Laetitia Gendre – abc art berlin contemporary 2013
The gallery participates in abc – art berlin contemporary 2013 with a solo presentation by Laetitia Gendre.
Her new installation “Butterfly” (2013), consists of a row of eight graphite drawings on canvas hung one after the other, on a large metallic structure. The drawings themselves depict views of constructed spaces, all representations of domestic habitats. The spaces are shown as bare arrangements of walls, floors, and stairs. Multiple views into this stratified space are available: from the sides, from the front of the installation, and through the cut-outs made into each drawing. While the structure recalls 19th-century paper theaters, the inner logic of the placement of the drawings – from foreground to background – is disturbed by the spatial incoherence and variable scales of the representations.
Double Bound Economies
“Double Bound Economies” is about reading an East German photo archive. This non-institutional archive was created between 1967 and 1990 by the freelance photographer Reinhard Mende, who was commissioned by various GDR combines and the trade fair in Leipzig. “Double Bound Economies” takes the proclamation of internationalism of the socialist production as starting point to thematize its economies, schizophrenia, gestures, contradictions, as well as its staged images, spaces and displays.
The exhibition shows artistic interventions into the archive and contributions by Tekle Belete, KP Brehmer, Seiichi Furuya, Allan Sekula, Noël Burch, Olaf Nicolai and The Otolith Group. “Double Bound Economies” is curated by Estelle Blaschke, Armin Linke und Doreen Mende.
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.