Annual Summer FRESH! 2018 group show “ORDER AND CHAOS: THE WORLD OF THE ENLIGHTENED”

Annual Summer FRESH! 2018 group show

  • “ORDER AND CHAOS: THE WORLD OF THE ENLIGHTENED”

July 19th – Aug. 11th, 2018

Opening Vernissage Thursday, July 19th, 6-8pm

 

New York, NY … The annual summer group show FRESH! returns to JanKossen Contemporary, featuring works by 13 artists under the curatorial vision of “Order and Chaos: the World of the Enlightened”.

Artists have always played a role in voicing how the world is seen; they are critics disecting the concepts aesthetics, ideals of beauty, rationalism, tolerance and liberty. How do our artists see the world today? And what can we learn from their viewpoints ?

 

Artists were invited to explore and present their world viewpoints; to re-interpret what is considered truth (or not)and the realities around us. A diverse group of international emerging and established artists were selected, offering the viewers a range of distinct methods, media, materials and techniques.

 

Selected artists include Atsuko Chirikjian (USA), Eva Breitfuß (DE), Jarek Puczel (PL), Julie Rotblatt (USA), Leonid Filitsyan (USA), Matthew Mogle (USA),Michael Gatzke (DE), Michele Utley- Voigt (USA), Ryan Burns (USA), Soojin Choi (USA), Vanessa Kocking (USA), Ahron Weiner (USA), Mariela Lechin (USA)  and Trey Abdella(USA).

 


Abstraction has a strong presence in this show. Artists
Vanessa Kocking, Eva Breitfuß, Julie Rotblatt, Mariela Lechin and Ryan Burns use various media to create landscapes and explore both espiritual and physical elements of the today’s world. While Kocking creates an alternative space to reality building silent landscapes and characters emerging from experience, fantasy and an eternal existential pursuit; Breitfuß’ central concern is to understand, explore, transform and transport realities and energies of time, space and nature through art. While Burns’ artistic practice investigates society’s relationship with the natural world and climate change; Rotblatt works with various media with the aim to explore multiple dimensions of both the spiritual and physical withing the mind-body connection. In a world that constantly attempts to choose between extremes, Lechin paintings reflect the idea that contradictions coexist harmoniously as one.

 

 

Artists Leonid Filitsyan, Michele Utley- Voigt, Matthew Mogle explore the human condition in relation to personal experiences, emotion, fate and form. Utley- Voigt’s powerful paintings is a visulisation of our complex sense of self, which she translates into a claidascope using complex and intelligent technique of multiple layerered imagery. Mogle romanticizes narratives of the past, fused with his cynical and melancholic views of the present to explore the effects of chronic Lyme disease on the artist´s body. By contrast, the sculptor Leonid Filitsyan transforms and reforms what is given as the human form offering a new perspective of interpretation.

 

Jarek Puczel and Sooji Choi introduce a strong psychological component in their artwork creating ambiguous moments of dimensional perception. Puczel has a emotional but calming style reduced in shaped in color. Choi plays with the true character of objects, exploring its instability, its errors, or by being dismantled.

 

As artists of the 21st century Mitchel Gatzke,  Ahron Weiner and Trey Abdella analise society current issues. Using a monochromatic palette, the viewer is invited to participate in Gatzke’s atmospheric scenes; while Weiner uses newspaper and journalistic media as a medium to reflect and open a window into our collective consciousness. Conjoining relism and cartoons, Abdella creates cohesive scenes where cartoons are real and reality is distorted; offering us both an amusing yet disturbing interpretation of what is ailing in our society today.

 

Paying homage to cultural heritage, Atsuko Chirikjian works are steeped in tradition with a background working in materials. A canvas is for Chirikjian a three-dimensional construct; building her own canvas through the layering materials such as thread, wire, net, bamboo, twigs, and cheesecloth.

 

MONOCHROME

Monochrome, a curated group exhibition showcasing selected artists from JanKossen Contemporary’s international program, will be on view from May 31 – July 14, 2018 with an opening reception from 6-8pm on May 31, 2018. The exhibition will feature artworks by Troy Simmons (USA), Dieter Kränzlein (Germany), Antonio Marra (Italy), Park Byung-Hoon (South Korean/France), Alex Rane (USA/Italy), Hannah Quinlivan (Australia), and Ye Jin-Young (South Korea) which explore the concept of monochromatic abstract art. An online catalogue will accompany the exhibition.

