Hearts of Darkness
"Hearts of Darkness", Lambda Ausbelichtung auf Aludibond, Ed. 6, ca. 120 x 180 cm
L. A. Galerie Lothar Albrecht presents
Photography by students of Peter Bialobrzeski, Bremen School of Art
Cosima Hanebeck, Tim Klausing, Si-Chan Park, Marion Üdema, and Sandy Volz
28 July till 22 September 2007
You and your friends are cordially invited to attend the opening on Friday, 27 July, at 7 p. m.
The artists will be present.
Start of season of the Frankfurt galleries from Friday, 31 August to Sunday, 2 September 2007
If you expect Professor of Art Peter Bialobrzeski to impose his own style on his students, this exhibition at L. A. Gallery will come as a welcome surprise. There could hardly be any more diverging positions. The artist regards his role as a teacher to offer his students critical support und to open up free space for them to work and experiment. The results, however, are expected to stand up to critical reflection.
Cosima Hanebeck is showing samples of her series multiplechoice. These are dialogues, dreams and visions turned images. The protagonist invariably is the artist herself, who in a sometimes playful, sometimes melancholic process of self-questioning appears in the pictures often more than once, and in contexts ranging between seemingly every-day situations and surreal compositions. On first sight, there is nothing irritating, though; the artist guides us with care, the manipulation is complete.
Tim Klausing's photographs seem to be taken from social visions of the future, with suburbs appearing so very unreal and beautiful at the same time. The brutality of the buildings, of the frictions between landscape and architecture, is enhanced by the crass artificialness of the colors. The artist actually derived his motifs from nearby urban places, which have been given up on in terms of aesthetics. They are interspersed with traffic routes, industrial exploitation has left its traces. No-places under black skies, they have become a central topic of Tim Klausing's disturbing pictures.
Si-Chan Park, too, works with architecture and landscapes. He started off with buildings that are both monumental and banal, and which are basically being built from the same pattern all over the world. The way Si-Chan Park stages them in his photographic series, however, generates new places--through our perception, that is, not through manipulating the materials themselves.
Marion Üdema's series Find Friends is based on her research of internet contact platforms where people display themselves more or less naked to arouse erotic desire in potential mating partners. Üdema restaged the photographs she had found on the internet. She contacted people through the online forums, visited them in their homes in Europe and the United States, and with a large-format camera photographed them in the same places, positions, and with the same ornamentations as in the original pictures.
Sandy Volz is showing her series Hearts of Darkness. We see only details of two people engaged in some form of physical confrontation. The scenes remain ambiguous: Are we witnesses of a fight or rather a sexual act? There is no linear story to be read, only a highly aesthetic succession of pictures, with the kind of dramatic gestures and heavily pleated clothes reminiscent of Baroque paintings. Volz has distilled paradigmatic motifs from a now irretrievable plot, and condensed them into autonomous pictures.
The exhibition is put together by Marion Üdema and Sandy Volz.