Fresh Legs 03.06-29.08.2015
Galleri Heike Arndt DK Berlin presents the exhibition “Fresh Legs” !
Exhibition opening in Berlin, June 3, 2015 at 7 pm.
In the annual Fresh Legs open call exhibition 2015 Galleri Heike Arndt DK proudly presents 20 talented emerging, international artists with unique styles, techniques and materials. Key concepts include portraying aspects of humanity as well as concerns about the development of our current society as interpreted by the artist’s individual expressions. Fresh Legs brings bold street art influences mixed with crisp drawings, social criticism with a dash of humor and challenging installations, the result is a mesmerizing and exciting group show that radiates with color and movement.
A total of 99 artists applied with nearly 1,000 artworks for the Fresh Legs show. After a long and comprehensive screening process 20 artists were chosen. The Fresh Legs exhibition highlights a curated selection of these undiscovered rough artistic diamonds – and we are excited to follow their journey and see how they will cut and form their artistic edges. Experience the sharp social criticism in the works of Pötter (DE) and Gerstenberger (DE), the perfectly captured contemporary life in the works of Gallardo (CN/TT), Karcher (DE) and Zagorska (PL). In the pieces of Chisholm (US), Messaoudi (FR) and Lautner (UA) we are exposed to refined technical skills with strong influences from street art in layers of cut-outs, stencils and spray paint. The artworks of Koch (DE) and Furedi & Lieshout (DE/NL) brings our attention to the values of our current society in photographs and illustrations using a large dose of humor. In experimental use of materials and techniques – from stamp-like drawings, colorful paintings and sewn pigskin to plastic reflex-pieces used in traffic – the works of Weiser (DE), Leitner (DE), Zewnik (DE) Takuya (JP), Johansson (SE) and Trieba (DE) amaze and draw us in to examine them closer. Yamakawa (JP) and Innete (DE) explore human relationships, loneliness and the fragility of the fleeting moment in illustrations and drawings. The photographs of Kalian Lo (FR) and the drawings of Becker (DE) take us on a journey to explore the environment and abandoned places of our time.
Fresh Legs aim to promote yet undiscovered artists in drawing, street art, illustration, mixed media and similar fields. Galleri Heike Arndt DK offers a platform for artists from these fields to exhibit together and discuss the ideas highlighted in these contemporary art forms with each other and with the audience. A Berlin exhibition you absolutely do not want to miss!
Participating Artists at Fresh Legs 2015 are:
ARTIST PROFILES – FRESH LEGS 2015
Markus Leitner (DE)
Influenced by American comic art and Japanese manga, Markus Leitner creates highly contrasted, bold colored mixture of pop art and psychedelic patterns. He liberates his figures from any explanatory surrounding or storyline and places them in a new and bizarre situation, asking the viewer for self interpretation and confronting us with the most basic human emotions. The abstract pattern of Leitner’s works in combination with the bold color palette and the movement in the figures catches your attention and draws you into the picture.
Muriel Gallardo (IT)
Muriel Gallardo’s drawings explore relationships of our modern day society. In the Diamond series exhibited at Fresh Legs 2015 she investigates how relationships are formed and affected by social media networks. The series consists of drawings inspired by Facebook-photos of her friends. In the displacement from the digital to the manual, Gallardo creates a fictitious narration between the images, and the characters in them. The illustration-style of Gallardo’s drawings capture everyday situations in a photographic manner adding to the realism of the characters.
Ferhat Messaoudi ( FR )
Focusing on social/political topics and situations from his daily life, Messaoudi captures people’s moods and personalities with a twist of humor and irony. He explores these subjects through different mediums and techniques consisting of acrylic, markers, tip-ex and collage. Playing with these tools, he takes the aesthetic and graphic inspiration from Pop Art, comics and photography. Using material such as canvas, wood, paper, even walls, Messaoudi is able to create a powerful expression with strong figurative characters provoking attitude and typically male figures.
