until 07.10. | #1588ARTatBerlin | Laura Mars Gallery shows this from 9th September 2017 the exhibition “Die Sonne von Mexiko” by the artist Andreas Seltzer.
Die Sonne von Mexiko (The Mexico Sun)
The title of this series of drawings derives from the name of an inn once situated along Andreas Selzer’s route to school at Frankfurt am Main.
All the way into the eighties it was a place where boozers, tricks from the nearby brothel lane Breite Gasse, as well as river boatmen dreaming of the grand transatlantic passage met. In formal terms, this series employs the same cartographic regard Seltzer tried out first in his works on Jules Verne’s „Journey to the Center of the Earth“ (2006-2012). There he followed the concentric circles leading into the earth’s interior.
Here, howewer, no longer grotesquely distorted geological layers of the underground, but particles of bodies, and fragments of things, are transformed to hybrid beings, or fractured into near-undecipherable detail. What characterizes the formations thereof is their joy of playing. The densely chequered backdrop they act before operates as a catcher of forms, jumbling together manifold graphic elements and lending them depth. Red, black, grey, and white are the leads here.
They do not follow any pre-determined plan, but act on impulses that are about densification, separation, and dissolution. This results in stories with carnivalesque, with circus traits, stories that speak in riddles, that disguise as puzzle pictures displaying balances or utter clumsiness. Thus, if all goes well, suspense may come into play, and viewers of these pictures may turn players.
Born in 1943 at Danzig; studied graphic art and design at Hochschule für Gestaltung, Offenbach/M., and painting at Hochschule der Künste, Berlin. Founder of Berlin producers’ gallery Bilderdienst. Lives Stella A., Berlin ; »Aand works as a freelance artist, author, and curator in Berlin.
Exhibitions (selection): »Die Sonne von Mexiko«, Laura Mars Gallery, Berlin (2017); »Grotesk«, Laura Mars Gallery (2016); »Not yet. On the Reinvention of Documentary and the Critique of Modernism«, Museo National Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid (2015); »Geschichten zeichnen«, Museum Folkwang, Essen (2012); »Captain Pamphile«, Falckenberg Hamburg Collection (2011); »Die Reise um mein Zimmer«, Galerie Stella A., Berlin ; »Animalcity«, Kunstverein Wolfsburg (2006) Publications (selection): »Bilderkunde – Essays«, Vorwerk8 Verlag, Berlin (2017);»Der Sendermann / The Transition Man«, Fantôme Verlag, Berlin (2016); »Die Hitze in Paris«, Fantôme Verlag , Berlin (2012); »Die Reise zum Mittelpunkt der Erde«, Katalog, Kunstverein Waldkraiburg (2012); »Im Nahbereich«, Maas Media Verlag, Berlin (2011)
Vernissage: Friday, 8th September 2017, 7 p.m.
Lecture: Friday, 8th September 2017, 08:00 p.m. Hermann Treusch reads Andreas Seltzer „Bilderkunde – Essays“ (published by Vorwerk8 Verlag, ISBN: 978-3-940384-89-8)
Exhibition period: Saturday, 9th September to Saturday, 7th October 2017Zur Laura Mars Gallery
Image caption: via Laura Mars Gallery, Andreas Seltzer, Die Sonne von Mexiko
Exhibition: Andreas Seltzer – Die Sonne von Mexiko – Laura Mars Gallery | Contemporary Art – Kunst in Berlin – ART at Berlin