until 29.05. | #2470ARTatBerlin | Galerie Martin Mertens presents from 23rd April 2019 the exhibition body dialogue by the artists Robert Bosisio and Gregor Gaida.
In 2015, we already confronted the works of the South Tyrolean painter Robert Bosisio (*1963) with the work of another artist. At that time the dialogue between the expressive figure paintings of the Romanian Radu Belcin took place and today they come into contact with the wooden figures of the sculptor Gregor Gaida (*1975), whose work we show for the first time in the gallery.
A striking object in the room is the sculpture Apheirophobia (the fear of infinity) – a work that does not reveal its secret at first glance. Only when one circles it does one discover that it is a male muscular back that is exactly mirrored three times. The work stands between the human body and abstraction. The human body is penetrated by geometric elements. Organic and geometry, nature and culture enter into a connection from which an independent object emerges.
We also show the two-part work Outliners which surely belongs to the most impressive and individual works of Gaida. The two guys (absolutely identical figures, which are only positioned differently in the room) are captivating because of their arrangement in the room and their naturalism. They inevitably enter into a strong connection with the surrounding space and the other objects or images in the space. The work created by the artist seems to be surprisingly autonomous and in turn to create a drawing in space out of itself, with which the pair of figures structure the entire exhibition space.
In a catalogue text, Dr. Ari Hartog rightly points out that Gaida basically treats his sculptures like a painter treats the canvas image or a photographic artist treats the photographic image by radically cutting the motif and fragmenting and altering the human torso in such a way that it only serves as a starting material for creating a completely autonomous object that is subject to its own rules or only to the artist’s creative will.
This approach can certainly be compared to the way Robert Bosisio works, whose works are also often based on photographs, but almost completely emancipate themselves from them and, in the course of the painting process, increasingly recede into the background in order to give space to the painting surface, the structure and the tremendously subtle coloration. Bosisio develops his paintings over a very long period of time by constantly applying new layers of paint (up to 20 layers), scraping off or washing off parts, and interweaving materials such as pure pigment, sand, ash, and a wide variety of color materials. A belly button can also become a motif that fills the image. Common to all pictures is the oscillation between the objective motif and the disappearance of the motif in favor of the surface structure and the color sound in the picture.
The result is a highly complex image in which the portrayed or body parts appear distant and blurred behind a veil. This depersonalizes them and gives them something archetypal.
In this exhibition, the physical, three-dimensional force of Gaida’s sculptures contrasts with Bosisio’s very subtle works, which require more meditative observation.
Vernissage: Tuesday, 23rd April 2019, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Exhibition period: Tuesday, 23rd April – Wednesday, 29 May 2019
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Exhibition Robert Bosisio + Gregor Gaida – Galerie Martin Mertens | Zeitgenössische Kunst in Berlin | Contemporary Art | Exhibitions Berlin Galleries | ART at Berlin