with So Young Park, Matthew Carver, Achim Riethmann,
Maslen & Mehra, Ina Viola Blasius and Edgar Martins
An international group show brings together international emerged
artists and newcomers in a show about nature and urbanisation. Six
artists explore the subject of nature and urbanity in today’s setting.
The international artistic position of artists from internationally
diverse regions displays an impressive mixture of minimalism and pop
art. The exhibition starting on 12th Feb. at Galerie Caprice Horn,
could hardly be more manifold and diverse. Interesting in particular
are themes such as gene technology, nanotechnology, molecular
technology, – disciplines that dominate our globalised world. Nature
seems to take a dispassionate wait and see attitude towards the
manoeuverings and manipulations of the human species. In the dichotomy
of man and nature, reference is often made to an idealized portrayal of
landscapes et al, that define our world view.
An idealized perspective
manifests itself in the installation by Ina Viola Blasius. The 2.5
meter installation reverses the relationship of man and nature. Here
the grass is over dimensional, man at best a diminutive appearance. The
student of Anthony Cragg, rectifies this situation in her second
installation “cat and mouse”.
In contrast we have a callous but
sensitive portrayal of man versus nature in Achim Riethmann’s work. The
recently awarded “Art and Prison” prize winner, uses the tradition of
panel painting for his watercolours to portray researchers in their
white uniforms that attempt to iconographically confront themselves
with subjects such as conception, life and death, and bring these into
perspective. The London born 31 year old Riethmann delivers a contrast
to internationally renown and celebrated Edgar Martins.
The Macau born
Martins constructs the unobtainable space in his Accidental Theorist
series. One is reminded of Marcel Proust “the true paradise is the
paradise which we have lost”. With his unusual work Martins has been
exhibited at PS1, acquired by the Victoria and Albert museum and is due
to be shown at the Caloust Gulbenkian foundation later this year.
Matthew Carver who is equally successful and topical, is represented in
numerous collections including Saatchi and London Museum collection.
The 44 year old Carver is a forerunner with his portrayal of a
constructed reality similar to that seen in Ridley Scott’s blade
runner. His contribution to the group show links thematically to his
floating world exhibition in the London Museum which received numerous
Maslen & Mehra are also concerned with the perception of cultural
spaces. The artists Tim Maslen and Jennifer Mehra describe the tension
between urbanity and nature very successfully in their photo collages.
The arranged portrayal of a roman next to a punk or an astronaut next
to a Neanderthal shows the versatility of the artists who work with
ornaments, disused objects, drawings, photography etc, into symbolic
collages reminiscent of a new surrealism.
Somewhat in contrast is the
work of So Young Park. Her large scale paintings in the context of the
exhibition sharpen the perspective on a fast, furious and ephemeral pop
culture. The artist, a pupil of Daniel Richter uses pop art as her
Vernissage: 12.2.2010, 6-9pm
Exhibition duration: 13.2. - 25.4.2010
Location: Rudi-Dutschke-Str. 26, 10969 Berlin