'A Picture of War is Not War', we read in Hito Steyerl's iconic film November (2004), an essayistic Super 8 film tackling the definition of terrorism constructed around the figure of the artist's best friend Andrea Wolf, who was killed as a terrorist in 1998 in Eastern Anatolia after she joined the PKK (Kurdistan Workers' Party). Mixing documentary...
There has been a flurry of triennial and biennial art activity in Japan this year. The Aichi Triennale opened in Nagoya this August, sparking a national debate about the shutting down of a display of formerly censored works—the result of public backlash against a burnt image of Emperor Hirohito and a statue commemorating the women forced into...
Hans Hartung and Art Informel at Mazzoleni London (1 October 2019-18 January 2020) presents key works by the French-German painter while highlighting his connection with artists active in Paris during the 50s and 60s. In this video, writer and historian Alan Montgomery discusses Hartung's practice and its legacy.Born in Leipzig in 1904, Hans...
Karl-Heinz Adler, Birgit Brenner, Martin Eder, Tim Eitel, Stella Hamberg, Uwe Kowski, Ryan Mosley, Olaf Nicolai, Ricarda Roggan, Bosco Sodi
Galerie EIGEN + ART Leipzig/Berlin are participating at Frieze 2018 with a presentation focusing on the idea of Tactility and Touch in sculpture, painting and photography. Highly defined photographic representations of objects are contrasted with meticulously detailed painting and with rich material surfaces. Centre of the presentation will be recent works by Martin Eder, Stella Hamberg, Ricarda Roggan and Bosco Sodi.
Martin Eder’s historised women in armour as well as his recent male nudes are simultaneously hyperreal and artificial. Body, theatrical props and cloud-covered skies balance his paintings to the same extend beautiful as repulsively cheesy. Martin Eder’s solo exhibition at London’s Newport Street Gallery is opening in October 2018.
Stella Hamberg's bronze sculptures combine durability with metamorphosis and wholly abstract elements with anthropomorphic to vegetal shapes. Her work goes beyond the traces of expressively gestural modelling: The seething dynamism of the material causes permanent metamorphosis to become the figures’ vital essence.
Ricarda Roggan shoots her conceptual series with a large format camera, making the smallest detail visible, though this extreme accuracy doesn’t yield any more information about her subjects themselves. In their restrained subject matter, her images remain hermetic and impenetrable.
Bosco Sodi's richly textured, vividly coloured paintings are made using a combination of chance elements and are the result of science-like experiments with various materials. Material exploration, creative gesture, and the spiritual connection between the artist and his work transcend conceptual barriers.
This presentation is complemented with corresponding works by Karl-Heinz Adler, Birgit Brenner, Tim Eitel, Uwe Kowski, Ryan Mosley, Olaf Nicolai, Ricarda Roggan and Bosco Sodi.
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