Katarina Burin (born 1975 in Bratislava, Slovakia) finished her studies at the Yale University in 2002. The artist works in various media and is mainly interested in the subject of the ubiquity and history of architecture and design. She focuses on how images and documents represent the past, but at the same time define today’s world. Her works have been exhibited worldwide, i.e. at White Columns in New York, at the the Museumsquartier in Vienna and the Thurn & Taxis Palais in Bregenz. In 2009 Katarina Burin received the McDowell Residency scholarship (New Hampshire, USA).
Dark, mysterious and threatening are terms that best describe the paintings by Damien Cadio (born 1975 in Mont Saint Aignan, France). Many of his subjects appear to be almost banal, but because of his own aesthetic signature his works give the impression of a latent menace, not unlike the imagery of a David Lynch movie The depiction of the threat is rarely explicit, but it is the coherent thread that unites his entire oeuvre. In the spirit of the 21st century Cadio finds his motifs via Google and Co.. Therefore it is quite possible that some of his paintings awake a certain degree of familiarity. Nevertheless, the artist manages to turn his collected internet findings into uncanny, mysterious icons. Through the movie inspired technique of dramatization, the known and locatable motif is either renounced or strengthened in its meaning.
The works of Andreas Chwatal (born 1982 in Regensburg) appear to be something like props, antiques or insights into apartments and bureaus, removed from their original context. In those works graphical and sculptural means are interfused to one installation, trying to showcase the whole of a story in one snippet. As in most of Chwatal’s works, the artist integrates also a textual level: poetic texts, which Chwatal regards as images as well, underlining the fictional character and just seemingly contributing to the decipherment of the presented works. A story is evoked and not unlike a crime story, it pulls the viewer into a vortex. Apparently conflicting elements and memorized images crystallize into a mysterious overall picture.
Nana Dix (geb.1962 in München) studied Industrial Design at the Fachhochschule (1984 – 85) as well as Art History at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University in Munich (1985 – 89). Her last exhibition “Color Me Beautiful” marks a turning point for Nana Dix from collage back to painting, an organic artistic development. After years of abstinence from the medium of painting she returns and showcases a developed stage. Whereas the former collages reflected the overflow of images and the unrest of our times, the monochromatic color fields of the current exhibition indicate a ruminant withdrawal, which can be regarded as an allusion towards the abstract paintings of Mark Rothko
In his minimalistic art, New York- and Berlin-based artist Jeff Grant (born 1975, New York State, USA) deals with the subject of identity and expectations. In his head studies, dimly contours evoking the idea of human heads are adorned with colourful points and swirling circles that become abstract eyes and mouths (i.e. “Head with dot holes 1”). Jeff Grant describes his own work as “a study in the co-existence of determined facts and shifting, ambiguous definitions.” It seems like that those head-like shapes deliver the “determined facts,” whereas the seemingly “shifting” points and circles constitute the claimed “ambiguity,” the uncertainty of human identity. Jeff Grant graduated from the Goldsmiths College in London in 2000. In 2011 he amazed the public with a great exhibition in South Korea.
A particular affinity to architectonic situations and forms of suburbia is characteristic for the work of Swiss artist Daniel Robert Hunziker (born 1965 in Walenstadt, Switzerland). Hunziker blends a particular feeling for space and his impressions of structures into mysterious objects, which can be located somewhere between a model and an installation. The artist finds concrete points of departure for his individual works in constructions he happens to come across in his everyday environment and which he observes first and foremost from the perspective of a sculptor. Hunziker lives and works in Zurich. In 2011 the artist inspired the public with the Gallery von Bartha at Art Basel Unlimited.
The imagery of Leonhard Hurzlmeier (born 1983 in Starnberg, Germany) is one of geometry. Clean lines, triangles, rectangles and trapeze converge and coincide, creating works of playful ornamentation, contrasting the more algid abstraction of someone like Mark Rothko. By approaching the paintings of Hurzlmeier, the viewer realizes, that the supposedly even canvases feature a very detailed structure. The artist accentuates the ‘scars’ of the entire painting process and thereby creating an interesting contrast between the calculated motive and the organic feeling of the paintings. Hurzlmeier paints on already used canvases, whose surfaces he completely repaints, however, he allows the ‘old’ texture to shine through and by doing so, his works become immanent documents of time.
