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On the exhibition / Zur Ausstellung

Transmitting information is inherent in today’s networked Internet Age. The information structures of our digital surroundings resemble the inner transmitting systems of nerves and their contacts, the synapses. With the help of messenger substances, neurotransmitters like serotonin pass on information and thereby activate the inner neural system. In her installation Conditions for Neurotransmission [P.O.V.] artist Annabelle Craven-Jones visualizes the mutual effects of both information systems and points to the condition change of (inner) neurotransmission through the (outer) digital. O... [more]
Posted by Cruise&Callas on 6/21
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[VIDEO] Interview with Sibylla Dumke

by The Karte
Sibylla Dumke is showing for the third time in the gallery Cruise&Callas. For some time now her work has been quite intuitive having been inspired by the fragments of nature and products of civilization. At the current solo show she installed a scenario where the opposing elements are combined together. Collected branches are tinted by Japan Ink. Consequently, her objects are captured and held together by black colour. The artist’s 'Mumifying’ has several layers of meaning which are possible to interpret in different ways. The visual closeness of signification refers to the comm... [more]
Posted by The Karte on 10/22/13
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Aleksander Cigale: Bindende Bewegung 9. März bis 13. April 2013, Cruise & Callas, Berlinvon Gunter ReskiEin Ausgangspunkt der Ausstellung von Aleksander Cigale ist ein kleines rundes Ding, das zwischen gitterartig bespannten Schlaginstrumenten hin- und hergescheucht wird. Die besagte Dinglichkeit nennt sich Tennisball. Als heimlicher Protagonist der Ausstellung „Bindende Bewegung“ erscheint der Gegenstand selbst eher wenig involviert in das Bildgeschehen vieler Exponate, für die er wahrscheinlich zu Beginn einer Entscheidungskette ausschlaggebend war. Er glänzt starkfarbig wortwörtlich mit punktu... [more]
Posted by Cruise&Callas on 3/6/13
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Alexandra Hopf: A Private Collection

Alexandra Hopf: A Private CollectionNovember 3 until December 15, 2012, Cruise & Callas, Berlin by Annabelle von Girsewald “Future is our only objective.“ Alexander Rodchenko For her solo show entitled A Private Collection Alexandra Hopf revisits Russia in the year 1922, a year afterThe First Working Group of Constructivists was formed. The collective was organized around such conceptsas the economy of materials, meticulousness and the reduction of any means of décor. In the aftermath ofVladamir Tatlin’s Monument to the Third International (1919-1920), Alexander Rodchenko was one signifi... [more]
Posted by Cruise&Callas on 11/8/12
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Ironing Irony

by Hunter Braithwaite Dominik Steiner’s “Mr. West / Marlboro 07” (2007) is an alpine summit against a red sky. With a bit of perspective, it becomes a road pushing through a hematoma desert. The composition can slouch off representation and become a New York School painting—shadowboxing with the muse, fueled on doubt and nickel beer. Then, moving forward in history just a bit, the oil on canvas registers as a profile view of a pack of Marlboro Reds. The most abstract reading, the cigarette pack, is also the most concrete. The vistas (here they are American, but they don’t need to be) have bee... [more]
Posted by Cruise&Callas on 9/17/12
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That sunny dome, those caves of ice — den Titel ihrer zweiten Einzelausstellung in der Galerie Cruise & Callas hat die Künstlerin Frauke Boggasch dem Gedicht Kubla Khan des englischen Romantikers Samuel Taylor Coleridge entnommen. Niedergeschrieben nach den Eindrücken eines Opiumrausches steht die Verszeile für Coleridges Spiel mit den Realitäten und für die romantische Kluft, die der Lyriker in die Beschreibung der Naturgewalten einbettet. Die vereinten Gegensätze, die sich mit dem Ausstellungstitel ankündigen, findet man sofort wieder, wenn man die Ausstellung von Frauke Boggasch betritt. Die dunk... [more]
Posted by Cruise&Callas on 5/18/12
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von Barbara Buchmaier Die Elemente im Bildterrain müssen schon genau sitzen, damit was klappt, berührt, kitzelt oder zumindesttouchiert ... ... sie sind nicht beliebig platziert, sondern stehen in unmittelbarer Abhängigkeit zueinander, das kann man gar nicht übersehen. Coloriert in so klischeebehafteten Farben wie Rosa, Magenta oder Zitronengelb werden hier Linien, Ecken und Kanten zueinander in Kontakt gesetzt, schichten sich geometrische Formen an- und übereinander. Sie senden sich und uns Signale zu, während sie vor elegant-dezenten, monochromen Fonds zwischen Oberfläche und Tiefenraum vermit... [more]
Posted by Cruise&Callas on 3/3/12
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Review

