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Exildiscount, Elana Katz, Philip Kojo Metz, Martyna Poznańska, Lisa Stertz, Fernanda Trevellin

NULL PUNKT NULL NULL (Group Show)

Null Punkt Null Null Opening at H.E.W

12.06.2020 – 27.06.2020

12.06.2020

House for the End of the World is a project space by Elana Katz in cooperation with Gallery KWADRAT, that serves as an experimental platform for artists, performers, and critical thinkers of many a kind. Its location is a place in a transitory state; an empty, un-renovated, and otherwise unused 2-room flat in Berlin Kreuzberg. Its use as a project space is temporary, and its future thereafter remains to be seen.

Falckensteinstraße 24

10997 Berlin

Tobias Dostal

Tobias Dostal in der aktuellen KUNSTZEITUNG, von Larissa Kikol. (Article/PDF)

KUNSTZEITUNG

01.04.2020 – 30.04.2020

Su Hwan Choi

Su Hwan Choi (Group Show)

Busan Biennale

22.09.2019

❑ artist bio

Choi Suhwan is born in 1979 in Changwon, lives and works in Changwon. He has Meisterschüler degree in 2014 and MA in 2012 in Sculpture from Berlin University of the Arts after he received BA in Sculpture from Changwon National University in 2006. Starting with his first solo exhibition Installation(2009) in Germany, he has shown sculpture based installations through many solo and group shows including: Two Doors(2015), Together-Alone(2017), Shows of the Disbelievers(2018), Post-Community ing/1(2019), etc.

❑ introduction

Choi Suhwan has created works that realize virtual spaces by linking strange landscape images captured from unfamiliar cities via linking interior of buildings like hallway, gate, and terrace while utilizing various mediums such as photograph, animated images, installation, etc. This reflects his continuing interests in multi-dimensional spaces that accumulate times, endless stories, questions that urban spaces raise such as the relations between individuals and the society, unconsciousness of the city, memories of present and the past, floating senses, etc. New Neighbor(2016) and Two Doors(2015), for clear examples, are sculptural memorabilia of his old hometown, Hoewon-dong made out of household items, window frames, old doors he scavenged from the evicted houses when they were was about to be leveled in order for redevelopment plan. Marginal Man(2018) is a virtual space created in the form of room installation with collection of space images that resemble to each other due to their functional similarity but slightly different depending on countries or cultures. And March(2018) presents his boot during his military service to repeatedly march in the middle of air against the backdrop of downtown scenery to show the perspective of military boot.

Sky Door (2019) succeeds in the concepts of Two Doors and Together-Alone(2017) and it will be presented as newly adapted version to the context of 2019 Sea Art Festival. This work is composed of two simple structures made of only columns except doors on each one making their four sides open wide. Fixed on top of the other, two doors of the structure either open or close simultaneously depending on the movement of the audience. It is the structure itself that makes its audience to recognize and question themselves about the additional space since audience may enter the structure on the ground floor while they cannot either enter or open the door of the second floor. Through the double spaces stacked one on top, the artist suggests metaphorical times of the real, present, past and future. The artist realizes ‘pattern of life’ in which we repeat opening and closing doors endlessly while past that we cannot go back since it already has passed and the future that we can never predict because it has not yet happen are connected by the present.

Magisches Berlin @ MONOPOL - Special Issue BERLIN ART WEEK 2019

Wolfgang Lugmair

MEHR BERLIN - 06.10.2018 (Article/PDF)

TAGESSPIEGEL

06.10.2018

Martin Kwade

Interview (Article/PDF)

Berliner Morgenpost

04.08.2018

Group exhibition Demi-Gros (Group Show)

Safe Gallery at Les Valseuses

15.08.2018 – 14.10.2018

15.08.2018

Demi-gros
15.08. – 14.10.2018
Eröffnung / Opening 15.08.2018, ab / from 19:00
Kuratiert von Peter Ungeheuer

Guy Zagursky

ART BERLIN (Solo Show)

