Ladies and Gentlemen,
we are happy to invite you to visit us at Positions Berlin Art Fair Booth B 17. This year the Positions Berlin Art Fair will take place from September 27-30, 2018 at Flughafen Tempelhof-Hangar 4, in Berlin, Germany.
We will present the artists Starsky Brines, Goekhan Erdogan, Johnny Green, Sam Jackson, Ksenija Jovišević, John Stark and Hendrik Zimmer.
We look forward to seeing you in Berlin.
Galerie Heike Strelow and Team
Opening Hours of Positions Berlin Art Fair:
Thursday, 27 September 5 - 9 pm
Friday, 28 September 1 - 8 pm
Saturday, 29 September 1 - 8 pm
Sunday, 30 September 11 am - 6 pm
Starsky Brines’s paintings and drawings captivate audiences with their distinctive style and a recurring theme. In his bold works, the artist focuses on characters that are built from the combination of anthropomorphic and zoomorphic features, as well as the appropriation of elements from comics and toys from his childhood. These characters distort reality to venture into an environment of subcultures and urbanism evoked by the spontaneous intuition of his strokes and the appropriation of the contemporary iconography. Personally influenced by his mother and art historically influenced by Latin American figurative art, the German neoexpressionism, the Italian Transavantgarde, and the COBRA group, his works oscillate between figuration and abstraction. Brines holds a degree in Fine Art from the Instituto Universitario de Estudios Superiores de Artes Plásticas Armando Reverón in Caracas. His work has received international attention in exhibitions and has been incorporated into important collections in cities such as Caracas, Basel, Buenos Aires, Bogota, Santander, Miami, Madrid and Seoul. Starsky Brines is a Venezuelan Artist bon in Venezuela, in 1977. He lives and works in Caracas, Venezuela.
His artistic practice is the result of an extended on-going research about the topic, in which philosophical, psychological, sociological, art history and political aspects are equally important. This comprehensive research provides the basis for the creation and production process that is paradoxically reduced and minimalistic. The image of himself in form of photography or photocopy becomes simultaneously the content and the material. By laminating thousand photographs of himself into solid blocks, he creates photo-sculptures resulting in a variety of bas-reliefs. Each of these works embodies at the same time the repetition of the same and the difference in approaches. By doing so, the work touches fundamental issues of human existence by stimulating questions without forcing any specific answers. On a psychological level, Erdogan is interested in the way humans relate or fail to relate to their own depiction and the consequences these relations produce; like narcissistic personality disorders. Still, influenced by the advantages and disadvantages of a second-generation immigrant, growing up in Frankfurt am Main, his practice implicitly addresses questions related to identity in general. Goekhan Erdogan born in Frankfurt am Main, studied first from 2006-2007 at State Academy of Fine Arts, Städelschule Frankfurt am Main with Christa Näher, before he made his Diploma (2012 with Adam Jankowski and Marc Ries) and Post Graduate Studies (2014, with Marc Ries and Gunter Reski) at Academy of Art and Design (HFG), Offenbach am Main. He lives in Frankfurt/Main.
Jonny Green’s paintings of sculptures are mad-men rendered crudely in plastine and electrical tape or abject-looking re-animated brains adorned with filthy paper flowers and grubby clockwork parts. Each depicted character seems to be demanding recognition and validation from the viewer in spite of their manifest flaws, they seem to be trying to adorn themselves in an attempt to make their appearance more palatable. In contrast to the gleeful, almost slapdash making of the sculptures, their subsequent rendering in paint is meticulous. Green explains this approach as ‘an attempt to dignify and document or give testament to something that seemingly lacks dignity or a voice’. The resulting paintings are both still-life and portrait, animate and inanimate. As viewers we experience a kind of cognitive dissonance as we are simultaneously attracted and repelled by them at the same time. As a painter and musician he has been traveling the world showcasing his practice in numerous exhibitions and concerts. Green (b. 1966 North Yorkshire) lives and works in Yorkshire, United Kingdom.
