Thursday, 1 August, 2013, 7 pm - Exhibition opening
Tuesday, 3 September, 2013, 5:30 pm - Guided tour
In a world that is seemingly overtaking itself, where everything takes place at a breathless pace, in which the individual, high-quality image is at risk of disappearing...
In a world where people are almost unable to experience the moment and which is pervaded by a placeless visual overkill...
... it is high time that we create locations which reintroduce contemplation to the zeitgeist. The exhibition “In Trance” provides just such a location. It addresses the processes involved in oil painting, considered outmoded as they are extremely slow and painstaking. On show are paintings by three outstanding European painters, whose technical perfection and unusually sensitive, reductive range of colours create worlds which are able to drive a wedge of reflection into a soulless age. They put the observer in a trance, so to speak, as their fragile imagery can generate a preponderance of reality which appears to be uncoupled from the outside world, following secret laws of withdrawal and suggestion.
(Uwe Goldenstein, curator)
born in Linz in 1975
lives and works in Vienna
This young Viennese painter with Hungarian roots is a master at making things disappear. This includes the fact that his figures enter into an unusual union with the place where they are located; a union which gives the appearance of being completely natural. As demonstrated in his magnificent Sekundenschlaf series, bodies blend in with their environment; everything looks very quiet, almost solemn. In the well-balanced painting the entire body almost dissolves in the interplay of colours and shapes and starts to interact with the light shining upon it. Spots of light combine with nuances of colour, overlap and are inseparably united. The facial features vanish, in the same way that the mind also appears to drift into limbo.
Adam Bota possibly belongs to the last generation of painters who are able to reproduce the zeitgeist through the medium of painting. His works are represented in a number of international collections and displayed throughout the world.
born in Bologna in 1981
lives and works in Bologna
Rudy Cremonini is without doubt one of the most interesting young painters in Italy. What is remarkable is his reserved, very focused way of painting which leaves the oil its own space to slowly flow. You can always see how the paint was applied to the canvas; it forms part of the picture structure itself. The subject of the painting struggles to raise itself out of the impasto depths. This means that as you look at the painting, specific features constantly emerge and then slip back out of sight. This tension-laden process allows the viewer’s eye to take things at its own speed, resolutely unaffected by any external or artificial acceleration. In both an extremely charming and subtle manner, Cremonini is calling for that moment of contemplation that has possibly already been forgotten; for the chance of authentic feeling in contemporary art.
Rudy Cremonini's works have already been displayed in numerous exhibitions, including some in Berlin and New York. His next solo exhibition will be held in the Galerie Thomas Fuchs in Stuttgart in September 2013.
born in Bilbao in 1967
lives and works in Bilbao
An eerie tension flows through Joseba Eskubi's strangely abstract landscapes. Bundled forms lay strewn as if they have fallen from the skies. His colour ranges are reminiscent of Dalí, the mood that is generated is very subtly based on a surreal inner life without any specific direction being stipulated in the picture. A horizon dividing the two primary colours of the landscape is the only reference to a "world outside" in these charmingly small-format works. Within this are embedded fragile bodies that are seemingly only held together by the coloured streaks and which also appear to be very alive in a morphological but simultaneously uncertain sense. They stand there in a very natural manner. And when viewed for a longer period of time they spread an atmosphere which is increasingly charged and increasingly meditative. What it is being charged by remains uncertain. In a wonderful touch by the Basque painter, it is only determined aesthetically, by the brilliant colours of the oil. This is because his works are impressively elusive of any specific interpretation; they remain indefinable, and in the best possible artistic sense a purely aesthetic landscape.
Joseba Eskubi was born in Bilbao in 1967, where he has been living to this day. His works are represented in numerous European collections. His first solo exhibition is being held in Berlin in the autumn of 2013.