Opdagelser 2018 International Group Exhibition + Graphic Salon
Ivan Arkhipov (RU), Ian Liddle (UK), Simone Hooymans (NL), Johan Reisang (NO), Katharina Schellenberger (DE), Hannes & Johannes (SE), Anne Louise Blicher(DK), Philipp Haucke (DE), Katarzyna Kowalska (PL), Attila Schwanz (IT), Lisa Rytterlund (SE), Ornella Orlandini (IT), Marcus Gestré (SE), Oscar Angel Rey Soto (ES), Martin Gerstenberger (DE)
ANIMATION | DRAWING | MIXED MEDIA | PAINTING | PHOTOGRAPHY | VIDEO ART | SCULPTURE
Participating Artists at Opdagelser 2018 are:
About the exhibtion
Galleri Heike Arndt DK is pleased to present the annual Opdagelser (‘Discoveries’) exhibition, exploring new artistic directions and surprises. In the selected artworks, we invite you to discover a number of materials and techniques that are evocative of a number of emotions, reflecting their artists stories and journeys. Opdagelser is an opportunity to reflect on present times and the human being itself. We offer an insight of poetic and urban complexity, but retain a playful sense of humour with both local and international meaning.
About our artists
The exhibiting artists guide the audience through an artistic landscape of sculpture, painting, drawing and digital/time-based media.
Every artist has a special connection to the Nordic countries and the Berlin art scene, where they have either lived or worked. In this year’s Obdagelser, the majority of artists will experience an exhibitional debut in Denmark and their presence on the island of Lolland-Falster will be a wonderful contribution to the regional and national art scene.
Through Opdagelser, we aim to develop our already existing artistic network and reach out to other potential projects in Denmark, other Nordic countries and Germany. Galleri Heike Arndt DK always wishes to inspire both artists and our audiences. In this exhibition we want to enhance the reception of the brilliant opportunities for artistic growth, which characterises the Danish ‘Sun Coasts’.
The region is characterised by beautiful landscapes and a wonderful quality of living, as well as the many initiatives in the fields of ecology and sustainable energy. This holds great appeal not only for the Danish people but also international artists and visitors alike. We hope this sense of diversity and opportunity is reflected in Opdagelser, and that it offers the citizens of Guldborgsund and Region Storstrøm an extraordinary experience of inter-cultural and artistic expression. In the future we also wish to host workshops available for all during the run of the exhibition and beyond.
Ivan Arkhipov (RU)
Ivan Arkhipov is a Moscow-based artist with a background in graphic design. In 2011, he started to develop video shorts where he combines printed graphics and video art. Arkhipov’s video work, A walk uses a classical print technique in black and white as frames for his animation. These are single-frame animations made from graphic prints using drypoint engraving, and hand printed with an intaglio press. The film shorts are composed of 1000 prints integrated into the short film, which makes his works all the more interesting.
Ornella Orlandini (IT)
Ornella Orlandini was born in Turin, Italy, and currently lives and works in Berlin. She is currently working on her artistic project focused on identity, memory, objects and space. In the last few years Orlandini’s work has matured through the experimentation with different materials – dust, soil, ash, lead and plaster – and their subsequent processes of transformation. With these materials Orlandini creates surfaces on which she reveals her photographs and screen prints. The accidental side of the process is symbolic, and at the same time an integral part of the artworks. The fragility of the pieces and the dissipation of the prints reveal the artist’s intention to show identity’s incessant transition process, through fragility and empowerment, as a constant conflict between order and chaos.
Anne Louise Blicher (DK)
Denmark-based artist Anne Louise Blicher works with print and painting. Blicher’s paintings explore nature and the issues of climate change as a way of representing the current situation in our society – how something as simple as life and living has become complex. The world in her paintings is not that of humans and animals living side by side, instead it shows humans dominating not only animals, but other humans as well. Blicher’s painting shows us the simplicity of the human being, trapped on a canvas, as it is trapped everyday in the human world.
Katarzyna Kowalska (PL)
Katarzyna Kowalska has a background in both arts and law, and works in the fields of painting, mural and photography. She currently resides in Warsaw, Poland. Her canvas work is the result of her combining two apparently opposite types of expression – the rigor of geometry and the expression of gesture painting. The first is directly correlated with the sense of precision and rationality, rendering her paintings with perspective and volume, while the freedom of gesture that Kowalska applies to the same canvas provides a more organic sensibility to the work. We see here the use of two distinct forms of expression that work together to give birth to the illusion of infinity and motion, something that seems real but ultimately is not.
Lisa Rytterlund (SE)
Lisa Rytterlund is an artist from Stockholm, Sweden. Her work shows a clear influence from illustration and urban art. The themes the artist evokes are related to women’s issues and sexualization. These themes are explored along with the appropriation of religious iconography in an almost kitsch manner, displaying the absurdity of all these issues.