Sam Jackson’s compulsive oil paintings explore themes of transgression and power in intimate portraits of youth culture and desire. Jackson’s text appears propelled to new, heightened voices. Symbols and statements speak of inner dialogues and desires, driving us to question the tensions between our public and private identities; and to navigate truths about intimacy, fantasy, and will. With gravity and compassion, Jackson’s paintings walk the line between violence and vulnerability, regret and desire, kissing and fucking. The subjects in Jackson’s paintings, derive from various sources, reflecting current tendencies in an image obsessed society in the internet age, where traditional notions of private and public access have been transformed. Images from Polaroids, magazines, video clips and the internet are used to explore the worlds of DIY tattoos, addiction, homemade and amateur pornography, fantasy, excess, youth culture, violence, Baroque and Renaissance painting, failure, literature and music. Sam Jackson graduated in 2007 from the Royal Academy Schools in London and achieved instant recognition by going into the collections of Sir Norman Rosenthal, Kay Saatchi and David Roberts. Since then he has gone on to exhibit in Berlin, Frankfurt, Krakow, Los Angeles, Napoli, New York and Rome.
Her practice is rooted in the traditional medium of painting and drawing and has developed further into photography and video. Her works are the result of dealing with the omnipresent questions of existence. Using psychological aspects of existential philosophy, exposing different time positions, as well as illusions while working in various media, she is interested in infinity as a possibility and one’s need for creating limits where they do not exist. The series „Somewhere. Over.“ consists of oil pastel on impregnated paper with handmade surfaces, composed of layers of polished oil filler. In her works the process of creation and production are as important as the finished work. Ksenija Jovišević (*1988 Belgrade, Serbia) lives and works in Frankfurt/Main Germany. She finished her MFA, in Painting at the Faculty of Fine Arts, Belgrade in 2012. From 2015 to 2017 she studied at Städelschule, in the class of Prof. Willem de Rooij, Frankfurt/Main, Germany.
John Stark’s new alcove paintings invite us into an illusory medieval world of bee-craft, populated by artisans, monks, witches and fools. Laden with symbolic and mythological allusions these works draw heavily on the dreamlike and archetypal, where Stark deploys universal motifs in combinations that are unique only to him. Subtle anachronisms including beach balls, wrist watches and tattoos destabilise our notions of time, suggesting a decoupling from standard notions of past, present and future. The formal trope of the alcove is employed throughout this series with great variety. Emblazoned with symbols or inscriptions, their negative spaces suggest excavated tombstones whilst serving as portals or internal ledges. Heraldic symbols, icons, relics, figures or landscape might be depicted within this pictorial space, placing the viewer between interior and exterior, and also emphasising a heightened voyeuristic element within the work. His work is presented in private and public collections in Australia, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Switzerland, United Kingdom & United States. Sark (b. 1979 Hounslow) lives and works in Scotland.
Hendrik Zimmer develops his paintings and installations concerned particularly with their materiality and their ways of presentation and dissemination in the physical and digital space. He appropriates found fragments of posters, images and writing used in advertising in order to incorporate these pre-existing commodified and digitally reproduced images, in the canvas. On the incorporated advertisement images Zimmer intervenes by pouring, brushing, and scrubbing extensive fields of colour, stripping away layers of glued paper and painting them over again experimenting with Décollage strategies. However his work can only be finalized in the exhibition space where the appropriate installations display of the paintings and other elements can be arranged. In the exhibited condition can Hendrik Zimmer works accomplish their final “picture” in which they are to be understood, documented and reintroduced and distributed again. Hendrik Zimmer, born 1973 in Frankfurt am Main, attended first the National Academy of Fine Arts in Karlsruhe, before he studied at Academy of Fine Arts, Städelschule Frankfurt am Main with Tobias Rehberger. 2008 he graduated with a Master in Fine Arts. His works have been honored with solo and group exhibitions in institutions such as the Frankfurter Kunstverein, Portikus, St. Georgen Frankfurt and Alte Spinnerei Leipzig. Hendrik Zimmer lives in Frankfurt/Main.