WHICH WAY BERLIN - L.A. ?
Curated by Doro Hofmann.
On Display January 1 thru January 25, 2009
Opening Reception: January 17, 2009 6-9pm
Featured Artists: Annett Bienhaus, Doro Hofmann, Yasmin Müller, Ulf Neumann,
Alicja Kwade and Anja Schwörer.
WHICH WAY BERLIN - L.A. ?
Since the fall of the Berlin wall prosperity has boosted the city’s art and cultural scenes, and making Berlin one the world’s new art capitals. Likewise, because L.A. has been able to offer abundantly what New York cannot -artistic space- Los Angeles has been heralded as another future capital of the art world.
Which Way Berlin or L.A.? curator Doro Hofmann brings new voices from the Berlin art scene to L.A.’s Downtown Long Beach. This exhibit featured a panel discussion (recorded for podcast in Downtown LA) by and with the artists living and working in Berlin, and invites local L.A. Artists as well as the interested culturati to open up a community-wide discussion comparing and contrasting the work emerging from these two new art centers and posing the question of which way the art world is migrating—toward the more conceptual socio-political art represented by Berlin or the more painting centric pop-culture work that seems to dominate the L.A. art scene? Which Way Berlin or L.A.? further invites the German and American communities to celebrate together the cultural achievements of Berlin and Los Angeles County.
This show was originally installed at
101 West 5th St., Los Angeles, CA 90013
A Non-Profit Institution in Downtown Los Angeles' Gallery Row District
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Annett Bienhaus’ mystic scenery in paintings, watercolor and collages explores transience in reference to baroque still lives. Inspired by the flora and fauna and the legendary tales of south Germany, Bienhaus' works are magical and beautiful, as well as, a little menacing. Her compositions create tension through "pouring" and tripping" in abstract areas so as to contrast realistically painted imagery and blank canvas.
Doro Hofmann creates her highly esthetic and surreal Pop–Art worlds in oil on canvas, in pencil on paper, in monotypes, in collages, and in room-size installations. Inspired by the necessary and functional structuring of our society and the influence daily News imagery and Advertising has upon it, Hofmann's work is often socially critical. Her art explores and exposes what hides beneath the glamorous and seductive surface of the mass media.
Alicja Kwade works in a multi-faceted and original way, employing a number of different media (installation, sculpture, photography, video) and materials. Her artwork makes use of classic sculpture materials and of everyday objects that she distorts to strip them of their usual context and meaning. She poses questions of authenticity and value, perception and classification. At the same time her art combines science with poetry and playfulness. She currently has a solo exhibition at the Hamburger Bahnhof in Berlin through her Piepenbrock Prize for Sculpture.
Yasmin Müller works with a broad variety of different materials and techniques; from three-dimensional pieces, to work which employs used paling boards and shaped canvas, to large-scale murals. Her work references classic ‘Hard-Edge Painting’, ‘Pop Art’ and ‘Minimalism’. She uses applied aesthetics primarily from fashion, design or cultural trends. Herein she explores the institutionalization of so-called subcultures as defined by the stereotypical everyday things with which they surround themselves.
Ulf Neumann's concrete objects nest in the exhibition room. They ensconce a wall, throne metal frames, assume the floor, adherence from the ceiling, and bridge walls of a room together. Every single one of his objects is intensively researched as to how it fits into the evolutionary history of Architecture. In his work Neumann concentrates on framing and transforming existing architecture, so as to evolve a new context for architectural structures.
Anja Schwörer’s unique paintings surround the viewer with absolute darkness, and at first this universe seems self-enclosed. But the brightly colored contrast in her geometric compositions open endless dimensions of Rorschach test-like batik patterns and psychedelic figurations.
A Special thank you to the Pike at Rainbow Harbor.