On the occasion of the DC Open, a collective open weekend organised by Düsseldorf and Cologne galleries, Galerie Bene Taschen will present its first solo gallery exhibition with German painter Charlotte Trossbach, of Mainz.
The exhibition will show a selection of thirteen oil paintings created by Trossbach in 2018. The exhibition title, Shine, embodies a strong characteristic of Charlotte Trossbach's work, with gloss and brilliance being trademark to her technique. Paint, glass and metal shine out of the canvas. The viewer succumbs to an illusion with her images radiating strength, femininity, clarity and elegance.
Charlotte Trossbach's photorealistic images seek beauty in the superficial and fleeting. Her motifs show everyday things, such as gourmet products or consumer goods, which are painstakingly replicated on canvas with elaborate photographic aesthetics. Deviations of the norm in a seemingly perfect order are lovingly projected onto the screen. Macro shots of secluded, still life-like scenes, which are given little importance in everyday life, are staged in a stylish way by Trossbach's painterly arts. Spatial distance reinforces the motif of the photorealistic illusion, but from a close-up, individual color surfaces seem abstract. The aristocratic array of lipsticks in the work "London Lipsticks" illustrates the almost documentary view of the painter, which arises from frontal perspectives and organizational structures.
Themes in Charlotte Trossbach's paintings include light and the illuminated, the moving and the transparent. Elegant and powerful displays of gloss, reflections, color gradients and complicated refractions are transferred to the canvas, creating an illusion of plasticity and material. Painting as a plea for the original. Pictures as pictures, detached from functionality.
Charlotte Trossbach was born in 1985 in Mainz. She lives and works in Cologne.
Friday, September 7, 2018, 6 – 10 pm
Wednesday - Saturday, 1 – 6 pm or by appointment
Image: © Charlotte Trossbach, London Lipsticks, 2018, Oil on canvas, 39 x 55 inches
Founded in Cologne in 2011, Galerie Bene Taschen represents some of the leading international artists in contemporary photography and painting. The gallery is committed to promoting its roster of international artists with regular participation in prominent art fairs such as Paris Photo and Art Cologne, as well as an extensive exhibition schedule. In 2011, Galerie Bene Taschen debuted with the LA based photographer, Gregory Bojorquez, together with Joseph Rodriguez, from New York. In 2014, acclaimed photographer, Miron Zownir, from Berlin, and the Düsseldorf painter, Oliver Blum, joined the gallery program. 2015 saw the addition of American photographers, Jamel Shabazz and Arlene Gottfried, both from New York City, and in 2016, German painter, Ulrike Nattermüller. As of fall 2017, the gallery is pleased to announce the representation of New York based photographer, Jeff Mermelstein and German painter, Charlotte Trossbach.