Juliane Hundertmark communicates everyday truths as she experiences them, unmasking pretentions and formalities. She paints her characters in staged groups, without deception or glamour, her distinctive style uses unusual visual metaphors to convey these observations. Animal mimicry is used to describe both agressive and gentle behaviour, while eerie transparent spirits represent a character’s subconsious personality or spirit, and often appear beside their owners.
As a keen observer, Hundertmark has developed a distinctive style of satire. She might be compared with German painters such as George Grosz and Otto Dix, however her paintings are executed in a very personal style of expressionism, which seems to embody the social conditions of our current times.
￼Dr Nadav Drukker is both a Theoretical Physicist and studio potter. He has engaged with ceramics as a tool for communicating science to a wider audience and shares his enthusiasm for StringTheory by presenting his research as an artistic manifestation through his ceramics work.
‘As I started transcribing my calculations on clay, I realised that the process itself was not a mere reflection of my research, but was influencing it.’ – Nadav Drukker
Simon Gaiger’s sculptures are both human and landscape, narrative and abstract.They are influenced by the environment of his home in rural Wales, his childhood in Africa, and his time spent working as a shipwright’s assistant. Gaiger is known for creating solid wood sculptural furniture, often chiselled and organically shaped. His wood sculptures are elegant, and follow organic lines reminiscent of the fields and valleys of the artist’s home.Within his metal sculptures there is a gentle tension of opposing forces; elements strain and pull against each other or balance precipitously.
VOLTA13 will also the the fist time the Drukker & Webb collaborative paintings have been shown. Drukker and Webb both draw from extensive knowledge in their fields, combining their unlikely subject matter; Theoretical Physics and Abstract Painting. Initially each work appears to represent a blackboard, however, as the illusion deepens a more complex image appears.
The inscribed and written formulae are ‘String Theory & Supersymmetric Field Theories’, which are Drukker’s specialised areas of research.The theory is written onto a black and white canvas as though for an advanced mathematics lesson.This field of physics is difficult to communicate to a non scientific public, however the collaboration between artist and scientist helps illustrate the beauty in the physics without a need to understand any of it.