until 24.04. | #2956ARTatBerlin | Galerie Martin Mertens presents since 23rd January 2021 the first solo show by the Düsseldorf painter Simone Lucas.
Due to the current situation, the gallery will remain closed for the time being and there will be no vernissage, but the exhibition is expected to be on view until mid-April. Martin Mertens and his team can still be reached by phone and email. Works can be purchased and collected by appointment.
Simone Lucas studied at the Düsseldorf Art Academy, where she was a master student of the painter Dieter Krieg, a representative of New Figuration.
In her dream-like pictorial worlds, she combines expressionist and surrealist elements to create a cosmos all of her own.
The exhibition deals above all (like many of her paintings) with the field of tension between interior and exterior space. It is like a slow inner eye journey through an entire cosmos/planetary system, with infinite possibilities and paths.
Lucas says: “These inner spaces (or the journeys through inner spaces) were certainly also created under the impression of this pandemic that blocks our outer space. The painting Space Traveller (the traveller on the turtle) has a similar theme: he’s slowly moving towards the constellation of the little bear that you can see in the window.”
The signs of the zodiac perhaps also form the bridge to the many small pictures in the exhibition that connect animals and humans. For Simone, they are a kind of research project that refers to Charles Darwin’s famous first sketch of an evolutionary family tree from 1837. This very simple, naively childlike and playful sketch is a symbol and illustration of systematic, scientific research. In this way, Lucas also combines art and science, while consciously trying to preserve a childlike view of images.
In this exhibition, interior spaces are not only to be understood as inner worlds in the mind, but also quite literally, because scenes very often appear in closed rooms or studio situations. One or more people create images or their own cosmos, which in turn can break all boundaries and refer to the outside, nature, the infinite expanse and diversity of life and possibilities.
Some of the new paintings look like an oversized painter’s palette on which the artist lets us understand how a motif slowly emerges from a rush of different colours under the painter’s hand. Lucas wants to make the process of painting and finding a picture visible. She makes it clear that every painting is an image (discovery) in which the artist’s eye appropriates reality and can shape it into something new at will. For example, the lady in the titular painting “The Slow Eye” is surrounded by planets or galaxy models, but transfers them into a rectangular spiral shape, thus giving priority to her own art-immanent laws over the laws of nature. The title of this painting is programmatic. It pleads for a closer look. The “slow eye” is called for again, the concentration on the essential in the constant noise of the media’s flood of images. In many of the pictures in her oeuvre – as in this one – Lucas deals with the role of women in society. She often uses female figures whose clothing is reminiscent of the end of the 19th or beginning of the 20th century, a time in which the foundations were laid for the social emancipation of women in education, science, profession and also in their role within the family.
Vernissage: cancelled due to current regulations
Exhibition dates: Saturday, 23 January until Saturday, 24 April 2021To the Gallery
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