Multi-artist Kurihara combines Asian and European artistic languages in his art, successfully translating them into his very own expression. In his acrylic paintings, Takuya Kurihara investigates the human universe through lines and colours. His paintings arouse the viewer’s curiosity through their wealth of details, and the viewer is sent on a voyage of discovery. Like a kaleidoscope new shapes and forms constantly appear before the viewer’s eyes. In Kurihara’s drawings the fine lines appear to be almost floating in the air telling stories about unknown places. The large-scale paintings create a vibrant energy in the room and the fine lines invite you to investigate them closely.
Maja Zagorska (PL)
Zagorska employs signs and symbols such as quotes, household items and self-portraits in order to comment on the joys and struggles of living in modern society. In her series Everyday struggle, she illustrates her personal highs, lows, and the attempts she makes to balance this private narrative. Through the vivid drawings she shows the sometimes humorous, sometimes embarrassing, trivial, obsessive, or sentimental aspects of daily life. The details in her work are recognizable and often humoristic, paired with areas of color she emphasizes objects or situations we can all relate to.
Anne Trieba (DE)
The mixed-media artworks of Anne Trieba all focus on portraying daily life snapshots. She is interested in capturing the situations and relationships beyond the person portrayed, exploring their environment and how they operate in it, often you find yourself feeling like a hidden observer. Through exaggeration and reduction of details she is able to open up the surface of the images and offer opportunities to find deeper insights into human behaviour in very gentle way. Trieba creates a specific artistic language using fabric and colors in her works, the thread and embroidery creates additional dimensions in her contemporary, realistic motifs.
Bryce Chrisholm (U.S)
Bryce Chisholm creates attention-grabbing, multi-layered art pieces in bold colors. His unique expression is created through cutting drawn details out of coated sheets of paper and applying stencils with spray paint to a colorful acrylic and mixed media background – one layer at a time. The stencils add highlighted details, patterns and intrigue. Chisholm’s subjects range from children, women and animals to airplanes, helicopters and nostalgic propaganda. The colors are striking and he manages to fit wall art and graffiti into powerful small-scale formats.
Martin Gerstenberger (DE)
In his works Martin Gerstenberger explores modern life and western capitalism in an ironic manner. His narrative technique resembles the stream of consciousness – characters, landscapes and motifs are cut out of their larger context and intertwined in free association with new content and figures. The images feature pop cultural references and offer familiar shreds of collective memory embedded in carefully designed landscapes, situations and constellations. There is a reflective attitude in his works on paper toward quintessential questions such as those of social constructs and finding meaning in cultural values.
Martin Karcher (DE)
The figurative works of Martin Karcher express a subjective view of people you typically would expect to meet in big cities – often somewhat eccentric individuals. The minimalistic, realistic technique in his acrylic paintings, as well as in his etchings, is combined with an almost romantic view of the people, places and situations he collects and documents. Karcher is balancing between pop art-inspired paintings and classical prints – which requires experience in order to master well – his focus is always on the simple but nearly elegant line.
Johanna Becker (DE)
In her drawings Johanna Becker (DE) explores various concepts of idealized images of collective memories. This takes form both as landscapes and models of imaginary worlds but also detailed fashion illustrations playing with historical visual traditions such as the baroque. The details in her drawings are striking as she builds out the lines and lets familiar forms and stories-within-the-story unfold and fill the background. Her style is almost a modern version of combining animation with baroque storytelling.
Mame Innete (DE)
In her works artist Mame Innete (DE) creates colourful drawings with underlying commentary of the frailness of the fleeting moment. She combines stories of the past and aspirations for the future including memories from her own life. In her work we witness intimate moments unfold of relationships, the fleeting connections between us and human loneliness. In some of her half man half animal figures, she uses our vision of the animal character to judge and characterise figures and situations. Her works seem like the beginning of a fairy tale that the viewer is invited to develop.
Casper Johansson (SE)
Casper Johansson is a visual artist living in Sweden and worked in Myanmar (Burma) where he had collaborative projects with an emerging generation of Myanmar artists. Using ink-pads and alphabetic rubber stamps, he creates “retouched” realism paintings and drawings based on letters and words. By repeating the words he generates messages,silent shouts embedded in visual elements of hope, struggle and resistance – possibly even hidden political statements. At first glance you see a figurative form but as you look closer the technique of the stamps become visible, bringing up several layers of dual meanings in the pieces.
