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Johann König

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Withheld Secrets

by Parker Tilghman
I sauntered into Johann König on Friday night with few expectations, but admittedly a bit of excitement. The gallery was buzzing and I was looking forward to immersing myself in the latest installation by Natascha Sadr Haghighian. This is the artist’s third solo exhibition with the gallery and I am quite fond of her previous work—I find it probing and thought-provoking with a tinge of slapstick. For me, it is the perfect mix for a conceptual practice that rarely takes the same form twice. As I write, I notice myself gingerly approaching this review. On the one hand, I am big fan of Haghighian’s work... [more]
Posted by Parker Tilghman on 1/21/13
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Art in 3D

by Alexander Forbes
Ah, the summer group show. The irreverent member of the gallery calendar, it can run the gamut from an inspiring outlook on emerging talent to an over-intellectualized love child of gallerists and part-time curators alike. Often, it’s a little of both. Yet, somehow I still look forward to these unwieldy offerings each year, figuring, at the very least, I’ll come out with some status quo of the young and unsigned and the older and under-shown. Usually it works out. So, when I was sifting through the list of Berlin’s offerings for the season, ranging from peep shows to relational drawing (Rirkr... [more]
Posted by Alexander Forbes on 8/1/11
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Hot Air Balloon

by E-Slant Team
      For his second solo exhibition at Johann König, Berlin, the Belgian artist Kris Martin has installed a hot air balloon in the gallery, entirely dissolving the architecture. As if ready for launching, the balloon and basket are lying on the floor. In the main space ventilators blow up the balloon until the subtly flittering fabric touches the walls. A surreal effect takes place as the visitors walk into the room through the balloon's opening, as if entering a whale's stomach.In this way, Kris Martin takes on a Romantic theme: the dream of flying in an archaic vehicle. Powered solely w... [more]
Posted by E-Slant Team on 4/4/09
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Repetition and Accumulation

by E-Slant Team
Johann König, Berlin is pleased to present the first solo exhibition of Los Angeles based artist Nathan Hylden in Germany. For the show a wall is build to divide the main gallery in to two spaces. The modified architecture is creating an almost mirrored doubled situation in which a series of nine large scale paintings are hung in. The series is the result of pictorial-technical processes utilizing strict repetition and accumulation principles: During the first step of the process, the artist covers the canvases with a layer of gold paint, the effect of which changes as soon as one moves aro... [more]
Posted by E-Slant Team on 12/8/08