- About the exhibition
- Artists of the exhibition
Ralf Schmerberg’s artistic practice explores the boundaries of society, continuously expanding and redefining them. Looking closely at those around him, his photographs enter the various layers of humanitas to conjure up new emotional spaces. Schmerberg acts on impulse, rejecting the idea of staged or carefully constructed compositions in favour of intuitive moments that are given form in an image. A searcher by nature, Schmerberg uses art as a tool to pursue his spiritual quest. This perpetual process of seeking and finding is ultimately what he documents in his works.
Eike König is a ’world renowned graphic designer‘ and founder & creative director of Berlin-based creative collective HORT. Eike’s artistic work is celebrated for it's conceptual, emotional, visual - sometimes playful, but always deliberate approach. Eike is also a professor at the University of Arts, HfG Offenbach.
Moto Waganari creates transparent network-sculptures which outline a delicate body frame. By illuminating his sculptures the artists multiplies his three dimensional objects by a two dimensional shadow revealing the immaterial alter ego of every figure. His characters seem to visualize a surreal, parallel world filled with surprise and enigma. Moto Waganari’s sculptures seduce the spectator with their appealing beauty and sophisticated weightlessness.
Since the 60s, Roland Helmer develops his constructive and concrete work with the utmost consequence. His abstract-geometric early work shows clear forms, quiet areas and is limited to a maximum of 7 or 8 bright colors. The variety of shapes is reduced in later work on narrow and wide lines in a vertical and horizontal screen layout. The color palette expands on certain issues by blends and underpainting with white and black. In painting concrete and constructive, he is one of those designers who bring a personal picture as part of an imaging system.
„I always think in layers. The layers induce parallel and perpendicular images, which move in both space and time, and characterized by a repeating rhythm. In my sculptures and images, the visual image, movement, or geometry of light is always created between two such layers at a given distance from one other. I incorporate handcraft, as well as industrial and digital technologies in my work. I combine these to evoke the delicate contrasts that helps me expose a given problem. I am mostly interested in monochromatic plane-forms and, lately, in color transitions. I create upscaled lenticular lenses out of glass rods by cutting, polishing and glueing. These big lenses gave me the opportunity to get multiple phases of the same image just like an animation. The image is moving and changing with the viewers moves and not only to two directions. If you stand front of the image and steps closer and closer you will see more and more colors as the focus of the lens is changing. I used squares and rectangles to visualize the pixels of a screen with vivid colors. I also played with the 'resolution' of the pixels to get the composition. The colors next to each other generates optically mixed colors like in pointillism.”
György Gáspár's work can be associated with deconstructive architecture. Fragments of sculptural forms are recognizable, reminiscent of a mathematical system. In a certain way, the organic network of precise geometric lines and elements inside the glass seems to expand. Deep psychic experiences become possible. In a complicated process, the artist layers differently painted transparent glass panes on top of each other, thus creating his glass sculptures. The classical character of the glass, its brilliance and its imposing appearance play less of a role here. His focus on deconstruction is apparent in the strong contrast between the outer form and the inner system. Gáspár not only overcomes traditional sculptural principles by focusing on architectural disciplines, but also explores the border between image and sculpture.
Jœrg Heitsch studied free painting at the Art Institute of Chicago as well as with Jörg Immendorf and Helmut Sturm at the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich. His artistic work moves between Minimalism, Concrete Art and Op-Art. In 1993, during a stay in San Francisco, he developed the ongoing project "Opening Worlds", which deals with the history of evolution on Earth at the interface of science and art. In 1994, Jörg Heitsch founded the KUNSTNETZWERK Galerie für internationale zeitgenössische Kunst at Gärtnerplatz in Munich, which today continues as the Heitsch Gallery. His work as a gallery owner has always been characterized by his content-related and formal engagement as an artist. Jörg Heitsch has developed and implemented numerous cultural concepts at the interface of art, communication and market.
Angela Glajcar's paper sculptures mostly hang, floating in the air. They seem light and delicate, however they show a strong sculptural presence. Terforation is the title of Angela Glajcar's cubic pieces. The staggered arrangement of the vertically hung series of sheets of white paper, with torn edges, produces cave-like recessions. These extend into the depth of the sculpture. The sharp ridges and deep caverns evoke associations with glacial or rock formations while light and shadow fall on the surface of the sheets, enlivening the interior of the oblong structure. The viewer is led into fascinating rooms of harmony and silence.
Dirk Salz works on paintings whose most striking feature is their high-gloss surfaces. These are the result of the use of multi-layered epoxy resins coated with pigments and the sealing with polyurethane varnish. The images of Dirk Salz always aim at the experience of the temporality of the seeing. They demand an active viewer, who takes the time to move back and forth, back and forth, before the initially closing works, in order to open up their complexity so slowly. Reflection in this work is thus in two forms in the game: optically as the mirroring property of the picture surfaces, as a reflection-aesthetic as the reflection of the viewer on his own visual experience.
Antonio Marra’s abstract works remain truly fascinating due to their surprising change of form and colour. Each of his multi-perspective paintings contains several more pictures which reveal themselves by circling around the canvas. Step by step the spectator is drawn into a vivid and dynamic kaleidoscope of shape and colour. Marra’s art is a surprising experience of unique visual and dimensional effects. This painter has come to his very own style reflecting and redefining the techniques of Op-art and Orphism.