Thematic follow-up to our group show MNMLSM from summer 2018: minimalist abstract paintings, sculptures, assemblages and wall objects by Nicolò Baraggioli (IT, *1985), Ivan De Menis (IT, *1973), Graphic Surgery (NL, *1978 as Erris Huigens and Gysbert Zijlstra), Aske Sigurd Kraul (DK, *1985), Ji Eun Lee (KR, *1984), Matthias Recht (DE, *1984), Douglas Witmer (US, *1971) and Hideaki Yamanobe (JP, *1964)
The exhibition's midissage coincides with the 9th K1 Gallery Tour: 20 Cologne downtown galleries open on Sunday, 26 January, from 11am to 4pm.
Excerpt from an article about MNMLSM by art critic Heidrun Wirth:
In this non-figurative art, often called "concrete", there seems to be a worldwide binding bond, here demonstrated by the Japanese Hideaki Yamanobe born in Tokyo in 1964, the Douglas Witmer born in Philadelphia in 1971, the Dutch artist duo Graphic Surgery (Gisbert Zijstra and Erris Huigens) and Nicolò Baraggioli born in Genoa in 1985.
And yet there is a sheer inexhaustible diversity: Perfect alongside the unfinished, high-gloss, reflective surfaces (Baraggioli) in contrast to a matt colourfulness (Witmer, Yamanobe). The Japanese artist's painting, almost reminiscent of vegetabile forms, contrasts with material assemblages that want to be nothing more than black laths laid on top of each other (Graphic Surgery). Irrational views emerge in the play of construction and deconstruction. But the good, thoughtful brush work can stand its ground next to it, with splashes of paint. This once again calls into question the "panel painting" that has long since been declared dead and that has survived here as well. And so the attraction of this group exhibition lies in the fact that perception is sensitized as if by itself.
Douglas Witmer, who was influenced by the Mennonite culture in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, and who studied "the deep relationships to simplicity, to peacemaking, and to humility," said: "In the 21st century, I see my work as a clear alternative to our visual culture, which is characterized by speed, complexity, and complexity. My hope is that I can simply stimulate the senses, as is only the case when looking at pictures".
18/01 – 29/02/2020
|Friday, 17 January 2020|
|6 – 9 pm|
|Sunday, 26 January 2020|
|11 am – 4 pm|
|K1 Galleries Cologne Tour|
|Tuesday – Friday||11 am – 7 pm|
|Saturday||12 – 4 pm|
|and by appt|