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.