until 25.03. | #1885ARTatBerlin | Künstlerhaus Bethanien shows from 2nd March 2018 the exhibition “Out of Touch / Out of Time” by the artists Aneta Kajzer and Manuel Stehli. The exhibition is curated by Carina Bukuts.
The Winsor & Netwon Fellows Aneta Kajzer and Manuel Stehli’s double exhibition “Out of Touch / Out of Time” are juxtaposed with two painterly positions which, in their distinction, posit a relationship to one another. The slash in the title can be read according to Roland Barthes as a connecting as well as a separating element. At first glance, it first separates Aneta Kajzer’s exhibition “Out of Touch” from Manuel Stehli’s exhibition “Out of Time”. At the same time, it represents the sum of two solo exhibitions, which make commonalities as well as differences visible and negotiate the meeting of two artistic positions as such.
The painting by Aneta Kajzer is a history of abstraction from figuration. On large-format canvases, the artist experiments with contrasting color compositions and develops her motifs only in an intuitive process by applying layers of paint for color layers, mixing them together and possibly scraping them down again. The result is an imagery that alternates between humor and seriousness. The oversized figures that Aneta Kajzer paints evade any normativity. They have deformed limbs and weird-looking faces. They move on the threshold between ugliness and wit. In Manuel Stehli’s paintings, the surface serves as a means of isolation. In his painting, there seems to be no narration or temporality, but in it the space dominates. Using subdued colors and hard edges, Stehli manages to immerse eschatological landscapes as well as figures in an atmosphere of ambivalence. The poses in which the persons depicted remain initially stereotyped and self-confident, but with a second glance, this supposed exhibitionism turns out to be a voyeurism to which the figures seem exposed as pictorial motifs – always presented and exhibited in an interplay of themselves. The composition becomes a sociological field of experimentation in that the relationships of the figures to each other can always be renegotiated by subtle changes.
In “Out of Touch / Out of Time”, the observer is confronted with his own expectations in search of a clear statement of the works. After all, it is precisely the ambiguous readability of the images that unites the two artistic positions of Kajzer and Stehli despite their formal differences.
As part of the exhibition, a panel titled “Who’s Afraid of Red, Yellow and Blue” will take place on 15.03.2018 at 19.00: among others with Carsten Fock (artist), Katharina Martinelli (Roeck Restoration) and Christoph Tannert (Artistic Head of Künstlerhaus Bethanien).
Aneta Kajzer (*1989 in Katowice, Poland) | 2011 – 2017 Study of Fine Arts in Mainz with Prof. Anne Berning, Prof. John Skoog & Prof. Shannon Bool | Exhibitions: u.a. LABOR Opel Villas Ruesselsheim | Caos Art Gallery Venice | Showroom Spinnerei Leipzig | www.anetakajzer.de
Manuel Stehli (*1988 in Zurich, Switzerland) | 2008 – 2014 Academy of Visual Arts Leipzig (class Anenette Schröter) | 2011 – 2012 Camberwell College of Arts, London (Class Daniel Sturgis) | Exhibitions: u.a. Museum Haus Konstruktiv Zurich | Bistro 21 Leipzig | Gallery Rundgänger Frankfurt | hwww.manuelstehli.com
Carina Bukuts works as a curator and author in Frankfurt am Main and Berlin. She is the founder of the online platform PASSE AVANT, writes u.a. Art critic for the magazine KubaParis and since 2017 has been teaching at the Kunsthochschule Mainz.
The funding program
As part of the academic program The Fine Art Collective, selected professors have been chosen since this year and professors of painting invited for two residency scholarships annually at Künstlerhaus Bethanien to recommend outstanding artistic positions in their graduating classes. At the heart of the work of The Fine Art Collective is the promotion of professional exchange and dialogue with artists.
Vernissage: Thursday, March 1st 2018, 07:00 p.m.
Exhibition period: Friday, March 2nd to Sunday, March 25th 2018
Panel: Thursday, March 15th 2018, 07:00 p.m., „Who is afraid of Red, Yellow and Blue“Zum Künstlerhaus Bethanien
Image caption: Aneta Kajzer, I’ve got no brain baby, 2017 © Aneta Kajzer (links) / Manuel Stehli, ohne Titel, 2018 © Manuel Stehli (rechts)
Exhibition Aneta Kajzer + Manuel Stehli – Künstlerhaus Bethanien | ART at Berlin