International Exhibition “Miniprint Berlin 2017 ”
Ariel Kofman (ARG), Brandon Williams (US), Grycja(UKR),Carolin Weinert (DE), Casper Johansson (SE), Christian Bolte (DE), David Frazer (AUS), Eve Eesmaa (EST), Ricardo Pinto (MEX), Janne Laine (FI), Jen Hamilton (CAN), Katsuko Ono (JP), Kseniya Vysotskaya (PL), Maud Laurent (DE), Paula Gallardo (SP), Piotr Żaczek (PL), Ryan Falzon (MLT), Yordanis García Delgado (CU), Masaaki Sugita (JP),
Richard Hricko (US), Baukje de Loos (NL), Pablo Querea (MEX),
Karol Pomykała (PL), Artur Popek (PL), Ariadne Pediotaki (GR), Philipp Haucke (DE), Dennis McGinnis (US), Peter Boyadjieff (CAN), Christina Elvira Godsk (DK),
Georg Bothe (DK), Pete Rangel (US), Randi K Emblem (NO), Łukasz Koniuszy (PL), Agata Ciesielska (PL), Regina Stiegeler (DE), Margot Myers & Lisa Turner (US), Ximena Bórquez (CHL), Jaco Putker (NL), Søren Bjælde (DK), Mehdi Darvishi (IR)
Galleri Heike Arndt DK Berlin is proud to announce our annual Open Call ”Mini Prints Berlin 2017”; a group show containing graphic works of international artists from all over the world. It has been a difficult task to choose from over400 applicants -with over 2000 works to look at
Together they present a broad range of different graphic techniques and styles, covering traditional techniques such as woodcut, etching, and mezzotint, but also exploring modern methods enabled by the digital development. With global influences, the show guarantees an intriguing experience depicting stories on both an individual and a common level.
Come by and discover the “graphic” storytelling of “Mini Prints Berlin 2017!“
The strength of this exhibition lies in its sensitive versatility, technical skills, and storytelling which cannot leave us unmoved
Text by Galleri Heike Arndt&Karin Silverin(arthistory)
Ukranian born artist Grycja currently living in Berlin works in different techniques such as collage, digital illustration, painting, video and objects. In her latest serie she has created a surrealist landscape where nature and man meet in an uncanny, almost comical way. In her digital work she implements the technique of collage, often creating contrasts between botanical textures and human and animal characters. Combining daring manipulations between creatures and plants, Grycja aims to display the exaggeration of different circumstances and dangers in life.
Ariel Kofman (ARG)
Ariel Kofman was born in Buenos Aires and teaches art and engraving techniques. In his works the human body intermingles with undefined architectural figures which creates a playful but sometimes disorientated landscape full of political allegories. Kofman´s work is a whimsical portrait of the hustle and bustle of today’s society.
Brandon Williams (US)
USA born artist Brandon Williams works in printmaking, specifically intaglio. He has an interest in precise drawing, attention to detail, and processes. His work deals with real and imaginary surroundings and subjects such as time, conflict and change. Architectural landscapes devoid of human presence brings the viewers attention to textures and patterns which creates a meditative state of mind. The work is multidimensional in the respect that it can be turned around its own axis, creating different spaces and motifs depending on how you shift it. Williams have even signed his work so that it can be seen from every side.
Carolin Weinert (DE)
German artist Carolin Weinert’s work uses the expression of historical printmaking on contemporary topics that originate from our digitalised society. Her series Histoire Naturelle borrows its visual representation from nature encyclopedias, adding human figures that challenges the beholders habitual way of viewing. Her thematic attention focuses on an ironic, and almost cynical reflection on current issues of humanity. Weinert’s works have been exhibited all over Europe as well as in the United States.
Casper Johansson (SE)
Casper Johansson is a Swedish artist whose works are often based on investigative printmaking and drawing. His approach and focus are on contrasts, simplicity and linework. He enjoys the labour intensive process which gives room for experiments with colours and techniques without the integrity of the main concept being set aside. His use of UV-light in combination with copper etchings and motifs from the sea in his latest work makes his work vibrant and full of contradictions.
Christian Bolte (DE)
German artist Christian Bolte works in painting and etching. He refers to himself as a hunter and a collector and his works touches in a subtle way on the satirical and political commentary. Historically, satirical art have been a major part of mass media (for example Honoré Daumier and Der Wahre Jacob), and Bolte’s work references this humoristic way of commenting on society, which makes his works timeless and universal.
David Frazer (AUS)
Australian artist David Frazer creates humoristic and dark wood engravings. The works are rowdy and at the same time melancholical and the exaggerated characters could be seen as reminiscent of Emil Noldes masks. His works comment on current social habits such as drinking culture where people with different internal lives meet over a beer to “get fucked”. Frazer has had great success with exhibitions all over Europe, Asia and his native country Australia.
Eve Eesmaa (EST)
Eve Esmaa incorporates form and colour, different materials and techniques such as etching, linocut and typography in a collage like way. The materials are combined to create playful works where abstract forms intermingles with textures and representational female figures. The works are delicate and even implements the paper as a strong part of her expression.