In 2011 Peter Riss (born 1962 in Kaufbeuren, Germany) managed to elate with his first solo exhibition at our gallery. The artist studied from 1997 – 2001 at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf with Prof. Gerhard Merz. Peter Riss' paintings and objects are distinguished by an almost excessive aestheticism: glassy lacquer surfaces reflecting the environment (including the viewers), harmonic geometries as well as golden skeletons, animal bones and fawns are all part of Peter Riss’ imagery. Stylistically the viewer may be reminded of the works of Mondrian or even traditional Japanese architecture, as Peter Riss employs a similar way of structuring his space determining installations and objects.
Stefan Sandner (born 1968 in Vienna, Austria) is one of the most important contemporary representatives from Austria. Through the transfer process of memo to canvas and the immense enlargement, Sandner elevates this seemingly banal scrap of everyday life into the realm of art. Besides the question of the artistic status of his work, Stefan Sandners paintings also put the authorship into question. The notes and memos transferred onto canvas are the intellectual property of known and unknown authors that Sandner appropriates for his purposes. This fact puts the artist also into the direction of Appropriation Art, which centers around the question of authorship, acting accordingly to the Zeitgeist of postmodernism by quoting and copying other material. While quoting these other sources Sandner makes slight changes to subordinate the texts to his aesthetic and compositional needs.
Matt Saunders (born 1975 in Tacoma, USA), who studied at Harvard as well as at Yale, draws his inspiration for his work from films, but he is not only concerned with the history of that medium. His work engages with our spectatorship of the movies – the way that we identify with them, live with them and experience them over time. Taking the form of painting, drawing, short films, and photography, Saunders’ work takes an approach that is at once analytic and personal, building its own history, both of materials and of subjects. In 2011 Saunders had solo exhibitions at Blum & Poe in Los Angeles and at the Marian Goodman Gallery in Paris. Some of his works are part of the art collection of the MOMA and also the Whitney Museum in New York.
The artist Felix Schramm (born 1970 in Hamburg, Germany) studied with Prof. Jannis Kounellis and graduated in 1997 from the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf. His former oeuvre consists mainly of sculptures and room installations, which are based on the architectural environments of the exhibition space. Walls, floors, ceilings are cracked by bias layers, breaches and dumping space fragments. Horizontals and verticals become bias, whereby the coordinates are corrupted. Breached walls are openings, views, which allow new perspectives and images. Schramm transfers the aesthetic of his sculptural work to a new medium: the collage. His exhibition catalogue already covers institutions such as the Palais de Tokyo in Paris, the Hamburger Bahnhof in Berlin as well as the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.
Lisa Tan (born 1973 in Syracuse, USA) already had three solo exhibitions at our gallery. The artist’s work negotiates her longstanding interest in loss as a constant yet shifting condition of being that shapes the quotidian while anticipating the profound. Her works are marked by an elegant visual economy, and have taken the form of photographs, videos, sculptures, drawings, writing…and a champagne cocktail. Tan lives in Stockholm and New York. In 2011 she got her first solo exhibition in a museum, the Arthouse at the Jones Center in Austin, Texas.
With large scale paintings that focus on the more casual things and activities of human life, artist Cornelius Völker (born 1965 in Düsseldorf, Germany) managed to succeed in the harsh art world. Sandwiches, slippers, chocolate bars, lap dogs, women posing with their vacuum cleaner, or people who are putting on a sweater - all these motives, putting emphasize on the prosaicness of everyday life, stand in contrast to the sheer scale of the images as well as the honorable medium of painting itself. However, Völker’s “casual” art amazes the art audience and so the artist was granted with four solo museum exhibitions: the Villa Stuck in Munich, the Wilhelm-Hack-Museum in Ludwigshafen, the Mönchehaus-Museum in Goslar as well as the Von der Heydt-Museum in Wuppertal (all in Germany).