Galerie Jochen Hempel | Berlin
Opening Friday, 19. Sept 2014, 6 - 9 pm

The Sky Is Blue in Some Other Way: A Diagram of a Possible Misreading
group show curated by Adam Budak | Elba Benitez Gallery Madrid | 04-06 2014

“The Sky is Blue in Some Other Way: A Diagram of a Possible Misreading”, features a selection of artists, primarily from Central and Eastern Europe, spanning different generations yet grounded in the shared contemporary traditions of abstract, conceptual and minimal art. The work on view ranges across a variety of media -- including painting, drawing, photography, video and performance -- creating a multi-voiced dialogue between generations, media and local contexts. However, independent of their geographic origins or chosen medium, the artists in the exhibition share a critical position toward notions of history, identity and ideology, while at the same time engaging in a critical reevaluation of the contemporary conditions of displacement and discontinuity.
In the words of curator Adam Budak, the exhibition charts “how meaning is produced and subsequently deconstructed in a substitutive interplay of figures, images and voices, out of ruptures and folds of time and space or traps of ideological doctrine.”
Artists participating in the exhibition include Michał Budny, Liudvikas Buklys, Thea Djordjadze, Mekhitar Garabedian, István B. Gellér, Eva Kotátková, Mangelos, Dóra Maurer, Ewa Partum, Agnieszka Polska, Jiří Skála, Natalia Załuska
New Positions | Art Cologne | 04 2014
EXTRACT III | Kunstforeningen GL STRAND (DK) | 12 2013 - 01 2014

Installation view | © Alastair Philip Wiper
Diplomausstellung | Academy of Fine Arts Vienna | 06 2013
Minimal Compact | Vicken Parsons_Natalia Załuska_Anetta Mona Chişa & Lucia Tkáčová
Christine König Galerie | Vienna | 03-06 2013

Minimal: Reduction of formal language and color palette, evocation of nature scenes that are condensed into primary structures and abstracted. Geometric regularity and rich coloristic variations with pastel tones.

Compact: Concentration on small formats that focus the beholder’s gaze and intensify visual impressions. A certain vedute-like quality, in serial arrangements coalescing into a succession of moments of rising intensity, which, as if seen through a veil, still allow recognition of the contours of the real. Painting that is both concrete and illusionistic.

Minimal Compact: From widely diverging biographical and cultural backgrounds, the young Polish artist Natalia Załuska and the British Vicken Parsons have both come to cultivate an aesthetic of stringency and an art of quiet intensity. Pictures like haiku, giving rise to form, character and atmosphere, created with an attitude that could be described as désinvolture.

And in the midst of this artistic restraint, Clash! by Anetta Mona Chişa & Lucia Tkáčová: a pile of rocks, as if left ready for a bunch of street fighters or political activists with violent inclinations. At first glance this work also appears highly compact. Actually, the artists have created small porcelain sculptures and colored them with acrylic paints. They look like cobblestones, but are really hollow, fragile artifacts. While the little paintings by Załuska/Parsons, in relief-like protrusion, occasionally advance into the realm of the sculptural, the three-dimensional objects of Chişa & Tkáčová can be interpreted as an expansion of painting. The compact is fragile, that which is potentially threatening, vulnerable. The initial deception, and the correction of perception at second glance open an interesting dialectic between violence and danger, reality and illusion.

Thomas Miessgang, 2013