Galerie Kornfeld is pleased to present a duo exhibition featuring abstract oil paintings by Austrian artist Hubert Scheibl alongside photographs by Berlin-based Georgian artist David Meskhi for Berlin Art Week.
Within the works of both artists the viewer is entering into a representation of reality in which boundaries of time are blurred and the subjects of the works are roaming free within indefinable spaces. Temporal concepts of beginnings and ends are broken down as the layers of Scheibl's work give room to actions of the past and present within the fabric of the paint itself and the hand of the artist at play. Similarly images of gymnasts floating impossibly in Soviet gymnasiums within Meskhi's photographs could have been taken generations before, however the ephemerality of his subject matter disturbs the context of time all together. For both Scheibl and Meskhi, the subject matter is often frozen between action and reaction, ignorant for that moment of its movement through the passage of time, providing an evocative melding of past and present and a sense of the fragility of memory. Movement plays a central role as Meskhi's subjects are swimming in space and Scheibl's brushtrokes create deliberate gestural-abstractions of motion. By utilizing abstraction as a means to remove the layers of reality surrounding us, both artists arrive at the purest essence of the present.
Hubert Scheibl (*1952, Gmunden) studied with Max Weiler and Arnulf Rainer at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna. In 1988 he exhibited at the Venice Biennale. His works are shown worldwide in solo and group exhibitions, most recently at the Kunsthalle Wien and the Albertina Wien. In autumn 2019, his works will be exhibited at the Parkview Museum in Beijing. Other notable solo and group shows include the Museum der Bildenden Künste, Leipzig, the Museum der Moderne, Salzburg, the Kunsthalle, Vienna, and the Kunsthistorisches Museum, also in Vienna. His works can be found in many important collections, such as the Centre Pompidou, Paris, the Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation, Miami, the Albertina, Vienna, and the Collection of the European Central Bank in Frankfurt. Hubert Scheibl currently lives and works in Vienna.
David Meskhi (1979, Tbilisi) completed his photography degree at Shota Rustaveli Theatre and Film University in Tbilisi in 2005. Early in his career he worked as a photographer for the main Georgian cultural magazines and his artworks were presented in the collection of the Georgian House of photography. After his first Solo show which consisted of analog photographs of skaters and Athletes, taken in his native country he co-directed an award winning documentary "When the Earth Seems to be Light", which is based on his photographs. His works have been shown in numerous solo and group exhibitions, including the Museum für Angewandte Kunst in Frankfurt, the Braunsfelder Family Collection in Cologne, the Calvert 22 Foundation in London, the Georgian National Museum in Tbilisi, the Robert Capa Contemporary Photography Centre in Budapest and the Kunstverein Freiburg in Germany. David Meskhi currently lives and works in Berlin.