“Hands up! This is a holdup!” A group of artists, gathered by the German gallerist Jochen Hempel, break into CCA’s most predominant space. The CCA Kunsthalle will surrender to Carsten Fock, Peter Krauskopf, Bastian Muhr and Tilo Schulz - and we admit it, we do it joyfully.
Four personalities – four proposals that together will challenge the established standards. And just as a band of robbers, these four artists are going for it all.
The exhibition brings together four different approaches towards painting’s representation and perception of space. The pieces on display will favour the dialogue exchanges, which on an abstract basis, will scrutinise the awareness of the represented, the shared and the architectural spaces.
From an analytical perspective, the site-specific floor piece created by the artist Bastian Muhr will hold a challenge of the viewer’s perceptive senses. Often based on spatial conceived systems, Muhr strongly deals with the coincidence. Every look at his work will imply a new view of the whole. Whereas Muhr, in his floor drawing converts the object into a subject, Tilo Schulz's renowned Tondi, on the contrary, confers a sculptural value to the pictorial object. Acting as a sphere, Schulz intensifies the Tondi’s breakup and fracturing essence, expanding its transition until its reunion. A second group of works will highlight Schulz’s commitment to political and cultural events, read from an historic aesthetical perspective, proving his subtle and sensitive expressiveness.
Conceptually more orthodox, the paintings by the artists Carsten Fock and Peter Krauskopf will complete the exhibition in its expressive aspect. Both share a common devotion to the painting process, but while the former’s compositions are created from brave colourful lines of brushstrokes, the latter scratches the work removing the surface layers and thus revealing the iridescent background. Presenting here a series of small-size drawings on paper, Krauskopf’s works reveal a deep knowledge of formal abstract expression, underscoring the lively nature behind the opaque layers of paint.
Philosophical content dealing is inherent in Fock’s work. Throughout his career he has developed a personal and renowned language, born from a profound understanding of the history of painting and referencing the inner necessity to canalize the emotional and spiritual dimensions of the physical world within a contemporary approach.
Contrast will define this exhibition; these new artistic perspectives will lead the viewer to a wide new field of possibilities within painting and will ultimately suppose a challenge to our senses and willingness of engagement to this medium.
It is a great honour for CCA Andratx to host this exhibition, which has been the first close collaboration with the renowned gallery Jochen Hempel. Headquartered in Leipzig and Berlin, the gallery works in a modern approach its extensive program, ranging from new international artists to more established artists.
During the month of September, the four artists will use the CCA Studios as a platform for the creation of new works specifically for the exhibition. Carsten Fock and Tilo Schulz are recidivists at CCA and we are eager to face Peter Krauskopf and Bastian Muhr.
Exhibition organized in collaboration with Galerie Jochen Hempel