mianki.Gallery shows in the group exhibition gleich – anders #02 insights and views into the work of the artists. Based on unusual materials investigate the artists in this exhibition the space and will be using hot glue, concrete, sewing thread, leaves, scent molecules, light i.a. to change the perception of enclosed space.
The artists represented by mianki.Gallery cannot easily be categorized. And how could one do so, bearing in mind that it is their innovative energy that characterizes them! As a consequence, the gallery program is continuously moving ahead.
And yet, what unites the different artists is their approach to space. Reaching out of the frame, drifting off the wall, drawing into the space. Courting light, trapping it, throwing illusions into the showroom.”
The artists’ choice of special materials supports their staging of space. It allows for an unusual play with space through reflection. The artists are less interested in celebrating their extraordinary working materials. They take them for granted. But the use of materials such as glue, concrete, silk, leaves, scent molecules, light or porcelain enables the beholder to perceive the enclosed space or the object in sight in a unique way.
Our artists condense unusual materials on surfaces. In doing so, they often employ traditional techniques: painting, drawing, sculpture, photography.
However, the techniques are applied in a contemporary fashion: drawing becomes three-dimensional; the glove seemingly thrown about is really a carefully wrought ceramic sculpture; the piece of cloth on which an object is painted, turns out to be itself a painting; the photo is more precisely a painting, though using light instead of paint.
Illusion and reflection. The artists entice. Maybe because they combine traditional techniques with unusual materials. They guide the beholder’s view to the depths and the complexity of their work. In this process looking turns into feeling. The work becomes accessible through emotions.
Silke Katharina Hahn's approach: the change of material by heat. Her favourite material: hot glue and wax. The character: reduced, concentrated and reflective.
The work by HALFA (1950 – 2006) embodies eight creative phases that partially overlap, but also develop from the previous. These phases include amongst others the roller and moiré paintings, the scenogram, sceno mades and camera works. HALFA follows no style – he follows an attitude.
Tina Heuter concentrates on moods, expressions and situations, yet without getting lost in detail. These sentiments are by no means in your face, however, or even striking. Due to the rough surface, which denotes a skilful combination of facial expressions, gestures and posture, Tina Heuter succeeds in telling stories through her sculptures.
Claudia Kallscheuer has an unusual way of expressing art - writing and drawing using the sewing machine, embroidery and sewing and sometimes just leaving threads hanging. Highlighting little things as valuable, things we mostly no longer appreciate. Claudia Kallscheuer transports the seemingly inconsequential, processual, repetitive, linked with calculated chaotic thread.
He is a photo painter in the best, traditional sense: in his photo paintings Jakob Kupfer creates compact works of art out of diffuse colour and light reflections. Kupfer does not merely depict things; rather, he lets the light itself live out its creative streak.
Christophe Laudamiels scent artworks are created in his studios in Berlin and New York. He use the memories and thoughts of the viewers, or more precisely the “smellers”, to explore the concept of imaginary image reconstruction in a most unusual way.
Anna Matola has found a particularly unique form of expression for her impressive creative potential: she sculpts with clay, ceramic, porcelain. Anna Matola is interested in people, their diversity, their faces and their characters that are found in different places in everyday life.
Presence and absence, the interplay between the visible and the invisible as well as the contrast between the interior and exterior, all play an important role in her work. She bases her work on the horizontal and vertical dimensions of the human body, both vectors, which outline the presence of a body in a space and already begin to describe it. In doing so, the fictional body functions as a void. The material used objectifies it and its movement in a space.
Katharina Schnitzler confronts us with perception and our accepted realities. She creates worlds of images which subjectively meet people’s needs for solutions. In her work she layers countless textures, coats of paint, drawings and words. Paintings and drawings emerge – installed, poetic, deep, witty and closely interwoven, and therefore both brutal and beautiful!
Schuster exhibits works are made from fragile dried, pressed leaves. He cuts these out and applies them to paper or positions them in the room. Photographs, mostly snapshots originating from his private family album, serve as samples and his starting point.
Constanze Vogt’s objects are material transformations. Her artistic process is a reflex of her medium. Through concentrated, lengthy and monotonous working processes, phenomena of transition become visible.
gleich – anders #02 (same – different)
artists represented by the gallery
drawings, paintings, objects, sculpture, cut outs, photo paintings
Exhibition from July 15th to September 3rd 2016