OPDAGELSER KETTINGE 2019
VIDEO ART | MIXED MEDIA | PAINTING | DRAWING | SCUPLTURE
Opening: 12th of October
Malatsion | Marko Kusmuk | Ralf Haynen | Iveta Tomanova | Danny Frede | Helena Mark | Bojan Hocevar| Carmen Arrabal| Alexandra Slava | Carolin Weinert | Teresa Casanueva | Joana Lucas | Leonor Ruiz Dubrovin | Ricardo Meyer | Gudrun Fischer Bomert |
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.
The bio-technic title Genesis of my hybridization reveals the scientist within the artist, malatsion. Pairing alluring beauty with an alienating artificiality, are these herbariums stylised sculptures, or reflections of a poetic fantasy?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Carolin 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.
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.
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.
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.
Joana Lucas (PT)
Lucas’ garish, realistic paintings present surreal situations, in which terror, fear, and forlornness are visualised in a comic book style. Her images are staged as though a theatre piece, complete with stage space, silhouettes, and masks.
Gurdun Fischer-Bomert (DE)
German artist Fischer- Bomert’s objects, made simply from plastic drinking straws, appear to take on the formation of neon green clouds of light. The title Greensleeves/Grünkleid refers to an English folk song – a lament about the loss of a loved one.