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Solo show: JOHN YOUNG - THREE PROPOSITIONS - Painting (over)

3 May 2003 until 28 June 2003

Besselstr. 14
10969 Berlin
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In his artworks John Young combines painting on canvas with largesized digital prints of pre-founded pictures. He multiplies and fragments images and information, he mates abstraction with photorealism, conflates Western and East-Asian submittals to seperate them again. As a Chinese, born and grown up in Hong Kong, and an Australian based artist today, he reflects 'between' worlds of migrants and denies the assimilation which is postulated in Autralia as well as in Europe. Based on this context the new works of the painter can be seen as a comment on the Western curatorial-scene. Those are requiring assimilation likewise an 'Asian- Chinese authenticity'.

John Youngs work declines to be one thing, in one way, of one artist. He states: 'since Benjamin one function of the act of painting is to resuscitate a sense of affection for the image - to literally affect it. Painting is the body's union with the image, and to paint a photographic image - that is an image which is, so to speak, frozen dead out of the stream of time, is, to me, a sort of reincarnation. Regarding 'thinness' I have never gotten to a point in the belief of authorship that the mark is the mark of the author. Expressionism has never been my cup of tea - painting an image for me has always been the body's relation to the surface, not an author's relation.'

John Young was born 1956 in Hong Kong and emigrated 1967 to Australia. After his studies of Philosophy he mayored in painting and sculpture at the Sydney College of the Arts. He lives and works in Sydney and Hong Kong.

The exhibition THREE PROPOSITIONS is a coproduction with ANNA SCHWARTZ GALLERY, Melbourne. The show is sponsored by the AUSTRALIA COUNCIL. A catalogue is published.

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Our exhibition DER REST DER WELT at NEUFFER IM PARK, PIRMASENS is developing to a great success. The privat art hall of Bernd D. Hummel makes it possible for us to show on 1200 m2 40 artists with around 100 artworks. The opening, which was held by the German minister for economic affairs, Wolfgang Clement, was visited by more than 600 people.

The presented artists:
Aboudramane, Elfenbeinküste | Owoso Ankomah, Ghana | Arahmaiani, Indonesien | Tim Ayres, Grossbritanien | Christian Boltanski, Frankreich | Monika Bravo, Kolumbien | Kyungwoo Chun, Korea | Marta Deskur, Polen | Heri Dono, Indonesien | Nina Hoffmann, Deutschland | Ik-Joong Kang, Korea | Coco Kühn, Deutschland | Fang Lijun, China | Ling Jian, China | Ken Lum, Kanada | Nalini Malani, Indien | Naofumi Maruyama, Japan | Michael Melcer, Deutschland | Tracey Moffatt, Australien | Santu Mofokeng, Südafrika | Moké, Kongo | Timo Nasseri, Deutschland | Ed Pien, Kanada | Qin Chong, China | Qiu Shihua, China | Chéri Samba, Kongo | Gil Shachar, Israel | Tejal Shah, Indien| Ralf Schmerberg, Deutschland | Alberto Simon, Brasilien | Song Dong, China | Pascale Marthin Tayou, Kamerun | Mathilde ter Heijne, Niederlande | Beate Terfloth, Deutschland | Xu Bing, China | Yang Shaobin, China | Yee-I Lann, Malaysia | Yin Xiuzhen, China | Young Hay, Hong Kong | Yue Minjun, China

For art frankfurt we offer a special: on April 30th, 4:30 pm a bus will start infront of hall 1 who will bring you to pirmasens and return (arrival 9:30pm) The busticket will be 4 Euro, intrance and guided tour are free.

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