C+K Galerie presents within the Positions Art Fair Berlin artworks by the artists Axel Anklam, Angelika Arendt, Ali Kaaf, Roland Stratmann und Roger Wardin.
We present the positions of five international artists in our gallery programme. Their positions range from painting, through drawing and conceptual works with used postcards, to sculpture. Their artworks have been shown in numerous international exhibitions and are included in various renowned collections.
Characteristic of the sculptor Axel Anklam are his works, which are reduced to archetypes, oscillating between weightlessness and mass. In his sculptures he stretches layers, membrane-like, one over another, on a skeletal steel frame. Here he has used contemporary materials such as GRP, epoxy resin or carbon. His works are characterized by an extraordinary harmony, which looks back to classical antiquity. /Axel was born in Wriezen/Brandenburg, he studied sculpture at the renowned academies Burg Giebichenstein University of Art and Design Halle and at the University of the Arts in Berlin, where he received his degree under Tony Cragg. He gained First Prize in the Percent-for-Art Competition for the new building of the Bundesministeriums für Bildung und Forschung [Federal Ministry of Education and Research] in Berlin („Eunomia macrocosmica Σ3“). Anklam’s works are included in the collections of Neues Museum Weimar – Klassik Stiftung Weima and Botanischer Garten Saraburi, Bangkok/Thailand et al.
Plant-like structures and delicate ornamentation dominate the miniature-like ink drawings and sculptures by Angelika Arendt. With their exuberant forms, her drawings and plastic works recall the processes of growth in nature and vegetation, amorphous structures combined with geometric forms. Her works are characterised by an intense degree of concentration, detailed elaboration and precision. /Angelika was born 1975 in Böblingen, she studied textile design at the University of Applied Sciences Reutlingen, Germany and at the National College of Art & Design, Dublin; then she studied painting at the State Academy of Fine Arts, with Prof. Helmut Dorner. In 2014 she received the Förderpreis der Berlin Hyp (POSITIONS BERLIN 2014); her works are included in various collections, for example Sammlung Hartmann, Bregenz, Austria, Sammlung Würth, Künzelsau and Arp Museum Bahnhof Rolandseck, Remagen.
The Syrian-German artist Ali Kaaf is a global commuter who travels between cultures. His artistic expression is informed by the traditions of European and Arabic cultures alike. In a protracted process he puts different inks over each other, creating depth and new spatial structures that engender empty spaces, giving room for new thought. In his “Rift” series, for example, he aims at locating the terms of separation and conditions for reunification by juxtaposing two layers of paper (Bütten), interlacing them through pointed tearing or cauterisation. Other large-scale works on paper, such as the series “Kleid” (Dress), are reminiscent of valuable fabrics, brocade or tapestries but they are woven only with layers of inks. Working exclusively in black-and-white and in abstract minimalist forms, he creates pieces with an extraordinary power. At the venue Kühlhaus Berlin one can currently experience his large video installation “Box of Pain”. / He was born 1977 in Oran, Algeria as Syrian, he studied at the École des Beaux Arts, Beirut und at the University of Arts Berlin with Rebecca Horn. His works are included in numerous collections as for example Collection Solidere Beirut, Libanon, Museum für Islamische Kunst, Berlin, Peter Raue Sammlung, Berlin.
Roland Stratmann makes use of handwritten postcards, which he buys in second-hand bookshops. He merges them with his own conceptual reflections to create large-scale works which he paints over with ink, language and quotations from the script written on the postcards. Especially for our presentation at the Positions Berlin art fair 2016 he creates the brand new piece “I look for you”. In subtle interconnections and overlaps, he is concerned with the issues of racism and colonialism. It is characteristic of the artist that he deals not only with the banal but also with the brisance themes of politics and society. Stratmann engages with the flood of pictures which reach us through the media, offering them up for discussion and debate. /He was born in Weseke (NRW), he studied at University of Arts Berlin; his works are included in following collections Sammlung Kupferstichkabinett, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Staatliche Graphische Sammlung Pinakothek der Moderne, München, Kunstmuseum Bonn, Cobra Museum voor moderne Kunst, Amsterdam et al.
Vernissage: Thursday, 15th September 2016, 06:00 – 10:00 p.m.
Exhibition period: Thursday, 15th September – Sunday, 18th September 2016
WHERE? Postbahnhof am Ostbahnhof/ Straße der Pariser Kommune 8, 10243 Berlin
Image caption: Roger Wardin, „Gesang der Geister über den Wassern“ (Reihe), 2015, Silicon, Acryl, Staub, Sacharid, Öl u.a. auf Lwd., 120 x 100 cm
Exhibition Positions – C+K Galerie – Kunst in Berlin ART at Berlin