Fresh Legs Berlin 2019 in collaboration with INSELGALERIE Berlin
Galleri Heike Arndt DK – Opening: 5th of June at 7pm
Exhibition running time: 5th of June – 31st of August
INSELGALERIE Berlin – Opening: 6th of June at 7pm
Exhibition running time: 6th of June – 2nd of August
Marilina Marchica (IT), Ninni Korkalo (FI), Dana Taylor (IL), Leonor Ruiz Dubrovin (ES), Lia Kimura (PL), Alica Khaet (DE), Alexandra Slava (UA), Barbara Illmer (DE), Carmen Arrabal (ES), Bojan Hocevar (DE), Onni Takkinen (FI), Mathieu Menard (FR), Helena Mark (FI), Caroline Weinert (DE), Iveta Tomanová (SK), Teresa Casanueva (DE), Enrico Zecchini (DE), Danny Frede (DE), Marko Kusmuk (BA), Ralf Heynen (NL), Klaus Hochhaus (DE), Ricardo Meyer (DE), Casper Johansson (SE)
Galleri Heike Arndt DK is proud to present the annual Open Call, FRESH LEGS, showcasing a range of artworks, including paintings, drawings, streetart, photography, videography, and other related fields. This year, for the first time, we are bringing you a special edition of the exhibition in collaboration with Inselgalerie Berlin. This partnership of the two galleries ensures an even wider range of artists to be presented than in any previous year. In line with its usual profile, Inselgalerie Berlin will be showcasing exclusively female artists and bringing a new artistic perspective to the exhibition.
Across both galleries, a total of 50 carefully selected artists will be expressing their views on contemporary challenges facing society and raising questions on our humanity. All audiences can find something personally captivating within this range of artistic expression. Alongside creating space for reflection and inspiration, the works can also leave the viewer feeling both surprised and disturbed.
Caroline Weinert (DE)
Weinert juxtaposes the delicate, old-fashion item of
a music box with the contemporary tragedy of refugees. These figures embark on their journey while cradle music plays, both soothing their pain and remarking on an ongoing condition of mankind.
Iveta Tomanová (SK)
Tomanonvá’s figurative sculptures are often occupied with electronic devices such as mobile phones, preventing the characters from interacting with one another. Through these works, she explores loneliness and detachment.
Teresa Casanueva (DE)
With architectural-like drawings, Casanueva offers a peculiar vision of biological and physical elements. Fragmented lines, through the whole Cartesian coordinate space, give depth and develop a third dimension in the artwork.
Helena Mark (FI)
With playful ceramics in an animated style, Helena Mark (FL) creates a fantasy world from organic forms and figures in an almost street art fashion. These game-like puzzles tempt the viewer to join her world and play, taking us back to childhood.
Danny Frede (DE)
Danny Frede combines elements of Renaissance aesthetic with cold, lifeless animals, shamelessly showing all explicit and graphic rawness. Controversial in their classical poses, Frede’s subjects happen to be both appealing and disturbing.
Ninni Korkalo (FI)
Korkalo’s (FI) videography addresses one emotion: envy. Alongside her own stories, interviews with a variety of people present differing opinions. References to Snow White symbolise kindness, leaving the viewer to ponder the meaning of happiness.
Marko Kusmuk (BA)
In watercolour, Kusmuk portrays deaf individuals stuck in a bichromatic reality. Depictions of hands demonstrate the ultimate tangible means of comprehending the beating outside world, while a colourful, busy universe is held within themselves.
Ralf Heynen (NL)
Heynen’s paintings show women in a state of reflection and contemplation, carelessly carrying weapons over their shoulder as though a simple shopping bag. Weapons in this unusual context appear harmless, rather than symbolising war.
Klaus Hochhaus (DE)
Among sunset shades, contrasting colours emerge over human figures and landscapes in Hochhaus’ work. His classical paintings focus on the chromaticity of daily life, where dynamic and restless brush-strokes frame moments taken from the everyday.
Ricardo Meyer (DE)
Meyer’s layered, monochromatic, of insects reflect upon the impact of mankind on nature. Confronted by the images, the viewer must contemplate the killing of innumerable insects and ponder the consequences of this act.
Casper Johansson (SE)
Johansson’s ink-wash drawings show forest landscapes with marine mammals and floating objects. Misplaced and disorientated characters, restricted within tight spaces, leave a strong commentary on the dysfunctional relationship between man and nature.
Bojan Hocevar (DE)
Hocevar’s work challenges the viewer, as the reality of anonymous characters is slashed by sinister and surreal details. Challenging sociocultural settings with contradicting symbols, the artist infuses his bright but fading world with dark irony.
Alexandra Slava (UA)
Slava’s classical figurative bronze sculpture, though aesthetic in appearance, communicates painful human emotions. Conveying an idea of facing one’s inner self when in precarious situations of life, it leaves the viewer with a sense of discomfort.
Alica Khaet (DE)
Silent sorrow in empty boats: drawings by Khaet recite personal stories while a cartoon style defuses the reality of life as a migrant. Her childlike characters are wanderers, confined in dark and dusty settings surrounded by heavy melancholy.
Marilina Marchica (IT)
Through smooth shades of black and white, Marchica depicts minimalist landscapes and signs within her canvases. These non-colours, used to simplify and bring order to chaos and entropy, function as a mirror in which the viewer finds inspiration.
Dana Taylor (IL)
Taylor’s artworks titled “Sleeping Rough” create a window into the life of a frequently anonymous sector of current society. Her photographs raise questions of our social responsibility when facing the issue of homelessness and its preconceptions.
Leonor Ruiz Dubrovin (ES)
Dubrovin’s paintings feature anonymous women. Through an almost violent use of the spatula and thin brush stroke techniques, she leaves the viewer with a sense of discomfort and wondering why the figures hide, unwilling to be recognized.
Lia Kimura (PL)
This glimpse into Lia Kimura’s inner landscape perceives daily life as emotional and overwhelming. People portrayed in her works melt into the dark background upon the canvas, where anonymity allows the viewer to become these characters themselves.
Enrico Zecchini (DE)
Enrico Zecchini explores the concept of entelechy: objects, in their state of potential beings, find definition and ultimate realisation in a sudden act, summarised by the tension between monochromatic backgrounds and drops of colour.
Barbara Illmer (DE)
Illmer’s conceptual works embrace the inspiration of forms and structures. Using paper tubes and surfaces, her objects pursue the essential meaning of existence as she visualises emotions through geometric pieces similar to biological units.
Carmen Arrabal (ES)
Arrabal creates scenarios of historical events, while raising questions concerning sexuality. Her installations incite a return to childhood while references to warfare, gender, and societal issues leave the viewer with contradicting emotions.
Onni Takkinen (FI)
Charcoal strokes and acrylic colours on canvas are used by Takkinen to explore the relationship between man and environment. His abstract landscapes are the destination of a journey the artist wishes the viewer to join and to become lost in.
Mathieu Menard (FR)
Après la jungle: Menard’s documental photographs of previous refugee camps, nicknamed ‘jungle’ due to the inhumane conditions within. Today, the camps are dismantled but the tumultuous existence of the migrants leaves a mark on society’s memory.