until 16.12. | #0867ARTatBerlin | Galerie Anna25 presents from 05th November the exhibition “The new beginning” by the artist Holger Zimmermann.
Petticoats, quiffs, beautiful cars – The magazines from the 1950s are odes of consumption, the exuberance and carelessness of the post-war years. When Holger Zimmermann composes pictures from the catalogs and magazines to create new collages, the whole world seems suddenly threatened. The cheerful motifs appear almost scary when they are removed from their context and presented as a work of art. The pictures show a world behind the facade of the beautiful sparkle.
Holger Zimmermann’s collection of postcards, magazines and posters from the 1950s and 60s could be described as “An Archive of the Everyday World”. They serve the autodidact as a basis for his collages and digital prints. From portraits arise new faces, which seem strange and yet familiar. Two heads merge into a new one, the result is grotesque. It is a stale feeling that remains after viewing.
Inspired by the pop art and his representatives such as Andy Warhol and Robert Rauschenberg, Zimmermann dedicates himself to decades in his paintings around economic miracles and rock ‘n’ roll. Zimmermann shows cheerful motifs such as holiday scenes, frolicsome moments and social gathering in a blurred, rich in contrast and sometimes somber way. Removed from their function as advertising and reproduced on handmade paper, the motifs seem strange. The genuinely cheerful scenes are increasingly eerie. The mixture of nostalgic look in the good old times and the whimsical charm of the grotesque creates a unique atmosphere which won’t let go of the viewer.
The artist is not only attached to the themes and motifs of the pop art, but also in his complexity and range. Zimmermann is oriented towards the great artists of the consumer generation such as Warhol and Polke. Zimmermann uses digital processes to deal with the alienation in an even more radical way. In the series P.U.C. Holger Zimmermann takes portraits from the pin-ups of the 50s and 60s and changes them until they are almost unrecognizable. Human bodies and faces are still visible in the digital prints, but abstraction, intensified color and structure, the presentation of deconstruction and disintegration are given away.
Zimmermann repeatedly takes up those topics: Destruction, decay and oblivion. He knows: Even the cheerful hours are not any more than memories. When time passes unstoppably, it is the thoughts that remain. It does not matter, whether beautiful moments, loved ones or accustomed places, everything is subordinate to the offense. They can be preserved in the memory of a person as memories, however only for a short time. Gradually these will also fade. Holger Zimmermann’s work is a monument to the past. With his art, he calls for a mental journey into the past, but at the same time he makes the viewer aware: memories are not truths. In a falsified and glossed way, they are ultimately only subjective desires and hopes.
Vernissage: Friday, 04th November 2016, 7-10 p.m.
Exhibition period: Saturday, 05th November until Friday, 16th December 2016
Finissage: Friday, 16th December 2016, 6-9 p.m.Zur Galerie Anna25
Image caption: Dynamisch, 2015, Acryl auf Leinwand, 40 x 30 cm
Exhibition Holger Zimmermann – Anna25 – Kunst in Berlin ART at Berlin