Laura Mars Grp. is pleased to present Sole Searching, a group exhibition with new works by Veronica Brovall, Sonja Gerdes and Zoė Claire Miller. All three Berlin-based artists work with ceramics. Their work will be shown within the context of identity, translation, and tradition. Redefining their practice in challenging ways as women artists, Brovall, Gerdes and Miller translate traditional methods to begin to explore new forms of subjectivity.
Veronica Brovall often uses the visual language of graffiti with violent and absurd gestures on the rich surfaces of her monumental ceramics. Some have protruding orifices which could serve as vessels or could be voids to disappear in, like in "Through Acting". The omnipresent symbol of hands with thumbs-up rip through structures or breast-like shapes, thereby presenting multiple becomings. The sculpture "Eating you Alive" almost loses its balance; the rear of the über-female figure seems to bear the weight of her dripping red interwoven braids as well as her multiple sets of breasts. Letters in black glaze cover the figure. The words "Wanted" can be easily deciphered, constituting the female figure as an object of desire.
Zoė Claire Miller transforms traditional pottery. Using familiar household objects, she questions how political fictions are reproduced and circulated. For her "Commemorative Plates for the Euro Crisis" Miller fires each 'failing state', the so-called 'PIGS' countries (Portugal, Italy, Greece, Spain) represented by a one Euro coin from the respective country onto a traditional decorative plate, also from each country.* Playing on the notions of consumption, monetary value versus cultural value, Miller desecrates and obscures the coins as she celebrates and distorts regional crafts. A selection of Zoė Claire Miller's "negative impression" series will also be shown; the sculptures are hung against bright swaths of silk, as detached and dislocated negative imprints of indigenous masks, they reveal a new ethnic entity. Furthermore, one wall will display an abstract mural of luminous brushstrokes made of clay titled, "Wandmalerei Nr. 3" (composition by Markus Selg).
"Air for Free" is a slogan from Sonja Gerdes' self-invented sci-fi/utopian system OxygenEnergizer, through which sculptures, talismans, textiles and advertising are used to communicate ideals such as belief, trust and optimism. At the same time Gerdes is conscious that her actions and works as an experimental procedure carry the potential threat of failure. On the last day of the exhibition, Gerdes will premier a performance piece "The Feet in the Air". The spectators will have the chance to have their futures foretold through a reading of their foot soles.
*The plates are for sale for the price of the date of sale's precise rate of government debt as percent of each country's GDP in Euros.
Veronica Brovall (b. in 1975 Falun, SE) has exhibited at Bildmuseet, Umeå, Sweden, Kunstverein Schwerin, Sint Lukas Gallery, Brussels, Overgaden Institute for Contemporary Art, Copenhagen, Norrtälje Konsthall, Sweden, U37- Raum für Kunst, Berlin, and Western International Art Biennale Yinchuan, China (curated by Jan Hoet). In 2012 Brovall curated the exhibition "Larger than Life" (with Thomas Hirschhorn and Marcus Steinweg) at Galleri 21 in Malmö, Sweden. Brovall´s work is found in collections such as Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation, USA and Malmö Konstmuseum, Sweden.
Zoė Claire Miller (b. in 1984 in Boston, MA, USA) studied Philosophy, Ethnology and Romance Philology at the University of Heidelberg, as well as Sculpture under John Bock at the Akademie der Bildenden Künste Karlsruhe. Miller´s works have been shown in international exhibitions such as: "Das Naturkundemuseum Berlin auf LSD zu Gast in München" (with Marlene Stark), Kunsthalle Lothringer 13, München, "A Suitcase Full of Art from Berlin", Alan Nederpelt Gallery, New York, "Klostellung 1" curated by Fritz Bornstück; Nationalgalerie, Berlin; „Forschung & Nippes", Tropen, Berlin and "Notes on Form", Société de 032C, Berlin, curated by Carson Chan. In addition she runs the exhibition project Galerie Europa and co-founded the Berlin Art Prize.
Sonja Gerdes (b. 1979 in Clarholz, DE) recent international exhibitions include "Unblinking Eye" at Kavi Gupta in Berlin, ''Pie Of Trouble. Let's Hang. The Energy Plan'' at Elephant in Los Angeles, ''Gyre And Gimble'' (with Lucy Teasdale) at Galerie Gebr. Lehmann in Berlin, and ''XXXL Die Schmiede featuring Talisman for Oxygenenergizer'' at Galerie Lena Brüning in Berlin.
Annabelle von Girsewald is curator based in Berlin from America. She studied Women's Studies and Art History at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee and obtained her master's degree at the University of Tübingen in Empirical Cultural Science and American Studies. Since then she has worked at the Museum für Moderne Kunst Frankfurt under Jean-Christophe Ammann and for Hans Ulrich Obrist at the Serpentine Gallery. Her own series of exhibitions began in her apartment in Frankfurt in 2005. The exhibitions and conferences center on themes of identity and home. She has worked with artists such as Francis Al˙s, Keren Cytter, Anna Ostoya and Egill Sębjörnsson.
Curated by Annabelle von Girsewald
Opening: Friday, 5th of July at 8 pm
Last View + Performance by Sonja Gerdes: Saturday, 27th of July at 9 pm
Special opening hours during the exhibition:
Friday + Saturday 3 - 7 pm and by appointment +49 (0)152 - 54858245