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COMPLEX RELATIONSHIPS

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Jens Heller \;&\; Megan Stroech

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OPENING: \;November 20\, 2014\, 6&ndash\;9pm

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Duration:& nbsp\;November 21\, 2014 &ndash\; January 17\, 2015

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Artist Talk | B agel Brunch: \;Dezember 14\, 2014\, 12am &ndash\; 4pm

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ROCKELMANN&\; is pleased to present &lsquo\;Complex Relationships &rsquo\;\, a duo exhibition showing the abstract relationship between the w orks of Jens Heller and Megan Stroech.

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The work of Jens Heller&rsqu o\;s photo-realistic paintings obviously contrast Megan Stroech&rsquo\;s te xtured arrangements. One is restricted to the flat\, framed surface of the canvas mounted classically on the wall. It is clear they have taken painsta king concentration and time to produce and show figurative images that we c an automatically relate to. The other has no defined edge and uses the wall itself\, sliding off into the gallery space and onto the floor. With only the occasional recognition of one or two elements\, the appear as random fo rmations of materials that have been discarded and lost their initial value .

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Yet despite these very clear differences\, they compliment each o ther. Stroech&rsquo\;s work is abstract in the obvious sense. Taking low-gr ade\, readily available materials that have their shapes obscured or transf ormed\, they are arranged into unfamiliar compositions. The everyday is arr anged to a point where we have no narrative\, no point of reference\, and t he works are then left to their own devices and become a relationship of co lour\, form and surface.

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Heller&rsquo\;s work has\, at first a clea r connection to us. Through his acute realism the painted surface describes the textures of the surfaces in what seems to be a real space. But from th en on we are lost in their absurdity. Who are these people or characters? W hat are their relationship with one another? What is the meaning in symboli sm that appears to dominate the images? They leave us lost and wandering in an abstract reality.

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&lsquo\;Together I feel that Jens Heller&rsqu o\;s work and my own make for an interesting dialogue on multiple levels. H eller&rsquo\;s paintings incorporate highly rendered visual texture\, using sheen and reflective surfaces\, allowing the viewer moments of pleasure an d intrigue. Concurrently\, in my work there is often a play between visual and actual texture where manipulating each material becomes very important. In each of our works\, shifts in scale can serve as a point of departure f or the viewer\, providing clues for a larger narrative. Odd pairings often produce a sense of humor or absurdity\; Heller&rsquo\;s with the use of toy characters and smiley face motifs and mine with collaging pool floats and brightly colored carpet. While our work is inherently different\, Heller an d I utilize many of the same visual strategies and elements of play\, creat ing seemingly simple\, but ultimately complex relationships for the viewer to investigate.&rsquo\;

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Megan Stroech\, 2014

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Join us for th e opening of &lsquo\;Complex Relationships&rsquo\; on Thursday 20th Novembe r from 6pm to 9pm. For more information please \;contact \;Lee n Horsford at \;leen@rockelmann-and.com.

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"Made in Ber lin"
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Alexander Krack\, Alisa Resnik\, Anna Meschiari\, Anke Schü\;ttler\, Anne Schwalbe\, Aras Gö\;kten\, Benny Golm\, Birgit K rause\, Cathleen Falckenhayn\, Chiara Dazi\, Chris Dreier\, Christian Reist er\, Clara Bahlsen\, Dagmar Kolatschny\, Dana Stö\;lzgen\, Daniella Ris ch\, Diane Vincent\, Dorothee Waldenmaier\, Elena Capra\, Eva Kinader\, Flo rian Reischauer\, Franziska Taffelt\, Hannah Goldstein\, Jenny Fitz\, Katar zyna Mazur\, Katrin Streicher\, Kathrin Tschirner\, Kevin Mertens\, Klara J ohanna Michel\, Maycec\, Melanie Feder\, Michael Hess\, Nadine Blanke\, Nor a Stroebel\, Odeta Catana\, Patricia Escriche\, Patrik Budenz\, Sander Mars man\, Sara-Lena Maierhofer\, Sarah Diekmann\, Sarah Walzer\, Sofia Bucci\, Stefan Wieland\, Susann Probst / Zimmer 117\, Ulrike Schmitz\, Werner Amann \, Wolfgang Bellwinkel\, Yana Wernicke
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48 berlin based photographers are showing their new books!
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