At the beginning of the new year, the group show Present Tense Future Perfect unites gallery artists with new positions and provides a multifaceted preview of future exhibitions.
FELDBUSCHWIESNER Gallery is pleased to welcome Clare Strand, GL Brierley, Anahita Razmi and Kay Walkowiak in the exhibition program of 2013-14. Furthermore, we give an enticing glimpse of the current work of Christoph Brech, Thorsten Brinkmann, Daniele Buetti, Romeo Grünfelder, Jenny Michel, Friederike von Rauch, Lars Teichmann and Att Poomtangon.
Clare Strand (*1973, Surrey, UK) explores various photographic genres from Victorian portraiture to crime scene and forensic photography. She exposes the placid veneer of ordinary life, while simultaneously rearranging photographic history. Such as in the Gone Astray Portraits series (2002-2003), which combines the studio settings of nineteenth century portraits with washed-up protagonists showing traces of disarray and physical harm. With great delicacy and macabre beauty, she fuses fashion photography, surrealism and film noir in her Exquisite Corpse works (2011). Influenced by the Nelson and Bayliss' book on the Elizabeth Short murder of 1947, also known as the The Black Dahlia case, the project brings together two major inspirations for Strand's, crime photography and Surrealism. The publication presents the theory that Elizabeth Short's murder may have been informed by surrealist art and ideas.
Clare Strand gained an MA in Fine Art Photography from the Royal College of Art, London (1998). She most recently featured in Signs of Struggle: Photography in the Wake of Postmodernism at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London (2012). Additionally, her works have been exhibited in various solo shows, including Brancolini Grimaldi Gallery, London (2011), Museum Folkwang, Essen (2009) and Fotografins Hus, Stockholm (2008), as well as the group shows Present Volume at Deutsche Bank, Berlin (2008) and How We Are, Tate Britain, London (2007). The artist lives and works in London.
In her oil paintings GL Brierley (*1965, UK) evolves surreal organic objects and achieves a unique fleshy quality with the paint. It appears almost alive as it congeals, wrinkles and alchemically reacts. Motifs such as lace, fur, icing-sugar and wooden furniture inlay become part of her multilayered compositions. Out of the live organic paint emerge figures that float liminally between abstract and figuration, seduction and repulsion, the comic and the grotesque.
The artist gained an MA in Fine Arts from the Royal College of Art, London, and subsequently completed her M.FA. at Goldsmiths College, London, in 2007. Her paintings have been exhibited in several solo exhibitions, amongst others at Carslaw St* Lukes, London (2012) and Natalia Goldin Gallery, Stockholm, Sweden (2008), as well as being included in the group shows Wonderful – Humboldt, Krokodil, Polke at M.E. Collectors Room, Berlin (2012), Villa Jauss, Oberstdorf, Germany (2012), La Maison Rouge, Paris (2011), and Whitechapel Gallery, London (2004). Her works are featured in prestigious collections, such as the Collection of Damien Hirst, London, Olbricht Collection, Düsseldorf, and Reydan Weiss, Germany. The artist lives and works in London.
The practice of Anahita Razmi (*1981, Hamburg) oscillates between video and performance art as well as the contemporary situation in Iran and her position as an outsider, being born in Germany as the daughter of an Iranian father and a German mother. Her performative video works often utilise appropriation as an
artistic means and achieve their impact through associations, rather than explicite political gestures. An impressive example of this intense and atmospheric layering of narratives is White Wall Tehran (2007): revolutionary soldiers in Tehran confiscated her camera and erased her video footage by filming a white wall in their head quarter, leaving nothing but fragmentary noises and the empty space as a projection surface for our fears. By reenacting iconic Hollywood gangsters in her video work Robberies (2009) she addresses our memory and activates the viewer as a recipient and producer of images alike.
