50 x 40 cm, Öl auf Nessel
In the exhibition Alle Tage (All Days) of the Hamburg-based artists Henrik Hold and Claudia Rösener, Hold's paintings of interiors and still lifes found in his own apartment meet Rösener's ceramic vessels and figurative watercolors based on or modeled after figurative sculptures from various eras and cultural areas.
The exhibited works always emerge from concrete things - one's own habitat, items of everyday use, or sculpture embedded in a collective art history.
Henrik Hold constructs his paintings on black-grounded canvasses, then applying the brighter colors in layers. The effects of light and shadow create images almost bordering on abstraction. They can be described as investigations into the relationship between space, light, atmosphere, and time. With painterly means Henrik Hold transforms into color planes a spatiality perceived and experienced as real, thus constructing a space imagined within space perceived - or a space perceived within one imagined. This superposition results in spatial situations mediating a sense at the same time of everyday living and eternal silence. Looking at these pictures allows for either focussing on the items depicted or on the invisible in-between which surrounds them all.
Claudia Rösener's ceramic bowls form their own little spaces opening to the exterior around them and, by way of their "being-form", defining an inside and an outside.
Shaping a vessel or "painting" it with glaze, or transfering a sculptural model upon a painterly surface, Claudia Rösener encounters an inner relationship.
The subtle alienations and shifts are what she seeks in order to edge the skin of a vessel, or the shape of a head, closer to certain physical experiences.
This may be equally found in the stable harmony of a bowl, the tentative movement of the brush, or the shallows of a watercolor sinking into black.