von Michèle Kieffer Wer die Ausstellung PROPOSAL FOR A MINDSCAPE (neuroAESTHETIC) von Annabelle Craven-Jones betritt, trifft frontal auf das Ende einer eingezogenen Wand. Sie ist auf beiden Seiten mit Postern beschichtet, die den Satz KEEP THE DIFFERENT THOUGHTS SEPARATE in mehreren Abwandlungen durchspielen. Die verscho- benen Satzglieder spielen optisch auf das bildgebende Verfahren der Magnetresonanztomographie an (tome, altgriech. „Schnitt“), einem Verfahren der medizinischen Diagnostik. Nicht nur auf diesen physischen Schnitt durch den Raum verweist Annabelle Craven-Jones im Titel d... [more]
Posted by Cruise&Callas on 11/23/11
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Radio Arty mit Rainer Fetting & Stefan Rinck, Flux FM, Sep 22, 2011

http://www.fluxfm.de/programm/radio-arty-mit-rainer-fetting/ [more]
Posted by Cruise&Callas on 9/24/11
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Sibylla Dumke

Sibylla Dumke Once upon a time, when asked what one wanted from a work of art, Jasper Johns replied “a sense of life”, a definition so open yet so appealing, but futile to try to pin down. However, one knows it when one feels it, and in Sibylla Dumke’s new drawings, I think it can be seen out in the open. One can also sense a little of the struggle of elements that go into this creation. The liveliness comes from a dialogue of qualities. Not to be shy about it, these include, at various points, but again and again: generally, order and freedom, openness and discipline; and particularly... [more]
Posted by Cruise&Callas on 2/9/11
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Alexandra Hopf: A Future Show

