Beginning 2 July 2011, Galerie koal presents an exhibition which was conceived and curated by gallery artists. Under the title “R.S.V.P.”, Ruth van Beek, Gregor Gleiwitz, Rebecca Michaelis, Thomas Rentmeister, Hannes Schmidt and Katharina Schücke have been invited to present their works in a group exhibition.
The exhibition project – initiated by Dennis Feddersen, Martin Flemming, Ingo Mittelstaedt, Katinka Pilscheur, and Arne Schreiber – is devoted entirely to a two-way process of exchange. By having one set of artists invite and exhibit artists whose works have sparked their interest, points of contact between individual positions are highlighted and become topics of discussion. Without prescribing any theoretically developed theme, the curating artists considered other artistic positions in order to sketch out a visual picture of their shared yet at the same time divergent conceptions. The result of this process was a list of artists whose works might reflect this confrontation in the form of an exhibition.
Thematically, the unifying aspect was an interest in an abstract formal idiom, one which seeks to come to terms with architecture, with the contexts of meaning that are immanent to materials, and with color. At the same time, the everyday aspect was integrated in a way that brings reality close, thereby doing justice to the phenomenological and concrete experiential value of the exhibition setting. The selection of invited artists, then, involves no imperative toward homogeneity; instead, the objective is a living system, a polyphonic debate, one that remains open and heterogeneous.