Galerie Rodolphe Janssen is delighted to announce the opening of its second gallery space with an exhibition of Jürgen Drescher and Sam Moyer.
For their second exhibition at the gallery, Jürgen Drescher and Sam Moyer will confront their work aiming to highlight the concept of «substitute» they are both using, through their sculpture or painting. Although the installation might seem classical, with framed works hanging on the wall and sculptures installed on the space, the creation of the works exhibited relies on untraditional ideas.
Drescher and Moyer have a commonality in their work being «surrogates» for traditional sculpture and painting. The installation in the new space will have a very classical feel with framed glass works on the walls and aluminium sculptures on the floor, but upon closer inspection the work is only shaped like traditional art works and their creation based on untraditional systems and ideas.
Jürgen Drescher is taking found objects and elevates them to a place of high art by casting them in bronze (aluminium), a historical sculptural practice, and presenting them as serious sculptural objects; thus creating the tension between high and low culture, old and new. For this show Drescher will present everyday objects including a carpet, a stool, cardboard boxes or a sledge.
In her new body of work titled Breakers II, Sam Moyer works in a very sculptural physical way by overlapping painted glass and dyed canvas, combining abstraction and readymade while still loosely referencing the idea of landscape. The glass and the canvas are layered to create compositions physically reliant on the Neilsen frames that hold them together. Altough the techniques Sam Moyer is using in her work (glass painting, canvas dying,...) could be considered to be more in the field of craft, Moyer’s work manages to delude the viewers into thinking that they are looking at a traditional abstract painting. There is also a deceptive quality to the material, just like in Drescher’s work. You think you know what you are looking at until further inspection, then you realize their works are not what they appear.
Jürgen Drescher (b.1955) lives and works in Berlin. He studied at the Kunstakademie of Düsseldorf with Klaus Rinke as teacher. Jürgen Drescher has recently exhibited at the Badischer Kunstverein, Karlsruhe; Galerie Rodolphe Janssen, Brussels; Kunsthalle, Goldrausch; Autocenter, Nürenberg, Hamburger Kunsthalle, Berlin; Museum Fridericianum, Hamburg, Kunsthalle Zürich, Kassel among others.
Sam Moyer (b. 1983) lives and works in Brooklyn. She received her BFA from the Corcoran College of Art and Design and her MFA from Yale. Sam Moyer has recently exhibited her work at MoMA PS1, Queens, Public Art Fund, New York, Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York, IMO, Copenhagen, Société, Berlin, and Galleri Tom Christoffersen, Copenhagen, among many other venues.