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Opernwerkstätten Berlin , Zinnowitzer Straße 9, 10115 Berlin, Germany
September 9, 2011 - September 11, 2011

Gallery Picks at PREVIEW Berlin
by Mara Goldwyn

Though by all accounts most everything occuring in Berlin's contemporary-art-autumn could be tagged as “emerging,” PREVIEW: The Emerging Art Fair takes it into their title—and to heart. Here are some galleries and artists to watch for:

(Image: Johannes Høie maler på messen i Hong Kong. Courtesy of the artist and Galleri Maria Veie, Oslo)

Galleri Maria Veie

Oslo, Norway

“Romantic Conceptualism?”

Galleri Maria Veie will highlight the work of four artists—Linn Pedersen, Christina Leithe, Ann Kristin Aas and Johannes Høie—as part of an ongoing project about the young Oslo scene.

Director Maria Veie Sandvik has been working on the idea of “Romantic Conceptualism.” According to Sandvik, “Romantic Conceptualism (also known as Conceptual Romanticism) is a strand of conceptual art which seeks to place emotion and a sense of 'the hand of the author' over the cold intellectualism of most conceptual art.” 

Among other things, the gallery is planning to mount a twenty-five meter-long silk painting from the roof of Tempelhof that will descend into their booth (number 28). The work was made freehand by Johannes Høie this spring in Hong Kong with Chinese ink.


(Image: Alexander Schumacher, Welcome to the Continuum, 2010, photo wallpaper, wood, c-print, dimensions variable, Les Chants de Maldoror, Stedefreund, Berlin (with Tamara Lorenz and Christof Zwiener)


Berlin, Germany

Alexandra Schumacher 

The German-born Alexandra Schumacher shows what happens when a mathematician becomes an artist. Theorems and postulates become flesh, everyday objects as well as abstract shapes show their numerical, geometrical base.

With Stedefreund at PREVIEW, Schumacher will present at least two works. The 2010 work Welcome to the Continuum, an installation that may become a screen print for the fair, is a “reflection” in photo wallpaper of a three-dimensional wooden sculpture. Mirror images, infinity and the nature of dimensions are in play.

The 2011 Carrier Grade--a telecommunications term that means a reliable system or component—brings together sculpture, video and photography to also “reflect” upon the complex mathematical underpinnings of the everyday mundane.


(Image: Nika Oblak and Primoz Novak, Sisyphus Actions, 2011, 67 x 58 x 162 cm, pneumatic video installation. Courtesy of the artists and Alkatraz Galerija, Ljublijana)

Alkatraz Galerija

Ljubljana, Slovenia

This year at Preview, the Ljubljana-based Alkatraz Galerija takes on the concept of reality. They will “present the images of the world without one starting point or an absolute universal answer.” They claim that the “modernistic order in which all elements show themselves in a predetermined sequence with a clearly marked beginning and end is no longer valid.”

Works will include a “pneumatic installation” entitled Sisyphus Actions by Nika Oblak and Primoz Novak, that depicts the monotony of repetitious actions, commenting upon a bleak contemporary lifestyle in which people work progressively more and more in order to shop more and more.

Photography and light boxes by Damijan Kracina and Tomaz Tomazin, respectively, challenge established ideas of subjectivity and objectivity.

--Mara Goldwyn

Posted by Mara Goldwyn on 9/4/11

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