With their matte surfaces, gray scales and unclear motifs, the black-and- white photographs of the Belgian artist Dirk Braeckman (born in 1958) are utterly enigmatic. Working on the boundaries of the medium of photography, they combine fleetingness and substance, texture and distance. The pictures don’t tell stories, though one might be tempted to think so. Leaving the moment in which the image was captured behind, each work reveals the diffuse process behind its own creation.
Several of the new works featured at the exhibition in the Galerie Thomas Fischer were made for Dirk Braeckman’s recent show at de Appel arts center in Amsterdam. Included is also a recent film by the artist.
Friedemann Heckel – CERFEPTION
Friedemann Heckel’s three-dimensional work combines sculptural and photographic elements. He puts found objects on display, positions and re-positions bodies, images, and language. His drawings take a strong aesthetic and intuitive approach, often using rests of previous drawings as well as found and fictive words. Characters become abstract forms and lead to quasi-narratives, sense and nonsense, a mixture of writing and drawing.
„Painting Objects“ is, depending on one’s perspective, a more familiar or more detached look at painting. The exhibition features pictures that have become objects − pictures created by time, coincidence or discovery. Layers of varnish, spray mist, folds of fabric or dye powders stop the eyes from penetrating deeper into the image. The works concentrate more on the edges of the picture, on the surface and its presence in real space.
With works by Joachim Bandau, Marcel Frey, Federico Maddalozzo, Marie Reinert and Barbara Trautmann.
Joachim Bandau – Between A and Z
The exhibition “Between A and Z” contains three bodies of work by Joachim Bandau (b. 1936 in Cologne). In addition to new wall works coated in Burmese Bagan lacquer, Bandau exhibits watercolors in which he condenses layer upon layer of thin washes of paint to create deep black forms. In the center of the exhibition stands the sculpture “Silbernes Monstrum” from 1970-71. It belongs to a series of mobile sculptures made from fiberglass that Bandau has been creating since the late 1960’s. An aggregate of diverse modules, “Silbernes Monstrum” resembles a hybrid of man, machine, and design-object.