Opening Saturday, 18th June, 6pm
BcmA, Manteuffelstr. 42, 10997 Berlin
Opening Saturday, 18th June, 6pm
Minor Alexander works in the border area between art and nature, industry and manual labour as well as reality and illusion. He creates foreign worlds, forms nature from synthetic materials and works on this with industrial procedure technologies like isolation and surface protection. Besides, originates from electrostatic flocking a velvet-soft structure which seems to come from the nature and reminds of moss-covered stones. Minor associates them with the underwater world which he experienced as a child at diving in the Ukraine.Minor Alexander
The paintings of Marie Aly are like dreams in which faces appear and come to life. During the act of painting, where she is mostly guided by intuition, the image pushes itself forward through the many layers of paint. Aly is interested in the history and the role of the iconic image. From the past to the present. From the religious, to the secular renaissance portrait. From the LP cover to the fashion shoot. From the stock photo to the Instagram selfie. Aly’s gang of outsiders also do not show you much personal emotions, but they still tell you a very personal story, they perfectly reflect the contemporary perspective on different cultures, fashion, music, art, private identity, and gender that converge in the panorama of our futureless reality where even the obvious historical referencing assumes a timeless dimension.Marie Aly
Sara Arthur-Paratley (b. 1995, USA)
is an artist and performer based in Valencia, Spain. Her work moves through dance, sculpture and performance while taking the body as it’s core investigation. Tactility, abjection, humor, and eroticism permeate her practice, which aims to reinvent the thresholds between internal & external, animate & inanimate, self & other.Sara Arthur-Paratley
Reality is a credible fiction.
I’m interested in the detectable errors: the flaws in the matrix; the boring beauty contrasting the brute; the plausible lies feeding the implausible truth. Daily consumer culture strengthens individual truism pampered by social media. Stroboscopic scraps of horror, desire, happiness and politics are mending to a highly manipulative reality. We no longer believe in fairy tales – and yet we believe in the greatest fable of all time.
He does not attempt to reproduce an accurate representation of the visual reality, instead, he uses upcycling materials such as art magazines and art books among others to create his abstract sculptures.
The balance between matter and empty space in between elements reminds us of nerve cells. Intentionally or not they are made out of information. Dozens of art magazines are crushed into small pieces and mixed with glue to give form to the basic structure of his art works.Wolfgang Flad
Azucena Gonzalez Ruiz
Jay Gard constructs works whose visual language combines aesthetics and rationality. They are made primarily of wood, plywood and steel, whose surfaces he paints with industrial colours characterized by strict geometric forms and follow a conceptual structure. In the process, traces of processing on the material – such as sanding, angular or dimensional calculations – may well remain visible to the viewer.
Gard’s works include room-sized installations as well as sculptural murals. They sometimes quote and ironize patterns in art, culture, and design history. He reinterprets and recontextualizes these by stripping them of their original meaning. In doing so, he is primarily concerned with the motivation behind the production of art and artefacts. Gard makes the purely creative process and the artistic moment itself the subject of his works.
1976 born in Rudolstadt, Thüringen, East Germany
The work of Christian Henkel investigates lines, shapes and space. His curiously constructed and deconstructed objects document the architectural processes of his work, which are influenced by constructivism and abstract colour field painting. His creative freedom rushes the combination of materials and forms into a subtle constellation. A seemingly continuous moment and the charm of a still unfinished studio work finally manifests itself in clarity and precision when it is exhibited. While the shapes of the sculptures simply remain unique, the fruitful and direct use of paint and colour nuances achieve a high individuality of every object. The living compositions evolve from painting to sculpture and back into a three-dimensional painting installation.
1988 – 93 free studies in set and costume design at Staatliche Hochschule der bildenden Kuenste Stuttgart Weissenhof, Prof.Peter Grau and Prof. Jürgen Rose
1988 career guidance period , Paris , France
1986-88 training mechanics for industry , Reutlingen , Germany
1971-84 high school diploma Abitur , Friedrich-List-Gymnasium , Reutlingen
1992-today free artist in Berlin mainly working in wooden relief , sculpture drawing, wood printing
In the surrealistic and alienating work of Jeroen Cremers (1972, NL), various influences melt together into a new world view in which modernist stylistic influences merge effortlessly with the history of ancient Egypt, or other ancient cultures.
