press release

Observation, self-observation, introspection – these are the paradigmatic starting points of the works of art that are presented in this loosely interlinked group-exhibition. The artists trace their individual psychological existential orientation, never reluctant to turn their perspective inwards and to expose their emotional perceptions. The impressions gained from this sensitive introspection take material shape in the definite form of the works of art. Martin Staedeli’s papier-maché-sculptures and Hans-Christian Dany’s drawings consequently reflect their own genesis, both artists stage their creating process as an often irritating, intricate meta-narrative that shines through the material surface of their works of art. The dialectic of productive decomposition and complex proliferation award their work an intrinsically personal signature. The programmatic absurdity of Marcus Weber’s paintings testifies an authentic persiflage of humanity that abstains from any idealization. Weber casts a sceptical eye on his fellow citizens, his brush-stroke displays what the human eye is reluctant to perceive – his art functions as a means of recognization that breaks down every inhibition. Dani Jakob’s geometrical compositions seem to render homage to classical sublimated abstractions with their utopian ideal realising itself through a variety of pointed angles. This first idyllic impression though is subtely refracted when an evaporated salina reveals itself as the image carrier. Bernhard Johannes Blume’s visual drawings address as fomenting appeals not only the eye of the beholder but turn against the artist himself, challenging him to pursue a never ending self-improvement. The Poker-Drawings by the Norwegian artist Torgeir Husevaag display the artist’s attempt to recapture the images of the mere tactics of a virtual game of poker. His drawings celebrate through keen observation of the opponents and continual feedback on the artist’s own mimetic self-control – twitching eyebrows or beads trickling down the hair line – visually abstract short-circuits. Kerstin Kartscher’s recent creations consist of multipartite installations that take refuge in secure dwellings reminiscent of tents – sprawling, deserted room-in-room-situations that lure the beholder to seek imaginary, temporary shelter from the mental odyssey.

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Schutz und Scham

mit Bernhard Blume, Hans-Christian Dany, Torgeir Husevaag, Dani Jakob , Kerstin Kartscher, Hege Nyborg, Anna Parkina, Gunter Reski, Dennis Scholl, Martin Städeli, Marcus Weber