Ricardo Pinto (MEX)
Mexican artist Ricardo Pinto’s work have an architectural quality where clear perspectives and precise lines intermingle with warm, fiery colors. His work ranges from intuitive approaches to structured processes. Labyrinthine spaces and surfaces unfurls in a never ending space in his mesmerizing works, and he lets the viewer find his or her way on their own.
Janne Laine (FI)
Janne Laine uses photography and intaglio to create beautiful images of an enchanted realm. In not focusing on details, the intense and colourful sceneries Laine depicts become airy and ethereal. The atmosphere in the landscapes are very Nordic but at the same time they are a universal image of an archetypical landscape the viewer can get lost in.
Jen Hamilton (CAN)
In her graphic prints, Jen Hamilton creates domestic structures by tearing, shredding and ripping her own old paintings, drawings and etchings apart to create something new. This is an exploration and a research of the concept of “home” and the sacrifices that entails. Hamilton refers in her work to her own entering into motherhood while trying to maintain an art practice. Her works have a simplicity where she contrasts negative space and bold colors and printfragments. The structures she creates are an intimate visualisation of the clashes that two great loves can create.
Katsuko Ono (JP)
Japanese artist Katsuko Ono have previously created etchings for children’s books, something evident in her playful work reminiscent of shadow theatre. Although there is a slight sinister feeling in the darkness of the background where creatures and dangers seem to be lurking. Her work are glimpses into a bigger, mythical story and it sparks the imagination of the viewer, transporting us into Ono’s fairytale world.
Kseniya Vysotskaya (PL)
The playful, simple woodcuts of Kseniya Vysotskaya have a dynamic approach of concrete figurations that transforms into patterns through repetition. With animals as motifs and backgrounds that create movement the viewer is invited to the thrilling hunt of the wild.
Maud Laurent (FR/DE)
Maud Laurent’s work explore the human body. Laurent depicts the dynamic, delicate lines of the body to create intimate, inviting but also expressive images. She plays with moods, body positions, age and gender without ever personalising the body, instead letting it speak for itself.
Paula Gallardo (SP)
Paula Gallardo´s work is defined by her drawing from the experience of being a woman in today’s society. By fragmenting intimate parts of her body through a lens she questions the sexualisation of women and also challenges our role as anonymized viewers and our visual pleasure. By doing this Gallardo invites us to discover our own sexual boundaries.
Piotr Żaczek (PL)
Piotr Żaczek strives for simplicity and synthesis in his works. He works with structure, colour, themes and repetition to create minimalistic prints. The result is vibrant, intriguing and mysterious. Żaczek seems to have an almost anthropological approach in his use of signs and symbols, allowing the viewer to wonder and interpret them.
Ryan Falzon (MLT)
Ryan Falzon works in different techniques such as linoprint, monoprints, collagraph, silkscreen and acetone printing. His woodcuts are direct- contrasting colors in a raw and bold way. The works are an homage to the easygoing, exciting and lawless youth with its expressive lines and simple figures.
Yordanis García Delgado (CU)
Yordanis García Delgado often uses the figure of his half brother to portray the struggles, sorrows and joy that he himself went through at that age. He describes this thematic approach as if he is making a journal of his life through his little brother. García Delgado uses etching and lithography to create gripping images placed in current, urban settings.
Masaaki Sugita (JP)
The detailed and slightly absurd works by Masaaki Sugita’s are reminiscent of the works of Salvador Dali and Alice in Wonderland-esque fairy tales.In his prints, Sugita travels into a feverish yet beautiful dream landscape where the disturbed and the subconscious mingle to create a fascinating tale.Sugita uses one of the oldest technique of printmaking- copper engraving with burin, a historical factor that is evident in his terrific technique and defined expression.
Richard Hricko (US)
Richard Hricko concerns himself in his expression with synthesising different material characteristics. He creates intricate, detailed photogravure where a subdued light creates an atmospheric sense of quiet mystery. The hyper realism of his closeup works where he combines nature and architectural elements creates fractals that almost become abstract.
Baukje de Loos (NL)
The expression of classical art meets everyday situations in de Loos figurative works. She plays with textures using various printing techniques such as etching, aquatint, varnish mou, mezzotint and drypoint on the same print. Her works have an airy, wispy almost faded feel due to her use of a delicate light, grey colour scale.
Pablo Querea (MEX)
Pablo Querea uses etching to create disturbing portraits. With an almost respectless approach he exaggerates parts of the face to change their expressive nature. Querea works show how personality can be read through universal faces. The portrayed figures could come from anywhere in the world, and just by their existence they comment on the fellowship of humanity.
Karol Pomykała (PL)
Karol Pomykała’s works implement a black and grey color scheme, form and structure into minimalistic landscapes that seem otherworldly and almost alien. His works could be reminiscent of the Bauhaus movement and also entails a fine sense of humour. He uses light and shadow to create a universe that stretch far outside the frame.