The sculptures can be recognised because of their animal bodies and are clear references to found statues of ancient gods.
The heads have been abstracted and replaced by strange stacks of geometric shapes. Cubes and pyramids dominate in Cremers’ new sculptures. The combined Shapes refer to the past, but also to elements from science fiction, such as the black monolith from the film 2001: A Space Odyssey.
Elena Marti Manzanares
Lea Asja Pagenkemper
It is this moment of unknown curiosity, like when I open a curtain. A curtain hides or shades something; but then the lookthrough: a sunrise? A landscape? An accident?
That’s what I love, this moment when everything is truth, when all is presence.
1988 – 1990 University of Art and Design,
Class for visual design (with Wolfgang Flatz, Dietmar Eberle), Linz, Austria/Austria
1990 – 1995 State Academy of Fine Arts, Städelschule, Class for Painting and Art Theory/class for painting and art theory (with Raimer Jochims), Frankfurt am Main, Germany
2004/05 Lectureship “New Forms of Painting”/Lectureship “New forms of painting”, Academy of Fine Arts, Mainz, Germany
2017/18 Deputy professorship for painting / Visiting professor for painting, Academy of Fine Arts, Karlsruhe, Germany, Germany
Jose Antonio Picazo
Influenced by the the industrial and architectural revolution in our world the work presented here talks about the rhythms inherited, our daily life, about a reality that seems intangible.
The work presented has the universal language of painting, it speaks of repetitions, of saturations, of structures but also of depth, of space, of emptiness, of future, of finally uniting the background with the form.
This work wants to be a representation of the current structures of our lives, with the industrial aesthetics that we have inherited. It also wants to show another way where we can dilute the present structures in another project of society, where the natural environment that surrounds us has more importance, and likewise changing the environment we will be able to progress towards another identity.
In short, it is an exercise in pictorial experimentation, where texture, depth, expansion and layers are studied. It is an attempt to break with the traditional rules in order to find new solutions.
1984–90 studied at the Staatlichen Akademie der Bildenden Künste Karlsruhe with Peter DreherCaro Suerkemper
Working with painting on board, Wolf is inspired by the major abstract Modern movements of the 20th century. His work transcends this rich tradition by leaving traces of imperfection and uniqueness behind. Colour, geometry and symmetry are explored through his work. He graduated in 2001 from the Academy of Fine Arts in Karlsruhe under Helmut Dorner and Luc Tuymans.Jens Wolf
Co-organiser of the “Clash Valencia Berlin” Exhibition on behalf of Sporting Club Russafa, Carmen worked for many years as a cultural manager, performing arts programmer and public relations manager. Her life at Sporting Club Russafa involves working with various artists and being surrounded by paintings, sculptures and art installations. Carmen, an actress and dancer by profession, has been a cultural agitator in the Ruzafa district. She is driven by her love of the arts since she was a child and her different experiences and encounters have led her to this wonderful project. She met Ricardo de Larrea a few years ago in Berlin and approached him with her interest in producing conjointly this edition of “Clash Exhibitions” in Valencia 2020 and now in 2022.
Ricardo de Larrea Remiro
Founder, curator and organiser of the art space BcmA in Berlin, started in 2018 the format “Clash” art exhibitions.
Born in Heilbronn, Germany to spanish parents he has always kept a close tie to his Spanish roots. Coming from a strong artistic influenced family, his father being a visual artist and his grandfather a musicologist, art has always been a part of his life. In 2010, Ricardo moved to Berlin where he currently resides after having lived in the south of Germany and Barcelona. He founded BcmA, an organization facilitating art projects and curating international exhibitions. Since 2012, BcmA found its permanent space in the heart of culturally vibrant Berlin-Kreuzberg. Ricardo lives and works between Berlin and Valencia, with frequent trips in Europe curious to meet new artists and grow his international curatorial art network of collaborators.