Rytterlund also appropriates work by famous artists, in this case, replacing the iconic picture of the mythical Medusa with an image of a phallic-haired girl, mocking the position of women in society. This may be viewed as a form of empowerment and sexual liberty, stressing the fact that women can also think about sex and not be worried about societal rules.
Katharina Schellenberger (DE)
German-born painter Katharina Schellenberger lives and works in Munich and Landsberg am Lech. Schellenberger often uses mixed media in her pieces and achieves different dynamics of expression. The heavy and opaque stroke of the pencil blends in with the freedom and transparency of the watercolour, highlighting the soft colour palette used. This aesthetic complements her employment of an almost childlike perception of human portrait, drawing only what is necessary to distinguish the human form and not needing the complexity of detail to show her artistic intentions.
Simone Hooymans (NL)
Simone Hooymans is a Dutch visual artist who works with experimental animation in various ways, using handmade ink drawings and colouration, and combining them with sophisticated computer technology. In her animations, Hooymans creates fantastic and twisted fairytale universes with unclear narratives that encourage the viewer to draw their own conclusions. A recurring theme throughout her animated work is the retraction of nature and subsequent overflow of fast urbanization and technology. These themes relate to the exploration of different emotional states such as harmony and fear. The result is a series of calming and hypnotic images that, for some reason, leave you restless as they discreetly evoke the issues of the world.
Ian Liddle (UK)
Ian Liddle is a British painter and graphic artist. The paintings presented are inviting, and although at the first glance they may appear chaotic, they take the viewer on a colourful and exciting journey, which in the end leads to a sense of calm and serenity. His almost abstract method of portrayal, mixing techniques and dimensions, creates a challenge for the viewer to discover the objects and the underlying meaning of the art piece.
Johan Reisang (NO)
Johan Reisang is a Norwegian painter, living and working in Berlin since 2013. He works with drawing and digital art. Reisang mixes different styles, and through his artworks he takes the viewer to a different universe, filled with twisted bodies, strange fusions and topics taken from our society and everyday life. Although the artworks shift between feelings of optimism and darkness, they all share the same exquisite pencil strokes and colour use. His works are filled with social critique: in what seems to represent solely the human figure, the artist portrays mangled bodies as a representation of the message he wishes to pass on.
Marcus Gestré (SE)
Marcus Gestré is a Swedish illustrator and animator based in Berlin. Gestré’s artworks consist of drawings and paintings, and he takes inspiration from street art. By combining techniques such as acrylic, ink, watercolour and Indian ink, he gives the pieces a broad and playful atmosphere. The artworks are futuristic, robotic and ironic, making the viewer reflect on our society and where we are headed – a world dominated by human-like robots, living in a world where we are constantly searching for a way to keep the human race alive.
Oscar Rey (ES)
Oscar Rey from Spain, living in Berlin, works with painting, sculpture, street art and photographic work. He understands that there is no gap between his life and his art, so he chooses to represent his perspective on life through his paintings. Through his love of experimentation and mixed techniques, Oscar Rey creates figurative compositions with a primitive influence, needing only the simplicity of form and colour to pass his story through his paintings. His entire range of work shows expression and intensity, some of which almost seems abstract but is ultimately a figurative representation of his day-to-day thoughts.
Philipp Haucke (DE)
Philipp Haucke is a German visual artist and printmaker. His works are often the result of his detail-filled drawing series, in which the artist plays with the concepts of two-dimensionality and three-dimensionality. In these drawings, Haucke employs the monochromatic spectrum of possibilities to achieve the illusion of volume and texture on a piece of paper. The artist creates forms that resemble imaginary, floating geometric shapes, as well as microorganisms that appear to be moving on the paper.
Attila Schwanz (IT)
Attila Schwanz is an Italian painter, comic artist, illustrator and designer. In his artworks, Schwanz uses different types of technique, from Indian ink to pastel, watercolour and often ballpoint pen, which gives his artworks an almost scientific amount of detail. The peculiarity of his method brings the artworks to life and gives them an intense feeling, as if the objects were on the edge of exiting their natural habitat by coming out of the paper. His love of fantasy is visible in his work, which makes his artworks unique.
Hannes & Johannes (SE)
Hannes Elltorp and Johannes Helgelin are Swedish animators and illustrators. Their work is composed of three animated shorts, notable for their colourful and grotesque scenery and social critique. The construction of the shorts is marked by a composition in two stages: the setting in a somewhat normal scenario of mundane life, which escalates to a dramatic turn of events, filled with stuff of nightmares. This abrupt change points towards social critique, from depression and the food industry, to the consumerist television culture of today that turns us all into zombie-like individuals, distant from reality.
Martin Gerstenberger (DE)
…..breaks down the conventional rules and reassembles them in a unique way. He crosses the style borders with his works to create a new and exciting kind of aesthetic . His bold use of materials and colors creates a naive yet surrealistic interaction between the collages and objects.