Artur Popek (PL)
Artur Popek creates imaginary machineries, animals and places that sparks the imagination of the viewer. In its quirkiness and detail it brings out the child in us, back to a time when our imagination took us places far away from everyday life. Popek is curious and inquisitive in his prints, leaving us wondering.
Ariadne Pediotaki (GR)
Ariadne Pediotaki is in her art concerned with gender and the perception of the body. She addresses taboos and displays them at its most clearest and without any reservations or preambles, taking a personal but at the same time political standpoint. Her figures reminds the viewer of common comic strips describing the struggles of everyday life.
Philipp Haucke (DE)
Artist Philipp Hauckes work is based on nature or the interpretation of it through a cultural context. He plays with subtle light, animal remnants and dark backgrounds to create mysterious, intimate and poetic compositions. Haucke works mainly in mezzotint and etching to create detailed work that joggle the imagination.
Dennis McGinnis (US)
Dennis McGinnis works takes a political stand. A very light and airy technique meets a thematic approach of chilling figures of death and war. The gasmasked human figures become distant and depersonalized to the viewer. They seem to radiate loneliness and hopelessness and through that questions important issues of our time.
Peter Boyadjieff (CAN)
Peter Boyadjieff takes a playful, humoristic approach to everyday objects in his prints. He depicts the unexpected by taking different objects, placing them in a current still life. Boyadjieff uses bold, artificial colors combined with a grey scale to create liberating, humoristic social commentaries.
Christina Elvira Godsk (DK)
Godsk collage prints have references to street art, expressionism and art brut. Her works are naive in their expression and have a mutual narrative that creates interaction between her series of works. By incorporating maps in her imaginary landscapes she questions our geographical attachment and memory.
Georg Bothe (DE)
The strong bold colors and delicate textural elements of Georg Bothe’s engravings creates spaces and surfaces that reminds the viewer of fabric or something embroidered. Bothe plays with transparency and a light that seems to emanate from the work itself. He appeals to our joy for colours and structures without defining the space.
Pete Rangel (US)
The strong, dark and naive figures of Pete Rangel are almost reminiscent of ritual and ceremonial masks. Rangel takes an anthropological approach in depicting his twisted figures, that in their simplicity are the storytelling element of the work. The woodcuts have a childlike and spontaneous quality that reminds us why folk art survived.
Randi K Emblem (NO)
In her silkscreens Randi K Emblem plays with the expressions of Pop art. The intimate approach she takes reminds us of faded childhood memories. The combination of motif and technique results in a delicate, engaging image, leaving space to be filled out by the viewer. The portrayed figures become universal, touching and inviting.
Łukasz Koniuszy (PL)
Łukasz Koniuszy uses intaglio to depict derelict, empty places that seems to be forgotten, monolithic monuments of the city. Koniuszy takes a classical and delicate approach in his reading of spaces, buildings and the stories behind them. His work spurs the imagination and invites us to discover the spirit of the places.
Agata Ciesielska (PL)
Agata Ciesielska’s work have a strong background in societal critical themes such as gender and sex. She has used more traditional techniques in the past but is now experimenting with the digital. Her expressive works depict identity, personal struggles and power relations, and in mirroring herself she mirrors all of us.
Regina Stiegeler (DE)
Regina Stiegler’s work focus on form, structure and dynamic. Her work vibrates as if electric, and the effect is subtle and mesmerizing. Her motifs seem to be something that is seen under a microscope and some images get stuck on your retina. Her works depict details that change when magnified, visualising a microcosmos that draws us in completely, transporting us to a place where we are unaware of the outside world.
Margot Myers & Lisa Turner (US)
Myers and Turners have in collaboration created screenprints where they implement photos and patterns, paying tribute to people who lived at the turn of the century. Handcrafted embroidery, local wildlife and the forgotten stories of the past play together to create an intimate narrative of memories and our history, seen with contemporary eyes.
Ximena Bórquez (CHL)Ximena Bórquez’s work display subtle movements by layering lines of colour, creating shifting and ever changing optical illusions. Bórquez uses the relation between colours where some attract and some reject each other, dependently creating movement and space.
Mehdi Darvishi (IR)
In his intaglio prints, Iranian artist Mehdi Darvishi references current situations of sufferings from war. The disturbing images speaks of political impotence and mourning over indescript bodies. Darvishi takes a strong standpoint in his work where he uses classical storytelling to depict a quiet sadness that contrasts with the explosive feelings of loss.
Jaco Putker (NL)
Jaco Putker plays with digital alterations and traditional techniques to create humoristic scenes reminiscent of 19th century photography and many other historical periods. Putker uses the absurd to depict a surrealist, magical world of fantasies overloaded with objects. His haunting prints creates curiosity and a desire to see more of his work.
Søren Bjælde (DK)
Søren Bjælde implements everyday life experiences and memories in his storytelling woodcuts. Beside colourful and narrative woodcuts he is also engages in drawing, painting, ceramics and book illustrations. Bjældes work are based on very broad inputs; everything from comicstrips to medeival handwritings. In his expression you can find traces of art brut and street art. The stories he tells can be recognized by everyone, and will hopefully leave the viewer with a smile on their face.