Galerie Stefan Röpke presents a four-artist exhibition at Site/109 with works by Jordi Alcaraz, Greg Allen-Müller, Aleksandar Duravcevic, and Jason Gringler.
Collectively, the works in this exhibition bring to interest the potential of modern-day materials and technology in building on the traditions of painting and drawing, and as a result, broadening their definitions. And vice-versa, approaching these works from an art-historical perspective helps us to appreciate an evolving visual language that is as much about breaking new ground and experimentation as it is in being firmly grounded on the foundations that they are built on.
Whether by using unlikely modern and industrial materials like Plexiglas, resin and mirrors to bridge the line between painting or drawing and sculpture, or utilizing video technology or simple reflection as painterly tools, these works push the boundaries of historical compositional and conceptual concerns. Exploring the possibilities of current means and materials available to them enables these artists to be completely contemporary in their practices and yet, without a doubt, continue the traditions of painting and drawing before them, addressing in ever-new ways line, space, color, and gesture.
The exhibition will be presented on the two levels of the gallery space. On the upper gallery, an area is allocated to each artist to be presented individually; either with a body of work that presents the range of the artist, or with a single large work that focuses particularly on the theme of the exhibition. While in the lower gallery, a special focus will be given on the use of reflection as a painterly tool, with each artist represented with works that use mirrors and/or metals to allow the reflected image to contribute to the composition and visual experience of their works.