until 30.07. | #3514ARTatBerlin| Galerie Inga Kondeyne – Raum für Zeichnung presents from 1st July 2022 the exhibition Duett: Zaunkönig und Strassenköter (Duet: Wrens and Street Dogs) with drawings by the artist James Bockelman.
During his month-long stay in Berlin from January to now, James Bockelman absorbed the atmosphere of the city. Two portfolios of drawings now face each other in the exhibition. Called Street Dogs, they capture both the visual character of the posters and the meandering process of tracking down and sifting through potential drawing material. Dog-eared and chewed around the edges, the history of the weather remains visible on these posters as a built-in system: wrinkles, dried glue and road debris lie on the surfaces. Dragging a black permanent marker back and forth is not an annulment, but a means by which these three-dimensional qualities become more apparent. The marker mimics the passage of time. It is a pace that registers the subtle and not so subtle irregularities of surface wear and transforms the real texture into a two-dimensional image.
Schattenparken, Graphit, Aquarell auf Papier, 37 x 27,5 cm
Wrens is the second title of small-format notations on moleskin, a sketchbook paper. This paper does not accept water media nor any kind of aggressive markings. In response to this, James Bockelman developed his own limitations. Almost all drawings have a central image surrounded by white space. In addition, quick gestures create a balance between passages of brushed watercolour and etched lines or torn paper – even where graphite dust is caught in a recalcitrant field of wax. As if touching down briefly before taking off again, shadows appear in a flicker that preserves the flow and energy of material substance.
Eselsohren, 2022, Permanentmarker auf gefundenem Plakat, 57 x 60,5 cm
James Bockelman’s work has been represented by Lo River Arts Gallery in Beacon, New York, Karolyn Sherwood Gallery in Des Moines and Circuitous Succession Gallery in Memphis. In addition to group exhibitions throughout the Midwest, Bockelman’s work has been included in solo exhibitions at the Sheldon Memorial Museum of Art in Lincoln, the Museum of Nebraska Art in Kearney, the Norfolk Arts Center in Norfolk, Nebraska, and Kunstoffice in Berlin, Germany. He was the recipient of the Nebraska Arts Fellowship Award in 2007 and 2015 and had his work included in the exhibition Art Seen: A Juried Exhibition of Artists from Omaha to Lincoln at the Joslyn Museum of Art in Omaha. His drawings were included in the exhibition The Body of Drawing: The Touch of Density in Hamburg, Focus on Abstraction: High Bunga Low in Berlin. His most recent curatorial project, Drawing Performance: Abstraction from Berlin and the United States, was a collaboration with seven artists from Berlin and six artists from the United States, an exhibition that was shown at two venues in Nebraska before coming to Berlin for its final stop at Galerie Inga Kondeyne.
Bockelman earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in painting from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, USA, in 1997. He is a professor of painting and drawing at Concordia University Nebraska, where he also serves as curator for the Marxhausen Gallery of Art. James Bockelmann was born in 1965 in Hebron, Nebraska, USA. He lives in Seward, Nebraska USA.
Opening: Friday, 1 July 2022, 6 to 8 p.m.
Exhibition dates: Friday, 1 July to Saturday, 30 July 2022
The Wichtendahl Galerie is showing parallel paper worlds by Alexandra Deutsch and Aja von Loeper.To the Gallery
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