After graduating in Media Arts at the Bauhaus-Universität in Weimar, Anahita Razmi completed her postgraduate studies in Fine Arts at the Akademie für Bildende Künste Stuttgart in the class of Christian Jankowski in 2009. Her works have been exhibited internationally in various group shows, amongst others, at the Whitechapel Gallery, London (2008), Carbon12, Dubai (2011), Frieze Art Fair, London (2011), Bucharest Biennale (2012), and the Salsali Private Museum, Dubai (2012). Her solo shows include presentations at Kunstmuseum Stuttgart (2012), Kunstverein Friedrichshafen (2011) and Kunstverein Hannover (2013). She received several prestigious awards and scholarships, including the MAK-Schindler Scholarship, Los Angeles (2012) and the Emdash Award of the Frieze Foundation (2011). The artist lives and works in Stuttgart.
Kay Walkowiak‘s (*1980, Salzburg) sculptural and photographic works stage everyday objects in absurd choreographies, exploring the mechanics of form, and challenging the viewer to act upon their ambiguous invitations. Installations such as Mise en scéne (2009) – consisting of coloured racks and wigs – remind of magical fetish objects, yet appear to exist in a timeless sphere. Trousers (2010-2012), a series of installations together with the series of photographs, The Mechanics of Form (2012), give tracksuit bottoms and paper dragons a new context, in which their formal qualities constitute the work. The associative qualities of these forms and the mental space which they yield, lead to a complex relationship between the object and viewer. Unable to comprehend the imaginary performances, we irrevocably become a part of their ambiguous scenarios.
Kay Walkowiak completed his studies in Philosophy, Psychology and Fine Arts arts at the Universität of Vienna and the Akademie der Bildenden Künste in 2008, and graduated from the Universität für Angewandte Kunst in Vienna in the class of Erwin Wurm in 2010. He received various awards and scholarships, including the Auslandsatelierstipendium des Landes Salzburg, Varanasi, India (2013) and Heinrich und Anni Sussmann scholarschip (2011). His works have been presented in several solo shows, including The Mechanics of Form at Kunstpavillon, Innsbruck (2012) and Rectangles at The Lust Gallery, Vienna (2012). Amongst his group shows are Kann es Liebe sein? at Grimmuseum, Berlin (2012), as well as Jeune Création Européenne Biennal in Pécs, Salzburg and Hamburg (2012), Lark/Plunge at Atelierhof Kreuzberg, Berlin (2011) and a presentation at the Jean Nouvel Tower, Vienna (2010). The artist lives and works in Vienna.
Christoph Brech (*1964, Schweinfurt) studied Fine Arts from 1989 to 1995 at the Akademie der Bildenden Künste München in the class of Franz Bernhard Weißhaar. From 1997 to 2000 he worked as an assistant at the Akademie der Künste in München, followed by a variety of teaching positions, for example at the Université du Québec Montréal (UQAM), and the Università Gregoriana in Rome (2010). Brech’s works are represented in renowned collections, such as the Kunstsammlung des Bundes, and the Ingvild Goetz Collection in Munich. In 2006 he was a scholarship holder at the Deutsche Akademie Villa Massimo in Rome and was also awarded the Will-Grohmann-Preis by the Berliner Akademie der Künste. His works have been presented in a number of solo exhibitions including the Kunst-Raum des Deutschen Bundestages, Berlin (2012), Villa Stuck, Munich (2010), Goethe Institute Taipei, Taiwan (2009) and Stadtmuseum München (2008). He has also participated in group exhibitions in the Museo Nacional Centro del Arte Reina Sofia in Madrid (2007), the Museum für Moderne Kunst Frankfurt/Main (2008), and Moscow House of Photography (2009). His works are part of renowned collections such as the Kunstsammlung des Bundes, the Ingvild Goetz Collection in Munich and the Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt am Main. The artist lives and works in Munich, Germany.
