The virtuous drawing technique of the German artist Maike Freess, rich in an inexhaustible source of imagination, has an innate magnetic force, almost brutal. It is no longer the mere aesthetic pleasure to push the viewer to look at her As first collaboration with the milanese gallery FEDERICO RUI ARTE CONTEMPORANEA, WEDNESDAY 31st JANUARY 2018 opens in Rui's rooms in Milan the first Italian solo exhibition by renown German artist MAIKE FREESS titled Gli Eredi Silenti, presenting ten of her artworks, partially prepared for the occasion. !
Maike Freess works indiscriminately with different medias: photography, sculpture, video and installation. Her main production is nevertheless bond to drawing, technique through which she achieves a sort of hyperrealism.
Men, women and child are portrait in their most intimate condition, in spaces where anything is granted, as suspended in the oneiric moment between wakefulness and slumber. “Beauty”, “proportion” are just starting points. In her drawing process, the subjects start transforming, as something hidden and repressed would be revealed, something secretly desired, mixing up fiction and reality.
She doesn’t get to surrealism, because her works gives the feeling to be generate by a sort of a poetic vision. That’s because behind her figures hides a deep psychological work, as it’s not a specific subject to be represented, but more a memory of a dream, where conscious and subconscious, subjective and universal blend into one. !
Maike Fress describes the main theme of her artistic research to be the individual in its imperfect nature, limited and unstable, the relationship with itself, with its surrounding, with other people and with society: the ambiguity of human psyche.
Arthur Schopenhauer wrote: “memory is capricious and bizarre, like a young maiden: now denying unexpectedly what conceded a hundred times, just to grant it back, when one stops thinking about it”.
In the serie “Gli Eredi” (Die Erben - The Heirs), Maike alludes to genetical predispositions, to those undesired endowments transmitted to us by our ancestors, to face our journey through life. We must face our origins, our forefathers, at every change of circumstances, to understand who we are and where our possibilities lie.!
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A contemplative work, bringing us back to a genetic code intimately connected to our inner self.!
Marcel Proust said: “we can find everything in our memory: it is a sort of pharmacy, a chemical laboratory, where we randomly put hands on a calming drug here or a dangerous venom there”. Through wisdom and experience we become able to obtain from our subconsciousness the proper instruments to face what’s lying in front of us. The existential experience becomes life thanks to memory.