until 18.02. | #0973ARTatBerlin | Galerie Martin Mertens shows from 14th January 2017 the exhibition “macula” by the artists Olga Jakob and Tim Bohlender.
Galerie Martin Mertens begins the new year by presenting two young artists, both of whom studied at the Kunstakademie in Karlsruhe. Even if the works do not immediately evoke thoughts of painting at first glance, both of their recent “pictorial objects” have developed from painting.
Instead of a paintbrush, Olga Jakob uses textiles to create her works. Because of the close relationship people already have with textiles and because they do not come into contact with any other material as intensively or as long as with fabric, it is a very obvious choice of material for the artist. She herself says: “I see a strength in the lack of distance, as it carries a sense of familiarity and implicitness with it. This immediacy of the material is the starting point of my artistic practice. Fabric is a universal language with a global context.” Colour only appears in her works as a monochrome surface which is often very reduced, in grey tones or in very discreet “quiet” colours. Structures emerge from the surface of her very tactile fabric works, that are so tempting to touch. Structures that offer opportunity for associations: cryptic symbols, foreign characters or traces of organic life. Through this, her works become more sculptural reliefs than classical images.
While studying, Tim Bohlender also found a completely autonomous pictorial form that is based on painting. He uses industrially made tiles as the bearer of his paintings. After the painting process, the tiles are glazed in order to restore them to their original ceramic quality. “Tim Bohlender’s paintings prompt one’s attention twice over. There is the materiality, the procedural side of every work: the “how”, the size and the thickness of the object, the kind of paint application, etc. Then there is what one sees or believes to see. Letters, symbols of a playing card, the pattern of a fabric. The artist takes well-known objects and extracts their abstract qualities. It is the tension between these two poles that is found in the paintings by Tim Bohlender.” (Marijke van Warmerdam)
Although both artists work with very different materials – namely the soft, flexible fabrics of Jakob’s work and the hard, cool ceramics of Bohlender’s – their image language is quite connected as it moves between codes and fragments that offer much room for interpretation.
Vernissage: Saturday, 14th January 2017, 6 to 9 p.m.
Exhibition period: Saturday, 14th January to Saturday, 18th February 2017Zur Galerie MARTIN MERTENS
Image caption: via Galerie Martin Mertens, Tim Bohlender + Olga Jakob
Exhibition Tim Bohlender + Olga Jakob – Galerie Martin Mertens – Kunst in Berlin ART at Berlin