- About the exhibition
- Artists of the exhibition
All-round artist Jim Avignon is internationally renowned as a painter, musician, performance-artist and writer. His naive cartoon style is deceiving - with a touch of irony he questions our capitalistic globalised world. His fast and low priced mass production sabotages the strategies of the art market and disapproves of financial speculation. Although Avignon is long since considered an iconic figure in the Berlin art- and music scene he still manages to cross the boundaries of mainstream and underground.
The large-format paintings by Andrea Bender who studied in Duesseldorf by Joerg Immendorff and Dieter Krieg draw us with much sarcasm and irony into the abyss of civil society. Glamorous baroque settings are filled with strangely androgynous and distorted creatures which indicate that the idyll and beauty of the splendid surroundings might be deceiving.
Anke Eilergerhard masters the art of seduction. From silicone she creates cake-like sculptures which bewitch our senses with their voluptuous shapes and creamy surfaces. With her baroque KITCHENPLASTICS the Berlin-based artist questions clichés on femininity and occupies an unique artistic position.
Henning von Gierke
For many years now, renowned Munich-based artist Henning von Gierke has been fascinating his public with his realistic style of painting. In his works, the artist questions human existence in the context of nature, religion and philosophy. Besides classical themes from Greek mythology and religious imagery, von Gierke also paints portraits, still-lives and domestic themes within his extensive artistic oeuvre. Beyond creating astonishing pictures on canvas, he is also well known as a stage-designer and director worldwide. For his creative impact in the film industry, he received two of the most acclaimed film awards in Germany - the German Movie Award in Gold and the Silver Bear at the Berlinale.
Medardus developes his painting cycles by searching for clues in the past. For his oil paintings the artist combines motives of historical paintings or photographs with his own picture imaginations and creatures as well as with contemporary topics such as technology or aerospace. Medardus creates ambivalent, strange visual spaces, in which humans, animals and machines merge to timeless views. The artist lives and works in Switzerland.
Roman Klonek is known to be of the leading artists in the German graphic arts scene. As a student he worked on his first wood cut and can't get off it ever since. His humorous prints depict colourful, imaginary landscapes filled with bizarre characters. Exotic letterings all over the image arouse even more questions instead of helping us to decipher the unusual scenes. By now Klonek has created his very own fancyful cosmos of odd creatures all being inspired by the Eastern European cartoons of his childhood.
The magical compositions by the Russian painter Slava Seidel visualize a world shifting between truth and illusion. Her sepia-ink drawings depict surreal scenes in stupendous architectural settings which create a feeling of tension, vertigo and dynamic. The artist masters to depict even the most complex architectural structures in contortion - despite the challenging ink-technique which does not allow any later corrections. Seidel’s technical precision is just as remarkable as her imaginary gift which takes us to unknown, fantastic realities.
Jorge Villalba’s intriguing hyperrealism and the exquisite perfection of technique constitute only the very first phase of aesthetic admiration of his art. Soon the focus is shifting to his ingenious modern interpretation of traditional mythological and biblical topics which demand deeper contemplation. By creating new prototypes the Spanish painter manages to reinvent the classic stories of art history. His art remains universal as it poses the eternal questions of life and humanity.
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.