'Poems are like sentences that have taken their clothes off.' Marlene Dumas' poetic and sensual refrain accompanies her figurative watercolours on view in Possibilities for a Non-Alienated Life, the fourth edition of the Kochi-Muziris Biennale (KMB) in the southern state of Kerala, India (12 December 2018–29 March 2019).Dumas' new series...
The paintings of Ellen Altfest are ethereal in their detail. Fields of minutiae come together as pulsating images; small brushstrokes of oil paint accumulate over a series of months to single out seemingly innocuous subjects, such as a hand resting atop patterned fabric (The Hand, 2011) or a deep green cactus reaching upwards from beneath a bed of...
On the rooftop of the former Rio Hotel complex in Colombo, it was hard to ignore the high-rise buildings, still under construction, blocking all but a sliver of what used to be an open view over Slave Island, once an island on Beira Lake that housed slaves in the 19th century, and now a downtown suburb. The hotel was set alight during the...
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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