Thinking out loud

19 November - 23 December 2021
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    Agnes Grochulska, Portrait with Aquamarine Outline, 2020.
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    A potpourri of diverse, international and versatile artists who keep the contemporary art world in excitement, the group exhibition THINKING OUT LOUD features a selection of works by 11 outstanding artists: Noah Becker, Agnes Grochulska, Gregory de la Haba, Gao Hang, Rhiannon Inman-Simpson, Royal Jarmon, Justine Otto, Richard Roth, Tracey Snelling, Houda Terjuman and Jordan West.

    The exhibition operates in a field of tension between different materials, styles and artist personalities focusing on current socio-cultural issues.

  • Agnes Grochulska and Tracey Snelling

    A view through the human skin and the concrete shell

     

    IN SEARCH OF FEELINGS AND THOUGHTS THAT CAN ONLY BE MADE VISIBLE ON CANVAS, AGNES GROCHULSKA’S ARTWORKS OFFER A GLIMPSE INTO THE HUMAN INNER LIFE, THAT IS HIDDEN BEHIND A FLESHY WALL. THESE PORTRAITS OFFER AN ARTISTIC FUSION OF BODY AND SPIRIT, USING A BEAUTIFUL IMPASTO TECHNIQUE, HIGH-CONTRAST AND FRAGMENTED OIL PAINT APPLICATION. THE MODELED FACES ACT LIKE MIRRORS FOR THE SOUL. HER PORTRAITS ARE PRECISELY EXECUTED COLOR STUDIES AND THEY ALSO REPRESENT PSYCHOLOGICAL STUDIES IN WHICH THE SITTER’S FEELINGS HAVE BEEN CAPTURED.

    Tracey Snelling’s monumental sculptures and installations provide sociological studies of places at a specific time in history. Snelling combines music, lights, and videos in her works - creating a precisely elaborated microcosm that unfolds within a room.

  • Gregory de la Haba and Gao Hang

    the juxtaposition of two diverging painting techniques and the new representation of the human body

     

    Gregory de la Haba works in a precise, naturalistic manner, one that could be attributed to the Old Masters, but through an unorthodox theme and controversial elements in his art, he reveals himself as a contemporary artist. With his still life, Gregory de la Haba sets the idea of a memento mori in order to interpret themes such as femininity and spirituality in a controversial way.

    Gao Hang’s figures, whose almost geometrical shapes boarder on the abstract, question the excessive use of social media within his generation and the current urge for self-representation.

  • Justine Otto and Rhiannon Inman-Simpson

    the visual dance between the abstract and the figurative

     

    Through their multi-layered painting technique, Justine Otto's paintings appear like excerpts from a dream, apparitions, and fabulous scenes enclosed in an imaginative atmospheric landscape. The artist uses pastel-colored contrasts which, due to their strong fragmentation, make the entire pictorial appearance similar to a collage-like painting.

    Rhiannon Inman-Simpson’s works are abstract paintings that contain highly artistic color studies: large color areas that alternately reveal structures and patterns. These are complex compositions that are witness to a skillful understanding of color – colors that perform a balanced dance on the surface.

  • Royal Jarmon, Richard Roth and Houda Terjuman

    3D shapes and forms that gradually become autonomous

     

     

    The American artist Royal Jarmon transforms geographical and natural elements into independent, shape-shifted, and redefined motifs. His art disposes of the traditional ideas of painting, combining street art with stylized painting.

    Richard Roth’s artworks are 3D paintings that are not only autonomous forms, but also display patterns and structures taken from West African fabric patterns, Zulu baskets, Navajo blankets, and early American quilts. These two-dimensional patterns when painted on 3D forms offer a sensational relationship with the reality - revealing a skillful play between object and painting.

    Houda Terjuman offers an approach to the entanglements of feelings that arise from emigration and the challenges of finding a new home. The artist presents small-format and detailed sculptures that reveal a pronounced sense of exclusion, nostalgia, and search for identity.

  • Noah Becker and Jordan West


     

     

    Noah Becker deals with socially critical themes hinting at topics such as ephemerality, addiction, and irony. In his paintings he combines stylized figures and street art elements within a surreal landscape in a socio-critical waY.

    Jordan West brings the idea of the fleeting moment into his painting and gives it a significant role. These paintings are simulacra that serve to create and to visually capture impressions of the sublime, isolation, dreams, memories, and visions - an extremely skillful play with reality.

     

  • FLASHING NEON LIGHTS, DREAMLIKE LANDSCAPES, AND STRIKING FACES. THE WORKS ARE SHOWN TOGETHER IN A CHALLENGING AND INSPIRING BLEND THAT IS EAGER TO BE DISCOVERED AND ALLOW THE VIEWER TO SEE A REFLEXION OF OUR CURRENT ZEITGEIST THROUGH CLEAR ARTISTIC PERSPECTIVES.