DITTRICH & SCHLECHTRIEM is pleased to participate at ART DÜSSELDORF 2018. Following our 2017 booth installation of selected artists connected with Olafur Eliasson‘s Institut Für Raumexperimente, the gallery again presents an expanded booth presentation for 2018 of gallery artists ASGER CARLSEN, JULIAN CHARRIÈRE, DORIAN GAUDIN, ROBERT LAZZARINI and NICOLA MARTINI in dialogue with a selection of artists from Israel, including DAVID ADIKA, EITAN BEN MOSHE, ELAD KOPLER, IVRI LIDER, FATMA SHANAN and GAL WEINSTEIN.
Together, the group of artists articulate both a political and personal examination of space and time, including the passing of time, particularly within the context of a possibly post-natural landscape or conflicted environment. Issues of identity, territory, and materiality are represented and challenged through a variety of media. Details on the artworks to be exhibited in the booth are included in the text below. To request additonal information or images please do not hesitate to contact Chris Lünsmann at [email protected].
CARLSEN‘s latest series titled "BLISTERCARD" consists of large-format color photographs printed on delicate silk stretched over industrial aluminum frames. The images have been digitally sculpted in a complex process of layering, shaping, and synthesizing hundreds of the artist‘s own photographs. While remaining distinctly digital in their production, the resulting artworks disturb the medium of photography, engaging in a rather innovative discussion on painting and contemporary image-making.
Along with photographic work from the recent series "An Invitation to Disappear", CHARRIÈRE will exhibit new sculptural work titled "To Observe is to Influence", from a series of totemic teak pillars that have been incised, and burnt over, with imagery of rainforests based on the prints of Alfred Russel Wallace, the 19th century British explorer, biologist and anthropologist. Concurrently on view, is the artists solo museum show "As We Used to Float" at Berlinische Galerie Museum for Modern Art in Berlin, through 08 April 2019.
GAUDIN exhibits a wall sculpture titled "Catch A Spot", composed of sheets of raw aluminum, with portions painted and finished in chrome and manipulated into crumpled imperfect forms. False light and color reflect on the surfaces, deceivingly, compounding with true surface reflections occurring in the context of the physical space and arrangements. Breaking the tenacity of minimalism with the instability of abstraction, the animated artworks point also at figuration.
LAZZARINI will premiere new paintings, depicting “break ins”, investigating relationships between violence of the home and breaches of psychological space. The artist intermingles two distinct spaces within the works; the representational space of the original image and the transversal space of the picture plane. Within the paintings, the image/pattern conflict generates an opticality and proposes a correlation between the limitations of sight and the vulnerability of the home.
In relation to his recent solo show at the gallery titled Molten, MARTINI, presents "Clear Murk I" and "Clear Murk II". The two drop-shaped epoxy tank sculptures are mounted on a wall, containing mixtures of demineralized water with either red clay or graphite and metal minerals permanently suspended in an impermanent liquid state.
As in "Untitled (HOME STUDIES)", ADIKA photographs technically perfect and highly aestheticized images of objects in his home, carefully collected over the years. The objects, with Orientalistic air, Adika collects and photographs function as carriers of cultures and identities, bringing to the fore questions of time, memory, origin, status, and beauty, while delineating a line that stretches between original and fake, high and low.
BEN MOSHE presents "Hole in the Cold", from a series of light boxes and sculptures that consist of melted and cast glass, metal, polymers, and lights. With this unconventional mix of diverse materials he demonstrates, quite literally, the notion of a “melting pot” characterizing the history of the State of Israel since its establishment.
In his large-scale abstract paintings, "KOPLER" interweaves influences of great 20th century painters with key figures in Israeli painting and a personal statement. Through the layers of the painting, Kopler tries to emulate worn materials and capture a process of disintegration and the passage of time.
LIDER - one of Israel’s most renowned musicians - tells a very personal story in his works. Lider captures, with a sensitive eye, islands of beauty and calm within the chaos, a feature characteristic of his photographs in general. The large scale photograph of a man’s back in the shower, aptly titled "In Shower", echoes the act of peeping, and moment of reflection.
SHANAN will have her first solo show with the gallery in 2019, with two resent works on view in the booth. Shanan is known for her paintings of carpets, which started as hyper-realistic paintings and over the years evolved into fields of color pixels. The carpet often acts as a signifier of the Druze culture from which she comes, removing it from its natural place in a gesture of defiance, and placing it outdoors in different surroundings, and at times in the presence of women and girls. Shanan raises questions about place and our relation to the place and ourselves, pushing the boundaries of identity and the boundaries of the body in space.
WEINSTEIN, who represented Israel in the 57th Venice Biennale, will be featured in the booth with a sculptural installation of nesting coffee tables and large scale wall work. Weinstein is interested in the subjugation of the land. His particular focus is on the Jezreel Valley, a plain in northern Israel. The coffee tables presented are the outcome of a process of collecting the residues of hundreds of moldy cups of coffee that accumulated in the artist’s studio over time, forming a landscape that reminded him of his earlier works of Jezreel Valley. The works confront the ravages of time, offering aesthetic and alluring imagery that has an expiration date, comprised of mold and decay.