until 11.07. | #2500ARTatBerlin | Laura Mars Gallery presents from 15th June 2019 the solo exhibition DOPE ON CANVAS by the Berlin artist DAG.
The dose makes the dope. The latest series of paintings by the Berlin artist DAG explores the fine line between ecstasy and crash, pleasure and hangover. From 15 June to 11 July 2019 it will be shown for the first time by the Laura Mars Gallery.
DAG’s latest works concentrate on lines that are loosely or condensed into lucid geometric objects. They stagger brightly in color on darkly set canvases, cross, overlap, form alliances and dissonances, entice the viewer to explore their own lights and shadows. Like layers of electronic music, the layers of lines overlap, are dissolved, rewritten, form parallel tracks in a compositional network. Following the ideas of Concrete Painting as formulated by Theo van Doesburg, DAG’s compositions are entirely concentrated on color and composition. They need no content, no art historical reference, when edges and angles, formations and surfaces incessantly change the direction of seeing, thinking and feeling. Because DAG’s pictures could be anything – traces, objects and at the same time their dissolution. “Subversion must create its own chiaroscuro,” writes Roland Barthes (The Pleasure of the Text, 1976).
DAG’s painting traces back to the fast, restless painting he created in the exploding Berlin club culture and transformed into rapid painting performances in the mid-1990s. As the figurehead of the admired Berlin music and art scene, which was picked up and copied everywhere, he toured the whole world. In the speed and intoxication of this time, DAG trained his consciousness for constellations, rhythm, dynamics and developed a characteristic style. After the club time, he experimented with various materials, which he preferred to find in the DIY store rather than in the artists’ supplies. He is interested in structures, forms and patterns, such as architecture, but also the fleeting nature of music or words. Translated into abstract surrogates, DAG draws them from the source ground of his canvases in recourse to his compositional intuition and sets them in constant motion.
The DAG catalogue will be published on the occasion of the exhibition. DOPE ON CANVAS with a text by Ulrike Pennewitz.
DAG (*1964) lives and works in Berlin. 1985- 1989 Studies of art education and German language and literature, Humboldt-Universität Berlin; seminars painting and graphic art, Kunsthochschule Berlin-Weißensee; 2004 foundation of the exhibition project glue (with Asim Chugtai), since 2010 in sole management. Exhibitions (selection): 2019 Dope on Canvas, Laura Mars Gallery, Berlin (S) 2018 Berlin Radio, Galeria Murilo Castro, Belo Horizonte, Brasil; Contemporary Contemplations, Arti et Amiciatae, Amsterdam; Doping, The Cube, Oxford Art Factory, Sydney, Australia; Echoes; Rosalux, Berlin, ES 47 Gallery, Sydney, Haw Contemporary, Kansas City, U.S.A.; Potatoes, Prunes and Prism – About Abstraction, Pavillon am Milchhof, Berlin 2017 disjunktion, Laura Mars Gallery, Berlin (S); It’s all over now 2, Weltecho, Chemnitz (S) Rausch, Schaufenster, Berlin 2016 It’s all over now, Bar Babette (autocenter), Berlin (S); Kaleidoskop, Ballhaus Ost, Berlin; Maximum Likelihood, Kunsthaus Erfurt; Geoff Stern Artspace, Berlin (S); Content Moderation, Laura Mars Gallery, Berlin 2015 Minimal Compact, Laura Mars Gallery, Berlin (S); PS Projectspace, Amsterdam; Marie Kirkegaard Gallery, Kopenhagen 2014 Double Take (mit Peter K. Koch), Museum Junge Kunst, Frankfurt / Oder; Please Don’t Kill My Vibe … (with Rebecca Michaelis), Kunsthaus Erfurt 2013 PROP, Laura Mars Gallery, Berlin 2012 Rasterfahndung, Kunstmuseum Stuttgart; réaction en chaîne 002, Galerie du Tableau, Marseille; Alles Wasser. Galerie Mikael Andersen, Berlin
Publications (selection): DAG. DOPE ON CANVAS, Ulrike Pennewitz (Text), 2019; Slow Burn works of the years 2011-2015, Christoph Tannert (Text); Rasterfahndung – Das Raster in der Kunst, Kunstmuseum Stuttgart, Dr. Ulrike Groos u. Simone Schimpf (Hrsg.), Winand Verlag 2012; Inclusion, Sebastian Preuss (Text), Fantôme Verlag, Berlin, 2010; If you know, Gutleut Verlag, Frankfurt, 2005
Vernissage: Friday, 14 June 2019, from 7 p.m., Music: F. Tausend
Exhibition period: Saturday, 15 June – Thursday, 11 July 2019Zur Laura Mars Gallery
Exhibition period DAG – DOPE ON CANVAS – Laura Mars Gallery | Contemporary Art Berlin | Exhibtions Galleries | ART at Berlin