until 29.05. | #3048ARTatBerlin | lorch + seidel contemporary presents from 20th April 2021 in a temporary showroom at Potsdamer Straße 93 new works by Marta Klonowska, selected works by Wilken Skurk and new works on canvas and wood by Julius Weiland. In addition, the group exhibition The Lusty Month of May with works by various gallery artists will be shown.
Marta Klonowska – New works
Utagawa Hiroshige’s (1798-1858) traditional but visually innovative wood block prints captured the imagination and influenced a generation of French painters. His prints were collected by Monet, Manet and many others. It is Hiroshige’s depiction of a Carp (c 1840) that Klonowska reworks.
The original print shows a carp quietly swimming in a light blue sea, but only hints of that blue touch the outer edges of Klonowska’s green glass version of it. Her Carp after Utagawa Hiroshige looks as strong and firm as Hiroshige’s. The transition from two to three dimensions is another trick of the light, for Klonowska’s fish glistens as if it too is wet, as if its scales have become the small pieces of glass that flesh it out, as if a lucky fisherman has just landed the best catch of his life
Text: Michael Petry
Wilken Skurk – Selected works
What kind of formal language is this? Here, nothing is geometric. Wobbly lines, drawn freehand, ‘right angles’ that are nothing of the kind, flat surfaces that only pretend to be flat. Some parts seem to have evolved organically, others to have been carved erratically. The original emerged tentatively, bit by bit, without the benefit of a construction drawing, palpated by the hands of the sculptor (in this case more a modeler), welded from sheet steel, cut into nondescript bits, or punched out into coin-sized discs. All of the gaps were then filled, opening by opening, and the edges chamfered, grinded, planed, rounded. These forms
cannot be explained, defined, constructed, or anticipated. They are unexpected, unique, twisting and bending, they attract and repel one another. Clumsy, yet sensual in their awkward movements. Who would hesitate to touch them, to slide his hands across their surfaces?
Julius Weiland – New works on canvas and wood
In his latest series of works (on canvas and wood), Julius Weiland grapples with architectural representation in an expanded sense. His motifs – all of them icons of socialist modernism – are chosen and arranged with care, the point of view and framing of the image orchestrated with great deliberateness. Perspectival preliminary drawings facilitate revisions of the spatial composition. In some pictures, the construction lines have been painted over, in others they remain visible beneath layers of translucent pigment. The coloring process emerges now as the culmination and conclusion of the creative process. From the beginning, meanwhile, each picture is governed by an overarching concept, an intention, by a search for the essential, for a characteristic aesthetic and imagery. To some extent, the templates are still recognizable; to some extent, they are dissolved into structure, pattern, abstraction, color, and atmosphere. In his latest imagery, incidentally, Julius Weiland, endows the architectural culture of the GDR, once again, with genuine radiance.
The Lusty Month of May
With works by Heike Brachlow, Jens Gussek, Masami Hirohata, Dafna Kaffeman, Silvia Levenson, Judith Röder, Julius Weiland, Richard Whiteley.
Exhibiiton period: Tuesday, 20th April to Saturday, 29th May 2021
WHERE + WHEN? lorch+seidel temporary showroom, Potsdamer Straße 93, 10785 Berlin-Tiergarten, Tue – Sat 12:00 – 7:00pm and by arrangementTo the Gallery
Exhibition Marta Klonowska, Wilken Skurk, Julius Weiland – lorch + seidel contemporary | Zeitgenössische Kunst in Berlin | Contemporary Art | Exhibitions Berlin Galleries | ART at Berlin