until 10.04. | #2987ARTatBerlin | galerie weisser elefant currently presents the exhibition RESCATE / ERLÖSUNG with works by the artist Paula Carralero Bierzyñska, which are shown both in the gallery and in the nearby Monbijoupark. About 20 works can be seen on the trees around the hill in the park.
At the moment of eternity
Nathanaël R. Bartholomäus
„For when God said, Let there be light,
there arose the light of reason.“
Hildegard von Bingen
The artist Paula Carralero Bierzyñska, as her full name reveals, comes from different cultures. She lives in Berlin and also speaks several other languages. She studied at the Kunsthochschule Berlin-Weißensee from 2013 to 2019 and immediately received the Mart Stam Prize in her final year.
The term ‘Rescate’ as the title of the exhibition has the Spanish meaning of rescue, but also ransom. We translate it as RESCUE because her work is actually about our ‘detachment’, which she confronts with new connections to primal nature, thus also a wider perception of our existence.
Paula Carralero is looking for the connection to original nature, thus a wider perception of our existence. Like an actual revelation, she receives the knowledge of nature, enraptured and yet true. She conveys this by using an optical trick: painting on a transparent ground, known as reverse glass painting in sacred spaces.
Her bases are startlingly and obviously contemporary: mobile phone displays and laptop screens. On these she paints motifs of trees and greenery, fleeting as shadows or as a lofty breeze. Her gaze catches the light and weaves it into images, which she releases into free fall. The motifs change with the movement. The smooth surfaces are irksome and allow new images to flare up. It is positively visible that reality is derived from action. Like in a mirror that reflects itself a space without shadows opens up, reaching into boundless emptiness.
The materiality of the world is in fact only based on the fact that we do not perceive its ethereal structures. In these pictures, however, it seems as if the interstices of the immaterial concreteness between the objects becomes visible, hereby acknowledging quantum philosophy which states that matter is basically made of the same material as our ideas. Our artist does not intend to “get to the bottom” of things, but rather brings things into the energetic fields that permeate and move everything. Her senses are hereby deeply and delicately connected with everything that grows. Proverbially direct, she strives to find “an insight” and to carry it further as a personal experience of being.
At the same time, time is continuously updated in this work: it is not considered relative, in the sense of sometimes passing more slowly or more quickly, but rather it seems to not “pass” at all, continuing to work tirelessly, bearing traces and conveying ideas, sowing insights and allowing them to mature. “Panta rheï” doesn’t just mean that everything flows in time, that would be banal. Rather, nothing moves at all other than in the course of time. Especially now, when everything is universally, fluidly connected and will remain so for all eternity. Reality exists simply and entirely in the dynamism of “the now”.
The artist takes this literally by including fossilised organisms in her visions as naturally as branches and leaves blowing in the wind. Above all, however, her central theme is the eternal light, which from the very beginning creates earthly life and with it all the wealth with which we warm ourselves, nourish ourselves and grow. Thus this work adds a new dimension, a timelessness of reason, to her almost trivial weave of twigs, fleeting shadows and timeless fossils. By opening up this path for herself, the artist can create or receive new motifs like a rich harvest: perhaps in a moment of eternity. Perhaps now, for all time. With an inwardness that is not stillness… A beautiful and demanding work from which her own being radiates.
You always have to look for the motifs or focus them first, just as you usually have to put a screen in the “right light”. Only it is natural light, it is current and archaic motifs that we put together ourselves, which is definitely a creative act, resulting in an original impression of our own nature. Exhibiting these works also on trees in Monbijoupark (around the hill with the fireplace) results as naturally as with birds set free.
“I blaze at the beauty of the meadows, the shine in the waters.”
Hildegard von Bingen
Exhibition period: Saturday, 6th March to Saturday, 10th April 2021To the Gallery
Exhibition Paula Carralero Bierzyñska – galerie weisser elefant | Zeitgenössische Kunst Berlin Contemporary Art Exhibitions Berlin Galleries | ART at Berlin