ArtSlant - Recently added en-us 40 Gerd Rohling - Contemporary Fine Arts - February 13th - March 14th Wed, 28 Jan 2015 10:32:52 +0000 Group Show - Aanant & Zoo - February 21st - April 11th Wed, 28 Jan 2015 10:30:32 +0000 Danny McDonald - Galerie Isabella Bortolozzi - February 24th - April 2nd Wed, 28 Jan 2015 10:24:29 +0000 Marie Rief - Bourouina Gallery - January 31st - February 28th <p>Bourouina Gallery is thrilled to present the very first solo exhibition by young German artist Marie Rief.</p> <p>The light goes through the transparent paper - and the drawing on it -, the glass and the tape... When it reaches the photosensitive surface, the trace of the different materials appears to form a dark and uneven space. The process by which the works of Marie Rief is ruled does not appear at first glance. Their composition is mysterious: the photographic process is visible, but only a questioning of that first perception reveals the primary drawing. On a background composed of fuzzy and undefined elements, the magnets and the folds leave white and sharp prints; the light is dimly diffused without modelling any specific object. The drawing and its intensity marks were "flattened" in the laboratory, but the general atmosphere of the work is given by this original drawing: a space is created in which both artificial and natural light are equivalent. This shapeless space intrigues and leads thought to the origins of photography: the transformation of shadow into light.

</p> <p>The apparent contrast between the intense personal work induced by the drawing and the systematic nature of photography lays the foundation for a new interpretation of space and object. Marie Rief does not show her drawings but their photographic transfer, and she creates so a space that neither of these techniques alone might suggest. She reflects on the perception and the difference between drawing and photography, in order to expand the conceptual space of her work. By incorporating the "errors" occurred in darkness, she wants to appropriate an unknown territory, where knowledge disappears faced with the unexpected and the imperfect.</p> <p>Marie Rief was born in Berlin in 1987; from 2008 to the completion of studies as a master student in 2014, she worked in the class of Pia Fries, briefly with Gregory Cumins. 2015, she received the <em>Regina Pistor price</em> and got nominated for the <em>Prot&eacute;g&eacute; Award</em> of the President of the UDK (Art University, Berlin).</p> Tue, 27 Jan 2015 15:44:46 +0000 Tobias Zielony - KOW - December 6th, 2014 - February 14th <div class="text title en_GB contentLanguage">One Year of Filmmakers</div> <div class="text content_intro en_GB contentLanguage">KOW's program 2015</div> <div class="contentLanguage justified text en_GB"> <div><br />In 2015, KOW&rsquo;s programming will be dedicated to seven filmmakers. It is hardly a secret that the medium of film has come to play a central role on the contemporary art stage; over the past decades, it has been instrumental to opening up new perspectives, methods, and subjects for the visual arts. By interweaving documentation and a probing imagination, discourse and suggestion, reality check and dream factory, the moving image has become indispensable to art as a whole.<br /><br />Many artists have adopted filmmaking as one practice fully on a par with others. In some instances it complements other techniques&mdash;see Tobias Zielony&rsquo;s work in film as well as photography&mdash;while in others it is framed by sculptures and installations, as in the work of Hito Steyerl and Clemens von Wedemeyer, or subject to reflection in more intimate formats, as in Barbara Hammer&rsquo;s drawings and collages. In the oeuvres of Chto Delat?, Renzo Martens, and Mario Pfeifer, it figures as one component of a larger conceptual or performative project. What we will present in 2015 is not a film program: we want to highlight these entanglements of the medium and draw attention to the methodological diversity that filmmakers bring to contemporary art. Hito Steyerl, Renzo Martens and Chto Delat? will have their first monographic exhibition in a German gallery. &nbsp;&nbsp;</div> </div> <p>- See more at:</p> Mon, 26 Jan 2015 14:31:50 +0000 Gerhard Richter - galerie son - January 10th - February 7th Thu, 22 Jan 2015 17:34:44 +0000 Michael Bach - Heinz-Martin Weigand Gallery - January 23rd - April 25th <p>At the end of the 1980s, the international world of art was introduced to the works of Michael Bach by the exhibition &ldquo;Landschaften/Landscapes&rdquo; at Kunstverein f&uuml;r die Rheinlande und Westfalen in D&uuml;sseldorf. In this exhibition, Raimund Stecker explored the present and the future of the traditional landscape subject and invited Michael Bach, Andreas Gursky, Axel H&uuml;tte, Michael van Ofen and Andreas Sch&ouml;n to present their take on new points of view.</p> <p>&nbsp;From the End of January to the end of April 2015, the Heinz-Martin Weigand Gallery presents works by Michael Bach from the last 3 decades.</p> <p>Michael Bach&rsquo;s works feature views of cities, houses and groups of buildings and presents insights into train stations and building sites. Taking photographed images as their basis, the views take on the appearance of model cities during the painting process. Using seemingly realistic paintings, whose preformed point of departure is a technical view arrived at with the help of photographs, Bach creates new aesthetic structures, which are turned into ideal landscapes.</p> <p>&nbsp;Neither documentary depiction, as in architectural painting, nor hyperrealism are of any interest to the artist. Photographs function solely as sketches. The paintings give rise to new and self-composed objects, which render the seeming realism inanimate. Any details which Bach considers unworthy are condensed afresh in the painting. People and life itself are now only present in the shape of the constructed architecture, which is in this way turned into a relic.&nbsp;</p> <p>By using predominantly muted colours and reducing colourfulness Bach creates an otherworldly atmosphere. This is how Hans-Ulrich Obrist put it when he compared Bach&rsquo;s paintings with the theatre stage of Paul Delvaux. In his paintings, smooth surfaces appear rigorous and anonymous. Michael Bach is concerned with the painterly aspects and the contemporary conditions and potential&nbsp; of the medium of painting.</p> <p>Bach constructs urban life with its apparent obviousness in an expressive, painterly fashion. In this way, the distance to the objects is not spatial but atmospheric, arrived at using the means of painting.</p> <p>The traditional urban space is questioned or even presented in an exaggerated way, public space is accentuated. The newly created views are turned into stage backdrops, emitting a stable turmoil.</p> <p>Martin Hentschel spoke of a world without noise which functions akin to a world which has been taken out of service.</p> <p>&nbsp;Michael Bach was born in Sehma in the Erz Mountains in 1953. He studied at Kunstakademie D&uuml;sseldorf from 1975 to 1983; 1975-79 with Norbert Tadeusz at the M&uuml;nster department, 1979-83 with Gerhard Richter. He was a Meistersch&uuml;ler of Gerhard Richter. Bach lives and works in D&uuml;sseldorf.</p> <p>For more information please visit my website: <a href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"></a></p> Thu, 22 Jan 2015 11:37:08 +0000