until 19.01. | #3720ARTatBerlin | Galerie feinart berlin shows from 1. December 2022 the exhibition Sibyl Smile. Under this exhibition title current works by C.D. Aschaffenburg and Maria Wirth meet, full of relish, raising questions and with a fascination for everything mysterious, ambiguous and absurd thing in human existence and thinking.
If works of art had a smile, it would often be a Sibyllic one. Sibyls, the seers of ancient Greek mythology, only answered the questions about the weal and woe of fate with hints or riddles and sometimes dismissed their guests with the ambiguity of a mere smile. Her profession was no clarification or explanation. Rather, they handed the responsibility of thinking and interpreting directly (like a mirror?) back to those seeking advice.
The reference to this ancient motif emphasizes an essential common endeavor of the two artists in the exhibition, namely raising questions or not allowing them to rest, i.e. stimulating the desire to ask questions instead of answering them, combined with the fascination for everything mysterious , ambiguous, absurd in the being and thinking of man.
The experimental film artist and painter C.D. Aschaffenburg (*1953) realizes this idea in a special combination of contemporary magic realism and experiments in the field of expanded painting. His condensed pictorial compositions, linked here and there with quotations from art history from ancient mythology to classical modernism, unfold ambiguous worlds full of fantasy, wit and irony.
The paintings by the artist Maria Wirth (*1987) are inspired by ancient mythologies and surrealistic ideas, but always circling the border between abstraction and representation, confronted with substances of an own “logic” such as shellac, glue, ash and plant materials. Femininity, corporeality, intimacy and crossing over human(istic) and animal identity categories are among the central themes of her artistic work.
Every smile is a possible re-enchantment of the world.
Every smile is seduction and at the same time wanting to be seduced.
Every smile is a proof of the irredeemability of the hope for the unequivocal truth.
Every work of art is a potential smile.
Vernissage: Thursday 1 December 2022, 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., at 7:00 p.m. Introduction by Frank W. Weber/ ARATORA, visual and conceptual artist, curator and lecturer.
Cello concert: Saturday 17 December 2022, at 7:00 pm, in dialogue with the images in the exhibition, Anton Peisakhov improvises on the cello to sound designs from his own compositions
Exhibition dates: Thursday, 01 December 2022 to Thursday, 19 January 2023
Finissage: Thursday, 19 January 2023, 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.To the gallery
Bildunterschrift Titelbild: Links: C.D. Aschaffenburg, Zirze, 2022 | Rechts: Maria Wirth, Die Schläferin, 2022 © feinartberlin
Exhibition C.D. Aschaffenburg + Maria Wirth – Galerie feinart berlin | Zeitgenössische Kunst Berlin – Contemporary Art – Exhibitions Berlin Galleries | ART at Berlin