Thorsten Brinkmann (*1971, Herne) studied at the Kunsthochschule Kassel in the class of Floris M. Neusüss and at the University of Fine Arts Hamburg in the class of Bernhard J. Blume. In 2011, Brinkmann was honoured with the Kunstpreis Finkenwerder and received an artist residency in the Warhol Museum Pittsburgh, USA and in the Parramatta Artist Studios in Sydney, Australia. His works are represented in renowned collections such as the Museum der Moderne, Salzburg, the Fotomuseum Winterthur, the Kunsthalle zu Kiel and the Falckenberg Collection, Hamburg, and have been exhibited in numerous exhibitions in Germany and abroad, most recently in the Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, USA (group show, 2012), in Kunsthaus Hamburg (solo show, 2011), in the Kunsthalle zu Kiel (solo show, 2011), in Museum Morsbroich, Leverkusen (group show, 2011), and in Georg-Kolbe-Museum in Berlin (solo show, 2010). Most recently his works have been presented in a solo show at gallery FELDBUSCHWIESNER, (2012), the solo exhibition Amanecer in Museo Nacional de San Carlos in Mexico City (2012) as well as in the group exhibitions Alice in the Wonderland of Art in Hamburger Kunsthalle (2012) and Facade 2012 – Public Art Projects in Middelburg in the Netherlands (2012). An additional solo show is coming up this year at Kunsthalle Bremerhaven. The artist lives and works in Hamburg.
Since 2004 Daniele Buetti (*1955, Fribourg, Switzerland) has been professor of photography at the Kunstakademie in Münster. The artist lives and works in Zurich, Switzerland.
He is represented in prestigous collections such as DaimlerChrysler Collection, Berlin, la Maison Européene de la Photographie, Paris, Migros Museum of Contemporary Art, Zurich, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid, Thyssen-Bornemisza Contemporary Art Foundation, Salzburg, ZKM, Karlsruhe, to name just a few. His works have been exhibited worldwide in numerous museums and galleries, including the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid (1999), Haus der Kunst, München (1995), Kunsthalle zu Kiel (1999), Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Zürich (2007), Swiss Institute for Contemporary Art, New York (2008, solo show), Kunsthalle Würth (2012), Kerstin Engholm Gallery, Vienna (2012) and Fotomuseum Winterthur (2012). A solo show will be presented this year at Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt am Main (2013).
Romeo Grünfelder (* 1968, Mutlangen) studied Visual Communication at the Hochschule für Bildende Künste, Hamburg under Bernhard Johannes Blume and Hans Joachim Lenger. He received numerous scholarships and honors: Among other things, the Villa Aurora-Scholarship Los Angeles (2005), scholarships from the Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes (1998, 2002) and the Arbeitsstipendium of the City of Hamburg (2008). His works have been shown at international film and media festivals, and were exhibited in various museums and art spaces, such as Vejle Museum of Art in Vejle, Denmark (2007), Hamburger Kunsthalle (2007), the Kunstverein Düsseldorf (2007, 2000), FELDBUSCHWIESNER Gallery (2010), the Museum Folkwang, Essen (2010), kunstraum 27, Berlin (2012), KuK, Monschau (2012) and K3 International Short Film Festival, Udine, Italy / Ljubljana, Slovenia / Villach, Austria (2012). His publications include Horror Vacui (2011), an anthology for his film Naissance d’un Objet, with essays by Peter Geimer, David Hume and others.
Jenny Michel (*1975, Worms) initially studied Communication Design in the faculty of Graphic Design followed by Fine Art in the classes of Prof. Bjørn Melhus, Prof. Ursula Panhans-Bühler and Prof. Norbert Rademacher at the Kunsthochschule Kassel. She completed her postgraduate studies at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna. She has already received numerous awards and scholarships for example a scholarship awarded by the German National Academic Foundation (2003-2005), the Else-Heiliger-Fonds scholarship awarded by the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (2008) and the HAP-Grieshaber Prize awarded by VG Bild-Kunst (2010) for outstanding artistic work. Her works have already been presented in several solo exhibitions including Gallery Gillian Morris in Berlin (2008) and FELDBUSCHWIESNER Gallery, Berlin (2011), as well as the group shows Privacy, Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt/Main (2012), Chaos! Komplexität in Kunst und Wissenschaft, ERES Stiftung, Munich (2012). This year, her works will be on view at KAI10 Raum für Kunst/Arthena Foundation, Düsseldorf (2013). The artist lives and works in Berlin.
