For the period from 7th – 29th February 2020, Sporting Club Ruzafa will host an incredibly diverse exhibition in which Berlin and Valencia artists clash together in this beautiful environment in Russafa, Valencia’s creative and vibrating district.
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.
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.
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.
Isabelle Borges explores , through geometric abstract forms, space and colour fields.It ́s about space behind the space , the in-between spaces found in nature. The last 10 years , Borges work has being inspired on photos she has taken from water plants reflections on a specific lake near by Berlin. This lake has become for Borges a source of many drawings , paintings and collages. She reduces the images to lines compositions searching the order behing the chaos using geometry to explore nature structures in an attempt to apprehend what oherwise cannot be grasped.
Visual artist Bram Braam (NL, 1980) is captivated by the makeability of our daily surroundings. Apart from his photos, collages and assemblages Bram focusses on sculptural works of a subtle or –juxtaposing– monumental scale. Many influences can be found in these works: the American minimalism of Donald Judd and Sol LeWitt, the utopian thinking of architects as Le Corbusier, yet also the modernism of Bauhaus and De Stijl. In his work the schematic clarity of the Dutch landscape meets with the raw, urban chaos of Braam’s place of residence Berlin.
With Inside Rafa de Corral opens a parenthesis in his career to carry out an exercise of introspection. We are before a series of works that go into the structures, a constant motif in the long career of the painter. The search for new perspectives is evident in the synthesis that, in comparison with the previous works, has experienced his painting. It is a journey to the essentials evident both at the chromatic level, where the mastery of white and black is almost absolute (with the exception of three vibrant color accents), as well as at a compositional level.
Janine Eggert is a sculptor and installation artist, drawing upon a wide range of industrial materials and craft techniques. Her recent projects engage with the ornamental qualities of industrially manufactured goods and the technological sublime. She examines the tension between pure functionality and the aesthetic meaning and quality of form, formulating a counter- proposal to hierarchical functionalities, economic requirements and power structures that are represented in engineered formats.
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.
Heike Gallmeier combines elements of sculpture, painting and photography to form installations.
She uses space as a painting ground, as it were, to construct perspective with the aid of various objects. Depending on the viewer’s perspective, compositions dissolve and reform. Her installations and photographs not only thematize their being constructed; rather, they are also always poised on the precarious line between consistency and contingency, between context and collapse.
The “WORKS IN PROGRESS” are my personal processing and converting of art history. It is simultaneously an attack on art and a doxology. It shows the beauty of decay, the necessity of change and can be seen as symbol of “Vanitas” or “Memento Mori”. Nothing is forever. Even masterpieces of art will pay their debt to nature one day.
Christian Henkel Lives and Work in Berlin. 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.
Handrails mark the physical point of contact between man and architecture. The hand touches the railing, which is anchored in the wall. This is where the direct contact takes place, and this is where my artistic interest begins. My work often refers to the architecture and the nature of a particular place; to relationships between people and their surroundings and how people design their living space.
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
ACTIVITIES 1992-today free artist in Berlin mainly working in wooden relief , sculpture drawing, wood printing
Isabel Kerkermeier addresses in her work not simply spatial objects, but that aspect of space which in itself cannot be perceived – a space interrupted by turbulence, traversed by lines and tensions, rendered visible by apertures at countless angles.
The dutch artist Jerry Kowalsky – a pseudonym – is something of a scavenger: firstly in materials, scouring his environment for discarded cardboard packaging and old merchant posters and secondly of inspiration, the absurd and extraordinary, from voodoo to science fiction to urban mythology. (text: Kurt Beers).
Elena Martí’s work is a journey through the landscapes that become
vulnerable to the effects of time and the materials collected along the way. Roots, trunks, seeds … record the sun, the wind, the rain. Movable over time, they face vulnerability and become resistant. Nature as a metaphor for our own existence, for our lived memory, wounds, scars … Oxidations, handmade paper, irons, materials that transform and leave their mark on the paper.
My art is like cutting into a piece of cake. This very moment, when the knife enters and opens, and reveals what is inside the cake – is it cream or chocolate, cherry or caramel, red blue and purple, is it what I desire? Or pure aversion? 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.
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.
Paul Pretzer was born in 1981 in Paide, Estonia. He studied painting at the Academy of Arts in Kiel and Dresden. He currently lives and works in Berlin and Barcelona. He is represented by Marc Straus Gallery, New York and Galerie FELDBUSCHWIESNERRUDOLPH, Berlin.
Anja Schwörer was born in 1972 in Kandel, Germany; she lives and works in Berlin.
Anja Schwörer’s art is inspired by the theme of memory. Remembrance is understood as material that can take on the most bizarre and capricious connotations and forms. These forms are impressed on the fabric through the stages of dying, bleaching, knotting, and untying. The bleaching process lies at the core of the work, partly due to the printing and photographic techniques that Schwörer has mastered.
(Text: Valentina Galossi, lab-life of artists in Berlin, 2018)
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.
Ricardo de Larrea Remiro
Founder, curator and organiser of the “Clash” Exhibitions. Ricardo de Larrea born in Heilbronn, Germany to spanish parents 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 network of collaborators.
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“Here or There?”
Where are We when not Here, right now in this moment reading this? Is it a matter for you where you live? Do you live Here or There? What is the difference between being Here or There or somewhere else? Are you happier Here or There? Is the level of happiness measured better Here or There?
I guess nowhere!
(Author: R.de Larrea)
Reading the title “Clash Madrid”, thoughts and ideas of a violent and hostile clash come to mind, but far from it.The logistically challenging exhibition stands under the sign of possibilities – bringing together two different artistic environments from two different places. The mediation of impressions, such as community, beyond cultural and geographical borders is the focus of the artistic clash. The exhibition stands in contrast to the tendency of demarcation prevailing in current events. This exciting power struggle between stimulus and emotions grows in moments of closeness. Only in such moments of proximity can art tell its story of a better life; only then awakens the sense of possibilities which our present might just be longing. “It is simply not a political act for a work of art to say how the world would be better,” writes philosopher Christoph Menke.