post-title Lucy Teasdale + Michael Markwick | Serious Play | Galerie Born Berlin | 20.04.-02.06.2018

Lucy Teasdale + Michael Markwick | Serious Play | Galerie Born Berlin | 20.04.-02.06.2018

Lucy Teasdale + Michael Markwick | Serious Play | Galerie Born Berlin | 20.04.-02.06.2018

Lucy Teasdale + Michael Markwick | Serious Play | Galerie Born Berlin | 20.04.-02.06.2018

until 02.06. | #1973ARTatBerlin | Galerie Born Berlin shows from 20th April 2018 the exhibition “Serious Play” with the artists Lucy Teasdale and Michael Markwick.

On visiting Lucy Teasdale in her studio in Berlin a few days ago I was immediately reminded of a visit I made to Uwe Kowski years ago. Back then, when Kowski was working on large canvases, there were small watercolors lying about his work space, sketches, ideas for possible large format realization.

At Lucy Teasdale’s the studio walls are hung with photos from newspapers and hand drawn sketches, a collection of ideas for possible new sculptures. One can follow the development of her ideas in the small clay forms, testing the potential for sculptural realization before the work on the larger format begins. However, the sketches and preliminary forms merely serve as a starting point, with the sculpture growing from out of itself. One senses the artist’s passion for the energy and movement of bodies, which she tests to the limit in her work, time and again.

Lucy Teasdale, Polo!, 2017,
Acrystal and brass, 52 x 28 x 28 cm

I have never inquired whether Michael Markwick makes sketches before starting work on a canvas. The drawings that I am familiar with are generally figurative, representational. In contrast, his paintings are abstracter. I imagine he has a sketch, an idea of the painting he intends to make in his mind’s eye. If one takes a look at Markwick’s canvases they would seem to confirm this idea. One has a sense that the work has grown steadily through the application of many layers of paint, with the painting subjected to a continual process of change until Markwick finally reaches the endpoint of the respective work.


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Michael Markwick , Poet Climbing out of the Earth, 2017,
Pigment, binder and mixed media on linen, 180 x 150 cm

His painting has much to do with landscapes, with space, with his pictures frequently featuring objects as well as architectonic elements. Thus Markwick arrives at a means of expression situated between abstraction and representational painting.

I am already looking forward to the dialogue between Lucy Teasdale and Michael Markwick’s work in the exhibition “Serious Play”.

Matthias Fuhrmann, March 2018


Vernissage: Thursday, 19th April 2018, 06:00 – 09:00 p.m.

Exhibition period: Friday, 20th April to Saturday, 2nd June 2018

Opening hours during Gallery Weekend 2018:

Thursday, 26. April: 13 – 20 Uhr

Friday, 27 April: 11 – 19 Uhr

Saturday, 28. April: 11-19 Uhr

Sunday,  29. April: 11 – 16 Uhr

Zur Galerie Born Berlin


Image caption: Courtesy Galerie Born Berlin – Oskar Manigk

Exhibition Lucy Teasdale + Michael Markwick – Galerie Born Berlin – Kunst in Berlin ART at Berlin


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