Erik Weiser (DE)
A recurring motif in the art works of Erik Weiser (DE) is the concept of recycling, or upcycling – the process of repurposing an existing material in a surprising manner. He uses everyday elements, such as reflectors used in traffic, to create compelling art installations. Light becomes an important factor in the visual experience and create life and movement in the geometric forms of his work. Building up a surface through repetition of multiple pieces of the same original form creates interesting patterns and color stories in his striking, three-dimensional work. It adds the reference to pop-art and modern consumption culture.
Füredi & van Lieshout artists (DE/NL)
Artist duo Simone Furedi (DE) and Luc van Lieshout (HOL) create innovative digitally remastered photographs that explore socially critical themes and injustice of modern society using a humoristic approach. The mix of graphics, text and photography creates collages that simultaneously play with and challenge conventional stereotypes and cultural ideals such as aging, beauty and market-value. By using advertising and graphic tools their motifs get the question of over-consumption across. Their work reminds us to be aware of the constant flow of information and influence of advertising on our unconscious daily choices and values.
Izolda Lautner (GB)
Izolda ‘Bizzy’ Lautner (GB) creates her images using cut-out stencils. Through this technique she achieves clean lines and a street art-feel. Bizzy has been invited to perform at several large street art and graffiti festivals in Europe. The works have pop-cultural references and explore and questions the beauty industry through the images of the perfect woman, perfect clothes and perfect body. The clean lines and basic colors supported by classical papercut techniques, with references to even the Danish writer and artist H.C. Andersen and to shadowplay of that time, are significant for her work.
Jan Pötter (DE)
Jan Pötter (DE) is a Berlin-based artist who creates colorful mixed-media pieces. Through symbolic motifs he explores the conflicts and catastrophes of our modern western society. There are clear references to art brut, a movement started in the late 1940’s by painter Jean Dubuffet celebrating art outside of the conventional rules of the art world – such as graffiti – the naive, raw and innocent. Basquiat was another painter who with his roots in the street scene and graffiti can be associated with this form of art. The reference to art brut can be seen in Pötter’s expressive, almost agressive, lines, colors as well as the sometimes naivistic symbolic language used.
Kalian Lo (FR)
In her photographs Kalian Lo (FR) explores abandoned places of our time, hidden worlds where mankind has left their traces. Desolation catches her eye and the combination of mystery, absence and decay in the abandoned sites is the essence of her work – focusing on capturing the beauty and fleeting intensity of the moment. The interplay of colors in her series create small worlds where your imagination can move you through the empty rooms and courtyards, almost ghostlike you are made believe to sense the people who used to live there and their stories, details and memory collectiv .
Nicola Koch (DE)
Nichola Koch (DE) creates digitally remastered illustrations exploring the subjects of aging. She creates a memorial for old-fashioned old people through a series of humoristic images. Maybe because growing old is easier to take with a bit of humor. Her work has references to animation,comics and she could probably illustrate easely a ‘ fairytale – book’ for adults with an ironic bite. She questions the constant process of trying to look young and suggests that there could be a grace about growing old and looking your age. In a caring way her images poke fun at typical notions of true, elderly people and their style.
Simone Zewnik (DE)
In her sculptures, Simone Zewnik (DE) illustrates human beings both as individuals and our interaction with others. She poses the question of the individual and the collective, do we exercise free will in our decision making – or are we as a homunculus predetermined in our behaviour and communication with others? Through the rough sewn seams of dried pig skin the sculptures evoke concepts of artificially created human beings. Standing next to a life size sculpture of another human being we are faced with our own reality and mirroring the emotions of the sculptures can evoke fear, empathy and compassion .
Yumie Yamakawa (JP)
In clean illustrations Yumie Yamakawa (JP) captures human reactions and emotions. She focuses on depicting comedic aspects within tragic situations. Her work bares references to both the japanese minimalistic style and European storytelling. The clean black lines -mask like faces- and the careful use of the color red capturing the essence of the story told, suggest a japanese influence combined with the long tradition in classical european storytelling, scenes that have been describing daily life for centuries. Yumie has developed her own unique artistic language, bypassed cultural differences, and creates a universal expression that let us relate and get lost in our own world.