PHILIPP LACHENMANN, MATTHIAS MEYER, YIGAL OZERI, STEFAN HUNSTEIN, JAN DAVIDOFF, ANNA KRAMMIG, ROLF WALZ, DIETER REHM, JULIO RONDO, ANNA NAVASARDIAN,
GERHARD RICHTER and SIGMAR POLKE
Opening: Thursday, February 4 2016 at 7.00 p.m.
Duration of the Exhibition: February 5 to April 2, 2016
Based on the French translation of the style concept Chiaroscuro, the exhibition Claire Obscure is devoted to contemporary artworks, which are especially marked by their play with a brightness darkness contrast.
Interpreting the concept as a since the Renaissance prevalent aesthetic technique to dramatize and vitalize the scene by bathing the motif in light against a dark background does, however, not exhaust the possible readings of Clair-obscur. The dichotomy `bright dark’ is not the only characteristic to be found in the shown works of the Gallery’s artists, but their concomitant optic clarity as well as their substantive ambiguity comes also to fruition.
In the first instance the visitor of the exhibition Claire Obscure sees herself confronted with works that appear in their superficial, decorative aesthetic immediately accessible. Despite a commonly dark coloring and a romantic and mysterious charm the works still allow to be understood and felt in a from postmodern art discourses and from an autonomous aesthetic removed manner.
The contemporary artists construe their reality mimetically and abstract and share in this one basic axiom:
There is no certainty, no clarity, no truth, neither in the world, nor in art. There is only the devotion to one’s own truth, an always-subjective beauty.
This becomes apparent especially in the photographic works: While in Philipp Lachenmann’s black surfers the artificiality of a world like Los Angeles is mirrored in the presentation of the figures, Dieter Rehm succeeds to portray in his documentary photography reality in its unreality and its artificial character. Also Stefan Hunstein sees himself as a magician, who captures in the art of photography the invisible reality, and opens his work to experience it like a poem.
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