until 17.02. | #2340ARTatBerlin | Galerie VEREIN BERLINER KÜNSTLER presents from 25th January 2019 the exhibition INITIATION | DIE NEUEN 2018 (THE NEW 2018), with artworks by eight new members of the VBK of 2018: Monika Funke Stern, Ute Deutz, Margret Holz, Joan Lazeanu, Astrid Roeken, Ruza Spak, Richard Stimmel and Karla Woisnitza (INGARTAN).
The 2019 exhibition year begins in the VEREIN BERLINER KÜNSTLER gallery with the presentation of eight new members who joined the VBK circle of artists in 2018. In the field of tension between media-communicative and different ways of working they show, in the exhibition: INITIATION Work complexes with reference to their current positions. VIDEO – PAINTING – PHOTOGRAPHY – SCULPTURE – DRAWING – PRINTING
Monika Funke Stern
“Monika Funke Stern explores our strange existence with poetic excursions through the world of images. The artist’s wide-ranging oeuvre encompasses the most diverse media – film, painting, photography, drawing, spatial installations”. (Dorothée Willert) As a median author, I am interested in transitions and mixed forms. Interferences and hybrids emerge.
www.monika-funke-stern.de | www.art-movie.de
The works of Ute Deutz are created in a conceptual framework, the thematic aspects of which often accompany them over several years. Here the artist deals primarily with human emotions and actions.
Often it is found objects, old photos or documents that are placed in a new context and thus become part of a newly told story. Text fragments or playful positions in the sculptures invite the viewer to engage in dialogue.
Sculpture, photography, video. Margret Holz moves between linear structures and compact bodies in her art. This tension is created by the confrontation with reality and by entering into something unknown. In her perception, the artist is challenged and asked to take a stand, to formulate something, namely art.
“Everything is in the making. Nothing is clear and yet something seems to take shape. The line draws its paths. It plays with itself, transforms from one structure to another; everything to keep the creative process moving. This love of movement is specific to our lives and is at the very beginning. I wonder what is the point of talking about themes when movement is creation itself”.
Astrid Roeken works with objects that seem to have become useless. There is nothing devalued or discarded for them. She places found objects in a new context, transforms things that others no longer need into art, and thereby brings them back to life. With her own mixture of seriousness, humour and irony, Astrid Roeken creates an aesthetic that sets standards in the art of our fragile affluent society.
Ruźa Spak’s works generate emotions and reason equally. Realism and abstraction permeate each other. In this way, moments of greatest concentration are created in front of changing, colorful backgrounds with ever new moods and interpretations.
Ruźa Spak studied at the Akadenie der Künste Hamburg and the Hochschule der Künste Berlin. DAAD scholarship Italy Rome.
Stimmel’s art is characterized by philosophical and social themes. Already at the age of 18, he painted a cycle of large-format pictures entitled Wir sind Tote auf Urlaub (We are dead on vacation). From 1985 to 1995 he created a ceramic cycle entitled Im Bann der Medusa. In his painting Stimmel shows a wide spectrum of religious-critical and political themes. We are Pabst, Gods, Angels and Demons, The Weeping Pabst are some of his themes.
Karla Woisnitza (INGARTAN)
What I want to say, I write down or I pronounce. Before that lies a long path of uncertainty, experiences, impressions. The visual arts, and thus not only my own production, help me to remain in complex communication with the visible and the invisible, as well as to courageously enter the unknown.
Vernissage: Friday, 25th January 2019, 7:00 p.m.
Ausstellungsdaten: Saturday, 26. January – Sunday, 17th November 2019
ARTS CLUB BERLIN: Monday,4th February 2019, 7:30 p.m.: Artist Talk, INITIATION – Statements by the artists, DiscussionZur Galerie Verein Berliner Künstler
Image caption Courtesy of Galerie Verein Berliner Künstler © M. Holz
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