Alexandra Hopf: A Future Show A Future Show ist die Rekonstruktion einer gleichnamigen fiktiven Ausstellung aus dem Jahr 1948 in New York, deren Exponate nicht mehr im Original verfügbar sind. In ihrer Installation aus Video, Bildern und Objekten schafft Alexandra Hopf mehrere verschachtelte Perzeptions-Ebenen, in denen Versatzstücke aus Wahrnehmungstheorie und -philosophie, Psychoanalyse, Design, Film, Theater und Ausstellungshistorie reflektiert werden. Der paradoxe Titel stellt den Begriff des Zeitgenössischen infrage: Im Zitat einer Ausstellung in der Ausstellung verschmelzen historisch... [more]
Posted by Cruise&Callas on 11/26/10
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Ralf Dereich: amuse Happiness is harder to depict than the lack of it, and also more uncommon. The more direct the celebratory approach, the rarer it is, especially if it is to be, and to remain, convincing. It is tougher to praise accurately than to denigrate. That goes for the writing about art as well as art itself. Ralf Dereich’s work is singularly pure in the playful directness of its optimism. When you look at a drawing by Dereich, you can watch him think. Typically, there is a curling or looping line or set of lines roughly covering the page. The speed of the line is fast e... [more]
Posted by Cruise&Callas on 10/7/10
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Dominik Steiner: A Life of Ease and Plenty First, a disclaimer. As well as the usual gallery text for an artist, this is a personal view of the work of Dominik Steiner, freely given. Although I am of course promoting the work of a friend, and am paying it tribute, it is also an attempt to describe the work as truthfully as I would do in any context. In this gallery, you’ll find a sofa, consisting of a welded metal frame, chipboard panels, and the hide of a bull. Describing it to me as it was being made, and seeing the question coming, Steiner said to me, “I guess you’ll need to bring yo... [more]
Posted by Cruise&Callas on 10/7/10
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We are pleased to present „The Beautiful and The Damned“ at Cruise & Callas - the debut Berlin solo show of American born, Syrian-Danish artist Zhivago Duncan. His body of work is part of a complete series also taking part in two group exhibitions running parallel during gallery weekend. One year ago, in art professor Tristan Pranyko’s studio, Duncan discovered a stack of old copies of Andy Warhol’s Interview magazine. Fascinated by the forgotten world of glamour and hedonism that existed in these frayed, yellowing pages, Duncan set out to explore and dissect Interview‘s obsession with cele... [more]
Posted by Cruise&Callas on 5/6/10
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Armin Boehm Frauke Boggasch Herbert Brand André Butzer K.F. Dahmen Ralf Dereich Helmut Dorner K.O. Götz Thomas Helbig Gerhard Hoehme Anselm Reyle Bernard Schultze Emil Schumacher K.R.H. Sonderborg Dominik Steiner Fred Thieler Hann Trier Informel – der Begriff steht in der aktuellen Kunstszene nicht gerade für Zeitgeist oder den Einfl uss auf junge Künstler. Dabei hat die europäische abstrakt-expressive Malerei, wie sie in den 50er Jahren aufkam, die Kunst nach dem Zweiten Weltkrieg einschlägig verändert. Alle nachfolgenden Malergenerationen haben sich mehr oder minder bew... [more]
Posted by Cruise&Callas on 10/22/10
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Richard Neal zeigt bei Cruise & Callas Arbeiten auf Papier und Glas in kleinen bis überdimensionalen Formaten. Sie zeigen monochrome Kompositionen in rot, blau schwarz und Brauntönen. Schnell ausgeführte Pinselstriche sind zu erkennen, vor allem auf den kleinformatigen Arbeiten können es auch nur wenige gesetzte Tupfer auf dem Glas oder Papier sein. Diese Pinselspuren sind feingliedrig, voluminös, rein in der Farbigkeit und von fossilienhafter Organik. Der Grund hierfür liegt in der Technik Neals, der das Pigment oder den Graphit lediglich mit Terpentin aufträgt. Das getrocknete Pulver liegt ganz u... [more]
Posted by Cruise&Callas on 10/22/10
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The pictures of Frauke Boggasch, painted in many glazed layers and sombrely romantic appearing, are conceptual and above all a confrontation with classic questions on painting. In the glazes she buries the knowledge of painting’s conditions. Archetypes, confrontations and allusions are hardly or not at all visible anymore. These layers and histories face up against the completed picture, which on the surface display impasto application and appear almost manically worked. Boggasch employs this mania solely for the purpose of romantic irony, she is in the same way stubbornly asserting painting... [more]
Posted by Cruise&Callas on 10/22/10
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It is the joy of colour and its combination, as we know it from looking at beautiful carpets, that Sibylla Dumke calls forth in her work. A grid structure assembled from triangles is typical of the artist’s abstract paintings, whose planes Dumke paints in vibrant colour. The style of composition can appear almost coarse, but proves itself to be just as delicately employed as the colour. Carpets are actually a source of inspiration for Dumke. The patterns “of ancient African carpetsspontaneously break up and suddenly head off in other directions. They are not like machinemadeobjects, but rather w... [more]
Posted by Cruise&Callas on 10/22/10
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Alexandra Hopf’s interests centre around the relations between various types of imagery: the archetype, the reproduced, and afterimages. In a narrower sense, Hopf’s work is about a system in the form of a subjective iconography. It comprises of pictures which to us have become defining images of their time and in turn mould our understanding of the past. In the broadest sense, Hopf’s motifs derive from the fields of culture and science. The video work “.... oder sollte dies eine unbekannte Mauer sein?” („... or should this be an unknown wall?”), 2009 resembles an archive of such pictures, combi... [more]
Posted by Cruise&Callas on 10/22/10
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In conversation with the French writer Charles Juliet, Samuel Beckett said in 1977: “Negation is no more possible than affirmation. It is absurd to say that something is absurd. That‘s still a value judgement. It is impossible to protest, and equally impossible to assent. You have to work in an area where there are no possible pronouns or solutions, or reactions, or standpoints - that‘s what makes it so diabolically difficult.“ Samuel Beckett was inspired by the work of his friend, the Dutch painter Bram van Velde, who Ralf Dereich also names as a reference point for his own work in interview... [more]
Posted by Cruise&Callas on 10/22/10
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Cruise & Callas are pleased to present the fi rst solo exhibition of Dominik Steiner. In his show “Totipotent”, Steiner is showing abstract painting and sculpture. Dominik Steiner’s work shows a strong relationship to the artist’s self-image since the beginning of classic modern art. Sandro Bocola wrote in his art historical paper “The Art of the Modern” about Kandinsky and his contemporaries: “In their non-objective works the unity of the sensual and the spiritual is neither proclaimed nor depicted as symbol, metaphor or allegory, but can rather be experienced directly. The essence of Moder... [more]
Posted by Cruise&Callas on 10/22/10
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Cruise & Callas präsentiert Manfred Peckls neue Bilder und Papierarbeiten bei seiner ersten Einzelausstellung in Berlin. Manfred Peckls Arbeiten entstehen im Zuge einer Verlangsamung, einer Zügelung, die der Künstler als ein sich Verbieten der Handschrift beschreibt. Peckl sieht sich als Maler, doch mit dem Pinsel wäre er „viel zu schnell fertig“. Der hinausgezögerte Herstellungsprozess gibt Kapazität für dauerhafte Konzentration. Dabei scheinen das Thema des Ortes und das der Verwandlung im Mittelpunkt zu stehen. Peckls Bildoberflächen bestehen aus geschredderten oder in schmale Streifen ges... [more]
Posted by Cruise&Callas on 10/22/10
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Shortly before their performance at Cruise & Callas, the Swiss duo Frank Lüling und Oliver Schmid started to look for a location in Berlin which would supply them with some rich audio and visual material. Through their investigations they came upon the historically resonant Berlin hill, Teufelsberg. With cameras and recording equipment the artists made their way there and, amongst other things, spent three nights on the site in order to collect sounds and to document on fi lm the search for them. Under the name “Resonator”, the artist Lüling and the musician Schmid have already worked togethe... [more]
Posted by Cruise&Callas on 10/28/10