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Pigs & Pearls

10 - 25 August 2013

Opening on Friday, 9 August at 20:00h

abandoned landscapes under a brooding black sun,
demimondes in twilight inhabited by obscure figures,
mobile light and sound sculptures,
photographed neon-trash installations,
ironically pixelated animal analogies,
tightrope walks between graphic jokes and painterly malignity

Facing these diverse artworks, the decision is left to the visitors: strange or great? Pig or Pearl?

Participating artists:

Matthias König
Richie Moment
Jan Pötter

Florian Rosier
Johanna Voigt
Sarina Walter

The show will be on display in the entry hall and far spaces. In the other two spaces on the ground floor, the artists-in-residence 2013 will parallely present their work.

Matthias König

Glimpse of Dawn, 2013

Matthias König is visual artist, sound artist, musician and composer/producer. König moves between fine art, sound art and music, searching for an amalgamation of these different media. His aim is to develop a new aesthetical language that creates a direct reaction of the viewer concerning the presented visual and acoustical elements. Thereby most important is the pure experience of form, colour, sound, light, space and atmosphere – and the transformation of the artwork during the interaction with the viewer. König’s artworks offer multiple possibilities of access to different dimensions and can be perceived in their whole form of appearance.

Richie Moment

Bedroomz, A1 Digital print, custom colour matched frames

Richie Moment is a bad artist.
Bad at art, bad at life and bad at love.
'They’re young...they’re in love...and they kill people.' Bonnie and Clyde (1967)
'Everyone has one special thing.' Boogie Nights (1997)
'He’s a man of peace in a savage land...Suburbia.'  ‘Burbs, The (1989)

Jan Pötter

'Der Schrei des Tauchers' (2013), 170 x 140 cm , oil/acrylic paint on cotton

In his work Jan Pötter uses the form language of our daily flood of images. He is inspired by advertisement photography and snapshots as well as by kitsch and its stereotypes.
With the tools of a painter he explores the assumed chaos of our globalised and interconnected world as well as the role and the identity of the human in it. Pötter is fascinated by the areas of conflict between reason and emotion, rationality and instinct. The human being appears to him as a tragic figure. Humour plays an important role in Pötter’s paintings. A successful work thereby reverses the relation between subject and object. The work gazes inside us, not vice versa, and simultaneously asks about our identity. www.janpoetter.com

Florian Rosier

Florian Rosier uses the manipulation of images but in contradiction to images of mass culture screaming for attention, Rosier’s photographic works transport a sinister, endless silence while becoming an oasis of tranquility in our fast moving times. The original shot thereby only serves as a kind of sketch for the resulting image. A gateway between painting and photography is created. The assumed objectivity of the photograph gives way to the subjective perception of a moment and with that becomes a mirror of society as well as a window to the perception of the artist himself. www.florianrosier.blogspot.de

Johanna Voigt

For a long time painting was the focus of Johanna Voigt’s works but slowly it also changed to the media film and photography. Despite the constantly changing forms of expression, the artistic position remains the same. Every image tells its own story, gives us an insight in its own world that appears to us strange and very common at the same time. These are insights in internal and external, real and surreal seeming worlds which lay side by side equally important and equally true. www.johannavoigt.blogspot.de

Sarina Walter

Ohne Titel, 2012, 130x90cm, oil on canvas

Sarina Walter’s large-sized paintings identify themselves on the one hand by their sublimity as well as on the other hand by their absolute lethargy, the kitsch of low culture and the iconography of computer games. Through the simultaneity of these opposites, they are both intensified and questioned. In the artworks a kind of entity lacking clear form is described. Thereby irony as an important link in the works allows a free interplay between the extremes. www.papierkraken.de

Concept and Organisation: Leonie Herrmann, voluntary social service at the Kuenstlerhaus

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