devening projects + editions is pleased to announce the opening of our first exhibitions of the fall 2011 season. In the main gallery, Volker Saul presents new laser-cut and painted, aluminum wall pieces; in the off space, Timothy Bergstrom shows a new body of material- and process-based painting. Please join the artists at the opening reception on Sunday, August 28 from 4 - 7 pm.
For more than 25 years, Cologne-based artist Volker Saul has been amassing an extensive internal database of organic and body-suggestive imagery that continually morphs to satisfy the needs of the most current project. The result of that processing is remarkably varied -- drawings, paintings, sculptures, installations, site-specific wall paintings and public sculpture. The pieces presented in Rough Cuts are resolute; these new forms are concentrated, cut out, compositionally efficient and offered up in an emblematic or heraldic presentational format. These new laser-cut aluminum pieces offer a very rich visual and conceptual experience for the viewer. The material is machined to perfection, but the images are provocative and not always with the most appetizing associations. Internal and external organs, appendages, plant forms, and prickly surfaces carry on in the most curious environments. The result is something graphically satisfying but also peculiar in a way similar to how a disturbing dream troubles well after the images evaporate.
Since the mid-80s, Volker Saul has made site-specific wall paintings and works which operate in the interstitial space between image and object. He has had solo exhibitions at Galerie Caren Jones in Cologne; Nagoya at Gallery HAM in Paris; at Galerie Gutharc-Ballin in Auckland: at City Art Rooms among others. His work has been featured at the Rheinisches Landesmuseum Bonn; the Japan Cultural Institute in Cologne; the Leopold Hoesch Museum Düren; the Dortmunder Kunstverein; and the Kunstverein Mönchengladbach. In the U.S. he was included in group exhibitions at the Pratt Institute in NY and the Zolla Lieberman Gallery in Chicago. He has received the Günther and Carola Peill scholarship, the Kunstpreis des Kreises Düren, and the Euregio Art Award from Kleve. Volker Saul is concurrently featured in K.O.F.G.A., a solo exhibition at the Gahlberg Gallery at the College of DuPage in Glen Ellen, Illinois. That exhibition opens on Thursday, August 25 from 6 - 8 pm.