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Troy Simmons. Evolve, 2016. Concrete, aluminum, acrylic. 60x36x18 inches

Monochromatic art has expanded since its inception in the early 20th century painting. The exploration of value and tonal changes are used to convey a wide variety of emotions and meaning today. Beginning in Moscow with Russian Suprematist artist Kazimir Malevich with his Black Square on a White Field (1915), monochromatic art works have seen a rapid growth, particularly in New York with the likes of abstract expressionists such as Ad Reinhardt in the 50s, to minimalism with artists such as Agnes Martin and Frank Stella in the 60s. Monochrome continues this tradition and pushes the boundaries of not only the physical materials used, but the range of emotions that they are able to express.

HannahQuinlivan_It started with a spark, 2017. 35x46x7in_88x116x18cm. LED light and anodised aluminium.
Hannah Quinlivan. It Started with a Spark, 2017. LED light and anodized aluminum. 60x36x18 inches

The abstraction of form, however, does not equal a simplification of thought. By removing the chromatic range of an object, the artist encourages the viewer to fully absorb the subtle nuances in surface texture and shade, as seen in Troy Simmons’ mixed media works, as well as Alex Rane and Dieter Kränzlein’s marble sculptures. Even comparing two monochromatic abstracted sculptures, the viewer is presented with two radically different works, from the geometric abstractions of Kränzlein to the surreal abstracted figures of Alex Rane. Without the distraction of colors, viewers are also able to see the subtle surface quality as well as the artists’ application and control of materials. Although nostalgic of Frank Stella’s vibrantly colored geometric works, Antonio Marra further enhances the experience of abstraction by injecting a shock of unexpected color in an otherwise monochromatic piece.

Black and white are not true colors, but shades meant to distinguish tonal value. Traditionally these shades were made by using paint. However, even this aspect is expanded in “Monochrome” group show. Instead of mixing paints, Hannah Quinlivan employs LEDs to create shades generating through the interaction between lights and shadows. Troy Simmons and Ye Jin-young put a stronger emphasis on what can be seen from the expressive, energetic shapes to the delicate, hand-pulled clay petals.

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The Ethereal Stone

Presenting a dichotomy of weight and ethereality, the work of Schmitz-Schmelzer and Kränzlein transforms foundational building materials into delicate defiances of gravity. Employing wood and stone, the artists offer an extraordinary translation of cumbersome mass into ethereal buoyancy.

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Drawing inspiration from nature and ancient culture’s most elemental forms, Harald Schmitz-Schmelzer’s creations function as a contemporary manifestation of commonalities echoed universally throughout the ages. Through a technique evolved over years of experimentation, pigmented resin is poured in parallel or vertical layers onto a plywood-capped base of raw tropical wood. Marriage of the foundation’s natural variegations to the set resin’s now crystalline surface produces a Minimalist amalgamation of lacquered and matte, transparent and opaque, levity and weight.

Rejecting the common comparison to “3-D color stripes”, the artist cites diversity of chromaticity and translucency in his assertion of each layer’s existence as a sovereign entity. Undulating widths and hues lend a singular vitality to each layer, infinitely distancing Schmitz-Schmelzer’s creations from the monotony of homogenous stripes. In light of such variations, a likening to the sedimentation of geological formations serves as a more appropriate comparison.

The labor intensive process of Dieter Kränzlein belies the clarity and simplicity of his finished work. Carved from metamorphic and sedimentary rock, such as marble and limestone, Kränzlein’s sculptures are characterized by a remarkable lightness, a testament to the artist’s valorous conquest over the medium’s severity. Sourcing stone from steinbruchen (quarries) in the German town of Moos, Kränzlein exploits the material’s natural features by responding to its myriad of inherent imperfections. The result is a dynamic synthesis of organic and geometric forms, some possessing the crystalline delicacy of a snowflake, others the horizontal and vertical geometry of a grid.

Through repetition and variation of carving method, imperfections are transformed into compelling patterns and structures, responsible for granting each work its own unique rhythm. Multifaceted surfaces encourage the viewer to interact with the sculpture from different angles, to perceive new dimensions contingent on one’s position in relation to the work.