Tucked into a quiet corner of Schöneberg, the newly opened gallery Kunst-Projekt Forma:t offers a more intimate experience than the bustling galleries in Mitte and the more conservative galleries springing up along Potsdamer Strasse. And that is just how owner Morena Wassman wants it. Wassman designed her gallery to be a space for an open exchange between artists and art lovers. That means, you can expect to be welcomed with a smile and a warm hello, a practice she picked up in Kansas City while researching American business models.
Currently representing fifteen artists, Kunst-Projekt Forma:t is still relatively small, but Wassman is determined to grow and has more ideas than she can count. She has already scheduled two exhibitions each month until the end of the year.
For the gallery’s first vernissage, Wassman brings together two quite different artists: Dada collagist and poet Astrid Jahns and circuit board designer Ernst Richter. Titled “Nur vorübergehend anwesend II” (Only Temporarily Present II), the exhibition unifies the old and the new, the spontaneous and the deliberate, the techno-freak and the techno-phobe.
Astrid Jahns, "Das Schicksal kennt keine Zufälle II" (Fate Knows No Accidents), collage; Courtesy of the artist and gallery.
Drawing inspiration from the internal organs of cell phones and computers, Richter recreates the circuit board layouts he designs in bright, neon colors. Through his prints of complex, yet seemingly minimal, patterns, Richter offers a glimpse of what computer technicians see when they look into your hard drive.
While Richter signs each of his pieces with his web address, Jahns has yet to get one. Instead, she chooses to work with analogue cut-and-paste methods to weave new narratives and retell classic stories through collage. In one work on display at Kunst-Projekt Jahns follows Alice through a wonderland of mismatched heads, embossed letters, and dark figures. It’s particularly special to experience Jahns’s Dada collages in Schöneberg, the cultural hotbed of Berlin’s art and literature scene during the “Golden 20s” (die goldene 20er Jahre), the height of Berlin’s Dada movement. Her installation marks an interesting return to both the place and the style of this early Dada movement.
Jahns and Richter’s exhibition will run until August 18. Kunst Projekt Forma:t’s next vernissage opens on August 24 with work from Kerstin Becker and Anne Heinelt.
(Image on top: Ernst Richter, Microchip Grün (2/10), 2009, digital piece on canvas; Photo: Max Nesterak / Courtesy of the artist)