Opening on Saturday, 23th of February 2008 at 18.00 h, RISE Berlin is pleased to present the exhibition ‘Der Zauberlehrling’ ('The Sorcerer's Apprentice') a solo exhibition of paintings by the Irish artist Stephen Dunne.
The Sorcerer's Apprentice from Disney's Fantasia is perhaps Mickey Mouse's most famous and endearing movie role. It is a magical dark fable set to a hypnotic musical score by Paul Dukas. The film is an object lesson against starting something you cannot finish. The apprentice does not foresee the potential consequences of abusing a power he cannot control (the warning of Goethe's ballad is as relevant today as it ever was; think of Iraq, Afghanistan, nuclear armament, global warming, genetic engineering, etc.).
Dunne feels like he is the apprentice invoking the spirits of his own masters; Austin Osman Spare, Phillip Guston, JG Ballad, Compte de Lautrement and Thomas Pynchon, Dunne's new paintings are awash with metaphysical images, surgical nightmares, scientific occult systems and religious wreckage, all with a generous helping of the supernatural.
Employing a collision of zombified art techniques, automatic drawings and ink blots, the resulting images are brutal, violent, savage, even schizophrenic but also fragile, humorous and playful. We join Stephen Dunne on his transcendental journey, a never ending quest for answers: should he worship the dark or worship the light or are they simply the same thing? You decide.
Der Zauberlehrling, strange voodoo in all your favourite colours…
Stephen Dunne lives and works in London, the works shown are paintings in oil and ink.