-war and contemporary art taking place from the 17–19 November 2017, the preview and opening (by invitation only) is scheduled for Thursday, November 16th.
Inspired by the lasting reputation of the Rheinland as a center for both artistic creation and collecting the gallery will dedicate the entire booth to a two-person presentation featuring works by Clay Ketter and Mike Meiré.
Both artists employ varying degrees of abstraction as a means to reveal the processes that determine our perception. An essential aspect of both Clay Ketter and Mike Meiré's practice is the use of everyday materials.
A series of new paintings combining photographic imagery with built-up structural elements by Clay Ketter combine real imagery with suggested real components. These works question our perception of time, place and artifice. Contemporary culture and the trend to segregated gated communities in particularly informed a large scale Photographic work: Spider Woods (2010). Compiled from high resolution satellite images stitched together using CGI technology to depict a dystopian aerial view of a gated community concentrically arranged to surround a golf course. Another large-scale photographic object from the artist's renown Gulf Coast Slabs Series (2007), depicting traces of homes swept away by Hurricane Katrina, will complete Clay Ketter's installation. These photographic objects are a timely and poignant reminder of our fragile existence.
Fragility and the constantly transient nature of our everyday existence play an equally important role in the works presented by Mike Meiré. A specially commissioned display, occupying the central space of the booth, features a sequence of recent ceramic-objects, sculptures, and is juxtaposed with a selection of recent wall based grid-paintings on newsprint. The works showcase the artist's familiarity with popular culture in western societies as well as the artist's acute awareness of the neuroses that increasingly signify our existence.
The show at Art Düsseldorf features works by two artists who have enjoyed a continuous exchange of ideas. One based in the Rheinland the other in Scandinavia, this dialogue has inspired both artists, and the presentation at Art Düsseldorf is a significant manifestation of their creative debate.