until 17.06. | #2033ARTatBerlin | Galerie Verein Berliner Künstler (VBK) presents from 26th May 2018 the group exhibition “As far as the eye can see – landscape today” [Soweit das Auge reicht – Landschaft heute].
Nine international artists present their work on the subject of landscape from the current point of view of the Verein Berliner Künstler. The artists show painting, drawing and video installation until June 17, 2018.
For the opening on Friday, 25. May at 19:00 invites the historically significant artist association in his gallery on Schöneberger Ufer 57 (not far from the Kulturforum and Potsdamer Straße in the district Tiergarten – Mitte).
As a separate subject, the landscape has entered late into art history. The independent genre was the landscape painting in the Dutch art of the 17th century.
Nature itself became – so it is said – for the first time the object of interest. The landscape painters of the turn of the century illustrate a confrontation with the increasingly technical world of industrialization and an attempt to escape it.
Is landscape a concrete place of longing or is it the fictional home of a better existence? Grown up, without any intervention on the part of man, it is still in our imagination a contrast to the artificial. The landscape surrounding us today is itself a result of human intervention, which is hardly to be overlooked in our latitudes.
Can we still use the concept of nature under these circumstances, or do we speak in the landscape of landscapes today to the highest degree?
Like hardly any other medium, artistic landscape representation is suited to reflecting the role of the individual in the world and the individual’s view of their environment. The impact of these insights on contemporary artistic activity is demonstrated by the exhibiting artists with their current works, which show diverse connections between landscape and society. (Catherine Bourdon, curator of the exhibition)
Marion Angulanza, www.marion-angulanza.de
Catherine Bourdon, www.catherinebourdon.eu
Silke Bartsch, www.silkebartsch.de
Birgit Borggrebe, birgitborggrebe.de
Lupe Godoy, www.lupegodoy.com
Franziska Rutishauser, www.franziska-r.ch
Marianne Gielen, www.marianne-gielen.de
Sabine Schneider, kunst-sasch.de
Peter Schlangenbader, www.schlangenbader.de
In the graphic works, my interest is in the exploration of vegetation. On walks through Berlin city parks, in Brandenburg or traveling through Germany, in non-European primeval forests and on the British Isles, I collect nature and landscape motifs.
The forest can be understood and perceived as a contrast to a modern, well-organized, urban life.
His original magic, his strangeness, contain something sinister. Pictures of a landscape are one of many ways to relate to nature.
In any case, the topic of the representation of nature and vegetation has occupied my mind for some time and not least finds its roots in the debate on climate change, in which nature is addressed both as “worth protecting” par excellence and as a “threatening scenario”.
The landscape always tells something about their time. In the role of witnesses, I document my everyday life and process the flood of images and information that surrounds us. I always try to question the value of the image itself, and how the subject determines it.
The subject is the occasion for the color. Matter becomes the subject. Paint mass lubricated, dripped, thick, thin, glossy or matt applied. The spontaneous gesture of the Action Painter stands next to a mannerist painted figure and the use of sprayer stencils.
Canvas and subject are the playground for new experiments and play instinct within my research.
The Spanish artist Lupe Godoy dedicates herself to collage in her work.
The material of her work comes from various sources, such as art, fashion or lifestyle magazines. The cutouts mix them with Japanese ink and color.
The materiality of the paper, its aging process and print quality play a central role in their artistic decisions and narratives.
Lupe Godoy’s collages of (re-) produced photographs explore the issues of abundance, art history, gender roles and ecology. They question our ideas of beauty, our image of the other and the stranger.
Today’s landscape painting must sharpen our view of the landscape, of the real existing and the inner, without disenchanting us. The utopian tension between what is and what could be, is an important impulse of my artistic creation and social change.
Landscapes become interchangeable, they lose their bulkiness, their authenticity and their peculiarities. The postindustrial landscape in town and country is a reproducible areal collage of recreation facilities, cultivated areas, traffic routes and standardized architecture.
As an artistic technique, I use painting and collage in order to artistically overstate and alienate this utopian tension, on the other hand the trend of unification.
Vernissage: Friday, 20th May 2018, 07:00 p.m.
Exhibition period: Saturday, 26th May to Sunday, 17th June 2018
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