The theoretical and practical approach suggested by this title unites the two artists Anette Haas and Denise Winter, yet also points to the divergences in their specific implementations of a shared approach. In any case, the artists and their works represent two poles of the gallery’s program: two generations of contemporary artists with differing attitudesand very separate artistic paths. In this way, the artists and their works are juxtaposed in this meeting at dr. julius | ap, and this contrast lends the exhibition its appeal.
Since the 1990’s, Anette Haas [b. 1961 in Salzgitter] has engaged with the essential questions of painting by attempting to work with and develop the idiosyncrasies of the metier, and to go beyond its assumed limits. In addition to the intrinsic themes of color and spectrum, surface and edge, technique and variation of execution, the materiality of painting is always central to Haas’s work. The creation of spatiality and objecthood is closely related to this idea of materiality. For example, several groups of work employ a combination of cloth, paint, and wax to free the canvas and what’s painted on it from the classical frame, leading to a sculptural malleability and an intensified relationship between viewer and space. In addition, Anette Haas rigorously pursues her chosen themes in works on paper, where she painstakingly manually develops surfaces using colored pencils and acrylics, thereby sensitively applying the formal repertoire of her painting practice, as well as her investigation of borders and sites of transition, to the special material qualities of paper. This exhibition presents works from both sides of her practice.
In 2012 Anette Haas’s work was shown in one of dr. julius | ap’s now infrequent solo exhibitions under the title .rand.bedingungen. [limiting conditions]. She has also been included in several group shows, including most recently the gallery’s presentation for the Berlin POSITIONS art fair. In 2015 Kunstmuseum Villa Zanders in Bergisch-Gladbach presented a retrospective of her work, along with a comprehensive catalogue. Anette Haas lives and works in Berlin, New York, and Hannover, where since 2014 she has been Professor of Artistic Design at the Leibniz University of Hannover in the department of Architecture and Landscape.
Denise Winter [b. 1983 in Berlin], studied art and graduated at Monika Brandmeier‘s master class of sculpture at the Academy of Fine Arts, Dresden. In her work she uses various methods, as well a very wide range of media and tools, to pursue questions of artistic form and ways of finding it. She develops models for her work based on careful observation, recording, and analysis of the objects, built structures, and landscapes that make up her personal, experienced world. Capturing these subjects through photography or drawing, she then generates new geometric-spatial structures and visual patterns by deconstructing, processing, and projecting what she sees. She then further develops these models, using them as a basis for milling, cutting, or lasing widely varying materials into pictorial and sculptural objects. Through this process she creates, for example, reliefs out of solid wood, veneer, or particleboard panels, milled MDF, laminated wood, or Corian, as well as rolled sculptures of lased aluminum. She also uses pinhole cameras for long-exposure photography, combines slide projections and motion sensors for interactive installations, choreographs dance performances, and writes poems for her series of typewriter drawings, which employ various styles of typography. This versatility allows her to continually develop a wide variety of original, fresh work; her first big exhibition at dr. julius | ap thereby also acts as a preview of new contemporary approaches within the gallery’s specific program of minimal conceptual art.
Denise Winter was awarded the 2010 Prize of the Caspar David Friedrich Gesellschaft of Greifswald, and in 2013 she won first prize in the art-in-architecture competition of the Federal Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection in Berlin. In 2014-15, at the recommendation of dr. julius | ap, she participated in the exhibition Einknicken oder Kante zeigen?: Die Kunst der Faltung [Bend or Show the Edge?: The Art of Folding] at the Museum of Concrete Art and Design in Ingolstadt and the Kunstraum Alexander Bürkle in Freiburg. Denise Winter lives and works in Cologne.
Please find examples of works at http://www.dr-julius.de/index.html#_drj058rot. For use in print media please contact us.
Anette Haas _ Denise Winter
Opening Thursday, October 20, 2016
Exhibition through November 19, 2016
Thursday–Saturday 3–7 pm and by appointment
dr. julius | ap
S-Bahn Julius-Leber-Brücke + Südkreuz · Bus 106 + 204