until 14.11. | #0234ARTatBerlin | Laura Mars Gallery is looking forward to the two solo shows on its premises by Berlin‐based artists Frank Maier and DAG.
At a glance, both artists’ works seem quite akin – as though they were speaking the same language. At closer inspection, however, their approaches do differ quite considerably.
DAG’s pictures unfold their fascination between the poles of abstraction and concretion, as well as of closeness and distance. With him the morphogenesis is an open process which may, always depending on occasion and local challenge, seek its direction one time as a panel, another time as the color‐form gradient of a mural. He ushers his audience across generously and variously designed structural fields. From tinyness to monumentality, from plane into space. From a micro foundation DAG deduces his macro models. One is interlocked with the other. Microcosm is macrocosm and vice versa. All the while he leaves the viewer room to breathe and comprehend the details’ beauty. The wonder of mutation, the functionality of the optimal form. Minimal and compact.
Frank Maier’s path to painting went via sculpture and is as such intrinsically determined by sculptural/physical issues. This is reflected not in the least by the fact that all pictorial works are in addition mounted on painted wooden boxes of a slightly smaller size than the respective pictures. Thus they seem on the one hand almost to float, yet at the same time accentuate their character as physical bodies, as containers. In his painting the line acquires decisive significance. Thread‐like it spans the painted area, has a bearing to, connects, cuts and undercuts the geometric elements. For his pictorial fields Maier designs possible courses of the game which, however, never come down to any definite result but invent themselves as gliding constellations. Each picture is an echo of another picture and questions its own conditions. Exactly that.
DAG (* 1964) in Eberswalde, Germany, lives and works in Berlin. Exhibitions (selection): 2015 PS Projectspace, Amsterdam (G); Marie Kirkegaard Gallery, Copenhagen (G) 2014 Double Take (with Peter K. Koch), Museum Junge Kunst, Frankfurt / Oder; Please Don’t Kill My Vibe … (with Rebecca Michaelis), Kunsthaus Erfurt 2013 PROP, Laura Mars Gallery, Berlin 2012
Rasterfahndung, Kunstmuseum Stuttgart (G); réaction en chaîne 002. Galerie du Tableau, Marseille, France (G); Alles Wasser, Galerie Mikael Andersen, Berlin (G); new abstractions, WTC, Hamburg (G); slowburn, Galerie hanfweihnacht, Frankfurt (S) 2011 Inclusion. Laura Mars Grp., Berlin (S); Kettenreaktion, Kunsthaus Erfurt (G); 2009 Kunstruimte 09. Amsterdam (G) Publications (selection): DAG Slow Burn works of the years 2011 – 2015; Tracing the Grid. The Grid in Art after 1945, catalogue Kunstmuseum Stuttgart; Dr. Ulrike Groos and Simone Schimpf (ed.), Winand Verlag 2012; DAG ‐ Inclusion, Fantôme Verlag 2010; DAG ‐ If you know, Gutleut Verlag 2005
Frank Maier (*1966) in Stuttgart, Deutschland, lives and works in Berlin. Exhibitions (selection): 2015 Mon Amour, Galerie
Ambacher Contemporary, Munich (S); Be Abstract, L’oiseau présente, Berlin/Kunstverein Schwäbisch Hall (G) 2014 In Place of a Trophy, Beers Contemporary, London (G); New York Exhibition / Launch for the 100 Painters of Tomorrow, One Art Space, New York (G); salondergegenwart, Hamburg (G) 2013 Das Abenteuer der Kunst, Ambacher Contemporary, Munich (G) 2012 Related Structures (with Achim Sakic), Kienzle Art Foundation, Berlin (S); Subkutan, Galerie Cruise & Callas, Berlin (S); Chains, Horse, Berlin (G); Alternativ Entrance, Kunstbunker, Nuremberg (G); Berlin non objective, SNO contemporary projects, Sydney (G); Happy Fainting of Painting, Zwinger Galerie, Berlin (G) Publications (selection): 100 Painters of Tomorrow, Thames &´Hudson, Kurt Beers, London 2014; Re: … Situation (Konkret/Realität), Verlag Kettler 2013; A und E und Alter Ego, Kerber Verlag, Bielefeld 2010.
Vernissage: Freitag 16. Oktober 2015, 19:00 Uhr
Exhibiton period: Samstag, 17. Oktober bis Samstag, 14. November 2015Zur Laura Mars Gallery
Image caption: DAG – untitled, 2013 (detail), acrylic on canvas, 140 x 140 cm, Copyright by the artist. Courtesy Laura Mars Gallery
DAG & Frank Maier – Laura Mars Gallery – Kunst in Berlin ART@Berlin