until 02.06. | #2003ARTatBerlin | Galerie Martin Mertens shows from 26th April 2018 the exhibition “New York” by the artist Daniel Bodner.
The American painter Daniel Bodner began painting in the mid-1980s in New York. His focus was on the human figure. With his move to Amsterdam in 1990, he became more concerned with the relationship between figure and surrounding space. From 2005, the representation of light and the question of how light can describe space and the human figure, or in certain cases also blur or dissolve, became increasingly important. His paintings increasingly took up formal aspects of photography, whereby Bodner is not concerned with imitating photographs, but with the aspect of the transience of photographs. The yellowing of old negatives and the chemical processes in his photographs became a central aspect of his paintings. In his pictures, he takes up photographic decay processes such as mold or oxidation as visible metaphors for human experiences such as loneliness, alienation, memory and longing.
The works in this group of works are the result of years of very fundamental study of the human figure in urban space. Bodner transfers fleeting New York street scenes and the barely perceptible glittering against the light into shimmering pictorial spaces of light and shadow. His cityscapes appear as if the light itself had burned into the canvas and the picture is not created by the brush.
Bodner lives in Amsterdam, New York and Easthampton Massachusetts.
At first glance, the paintings by Cologne artist Peer Boehm seem strangely familiar.
This is probably because many of the scenes depicted may remind us of our own family history or awaken memories of our own youth. Many motifs can be found in similar form in countless private photo albums – such as the “Hinterhofgang” from children/teenagers or the familiar moment with your best friend smoking your first cigarette. Many of the motifs used by Peer Boehm come from the USA, but can also be applied to Germany or many other countries.
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Peer Boehm: 01/IX/2016 (06. daheim ist am schönsten), 65 x 50 cm, Aquarell,
Tusche und Acryl auf Leinwand, 2016
The work process involves searching for photos on the Internet, digital processing on the PC and the step-by-step conversion into painting. In this process, the original image can change greatly and is subjected to the laws of painting. The materials ink and watercolour, which he mainly uses, are given space to create random structures. At the same time, they are reduced to a few very subtle colours. The motif is essentially composed of light-dark contrasts and leaves the viewer’s eye plenty of room to add fragmentary structures and perhaps link them with images from his own memory.
Vernissage: Thursday, 26th April 2018, 18:00 – 21:00 Uhr
Exhibition Period: Thursday, 26th April – Saturday 02nd Juni 2018
Zur Galerie MARTIN MERTENS
Image Caption: Daniel Bodner: Astor Place, 145 x 115 cm, Öl auf Leinwand, 2018
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