Att Poomtangon (*1973, Bangkok, Thailand) completed his studies in art, specialising in sculpture, at the University of Chiangmai, Thailand, in 1999. He continued his studies at the Städelschule in Frankfurt a. M. in 2004, graduating as a Masters student from the class of Tobias Rehberger. The artist lives and works in Frankfurt and Chiang Mai.Following numerous exhibitions in Thailand, he had his first solo exhibition in Germany in 2008, at the Nassauische Kunstverein Wiesbaden. This was followed by further solo exhibitions at the Portikus in Frankfurt a.M. (2009) and at FELDBUSCHWIESNER Gallery (2009 and 2012), as well as group exhibitions at the Venice Biennale (2009), the Festival des Beaux Arts/ Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich and the Bangkok Art and Culture Centre/ Goethe-Institute Bangkok, Thailand (2010). Most recently he exhibited his works in a group exhibition at Den Frie Centre of Contemporary Art, Copenhagen (2012) and Kunstverein Oldenburg (2012). Att Poomtangon has received various awards and scholarships including the DAAD Prize for Outstanding International Artists (2006), the prize of the Frankfurter Verein für Künstlerhilfe and the studio scholarship NY/ USA awarded by the Hessische Kulturstiftung (2010).
Lars Teichmann (*1980, Burgstädt) studied painting at the Berlin University of the Arts (UdK) in the classes of Wolfgang Petrick and Daniel Richter and graduated with a Masters degree from the class of Valérie Favre in 2008. Among the scholarships and prizes awarded to the artist, who participated in the 54th Venice Biennale in 2011, are the Arbeitsstipendium Bildende Kunst des Landes Berlin (2010) and the Premio Internazionale Gruppo Euromobil under 30 der Artefiera, Bologna (2009). His works are represented in renowned collections such as the collection of the Berlinische Galerie (State Museum of Modern Art, Photography & Architecture), Berlin, the Collezione Euromobil di Falzè di Piave, Italy, the SØR Rusche Sammlung, Berlin and the Collection Hugo and Carla Brown, London/The Hague. His most recent exhibitions include solo shows at FELDBUSCHWIESNER Gallery (2012) as well as Kulturzentrum Marstall, Ahrensburg (2012) and Deah Orh Gallery, Prague (2012). The artist lives and works in Berlin.
Following her training as a silversmith Friederike von Rauch (*1967, Freiburg) studied Industrial Design at the Universität der Künste, Berlin. She was awarded with work scholarships by the Hafnarborg Museum, Iceland (2010), the Baer Art Center, Iceland (2008), the Gabriele Münter Prize (2010) and the Vlaams-Nederlands Huis deBuren institutes in Brussels (2006) and Rotterdam (2007). Among her group participations are exhibitions at the Architektur Galerie Berlin (2011) and Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin (Gabriele Münter Prize 2010). Her works have been presented in several solo exhibitions, including the Hafnarborg Museum, Iceland (2010), the gallery FELDBUSCHWIESNER, Berlin (2009, 2011) Kabinet van Cultuur, Brussels (2008), the institute Vlaams-Nederlands Huis deBuren, Brussels (2007), and Gallery Fifty One Fine Art Photography, Antwerp (2007, 2012). Solo shows at the Forum für Fotografie in Cologne and Center of Contemporary Architecture, Moscow, will be on view in 2013. The artist lives and works in Berlin.