28.04.2018 – 16.06.2018

Guy Zagursky
Hand over Fist @ KWADRAT - Berlin
Guy Zagursky’s new series of works presented in Hand over Fist introduces a technique recently developed by the artist, which one might call “dot-to-dot embroidery” – alluding to the world of children’s arts and crafts, yet executed with remarkable skill and artistry. This technique can be seen as somewhat of a new “jargon”, adding to a rich sculptural language formed by Zagursky and compiling his body of work.
The exhibition contains two types of works – one is a series of metal columns that have been delicately embroidered with colored threads, portraying pop culture images and mainly referencing tacky and ultra-popular tattoos: blossoming roses, pirates, sculls, hearts and other clichés. The second type of works is a group of empty gas cylinders that have also been embroidered with various popular symbols, creating an even greater tension between image and surface and inviting a sense of discomfort.
Applying Zagursky’s embroidery technique on heavy metals requires meticulous work and effort, an effort emphasizing the contrast between the intense labor put into the sculptures and the light-as-air images placed on them. Zagursky is eventually emulating the act of tattooing itself, intensified by craft: he drills each and every hole the threads go into beforehand. All of this, only to immortalize a Micky Mouse image on a useless vessel. Although the result is beautiful, it is clearly a rebellious act against image and craft, mocking the popular tendency of celebrating extremely trivial imagery on the body.
On the other hand, placing these images – silly as they may seem when inked on a forearm – out of their usual context and putting such effort into their reincarnation endows them with newfound dignity.
Hand over Fist is an American take on a British term, referring to the manner in which sailors would compete over the speed they climbed ship poles, originally phrased “Hand over Hand”. As a heavily inked sailor himself, the majority of visuals in Zagursky’s works are taken from the world the classic sailor tattoos. His work is often playful, while still offering a profound view of issues such as contemporary culture, masculinity and body image. In “Hand over Fist” he continues to be preoccupied with such matters and especially with their internal contradictions, co-existing in all aspects of his work – physically and thematically.

Guy Zagursky (Article)

28.04.2018 – 16.06.2018

Guy Zagursky
Hand over Fist
Guy Zagursky’s new series of works presented in Hand over Fist introduces a technique recently developed by the artist, which one might call “dot-to-dot embroidery” – alluding to the world of children’s arts and crafts, yet executed with remarkable skill and artistry. This technique can be seen as somewhat of a new “jargon”, adding to a rich sculptural language formed by Zagursky and compiling his body of work.
The exhibition contains two types of works – one is a series of metal columns that have been delicately embroidered with colored threads, portraying pop culture images and mainly referencing tacky and ultra-popular tattoos: blossoming roses, pirates, sculls, hearts and other clichés. The second type of works is a group of empty gas cylinders that have also been embroidered with various popular symbols, creating an even greater tension between image and surface and inviting a sense of discomfort.
Applying Zagursky’s embroidery technique on heavy metals requires meticulous work and effort, an effort emphasizing the contrast between the intense labor put into the sculptures and the light-as-air images placed on them. Zagursky is eventually emulating the act of tattooing itself, intensified by craft: he drills each and every hole the threads go into beforehand. All of this, only to immortalize a Micky Mouse image on a useless vessel. Although the result is beautiful, it is clearly a rebellious act against image and craft, mocking the popular tendency of celebrating extremely trivial imagery on the body.
On the other hand, placing these images – silly as they may seem when inked on a forearm – out of their usual context and putting such effort into their reincarnation endows them with newfound dignity.
Hand over Fist is an American take on a British term, referring to the manner in which sailors would compete over the speed they climbed ship poles, originally phrased “Hand over Hand”. As a heavily inked sailor himself, the majority of visuals in Zagursky’s works are taken from the world the classic sailor tattoos. His work is often playful, while still offering a profound view of issues such as contemporary culture, masculinity and body image. In “Hand over Fist” he continues to be preoccupied with such matters and especially with their internal contradictions, co-existing in all aspects of his work – physically and thematically.

TOBIAS DOSTAL

Tobias Dostal (Group Show)

KühlhausBerlin

17.03.2016 – 18.03.2015

Offene Präsentation der Finalisten des Karl Schmidt-Ruttluff Stipendiums.

Timo Klöppel

Tel Aviv Article featuring Timo Klöppel ! (Article/PDF)

12.08.2015

Su Hwan Choi

Su Hwan Choi, Zwei Türen (Event)

02.05.2015

A city is made up of different spaces and places that can affect a person's point of view. In his exhibition "Zwei Türen" (Two Doors) at KWADRAT Gallery, South Korean born Su Hwan Choi explores his personal perspectives on new cultural spaces and places. Choi describes his work as follows:

"The scenery outside windows, the atmosphere of cellars, the various scenes that you only see when you walk to the front door - buildings, roads, small streets, cars, construction sites, the many works of art in museums - these are the everyday elements that I sometimes find alienating. I aimed to render this feeling of alienation for the viewer using sound, light, magnets, movements, changes in weather and dust. These effects are used in the room to unsettle the audience's perspectives."

Tobias Dostal

Drei Dollars plus fünf Euros (Event)

03.05.2015

A catalogue documenting the work of Tobias Dostal's New York stipend.

After returning from New York, Tobias presented his works in 2014 in the mission of the state of Lower Saxony to the federal government in Berlin, and at the Kunstverein Langenhagen. The present catalogue documents both exhibitions.

Dostal's catalogue is interactive. As well as enjoying photos and illustrations of Dostal's work, the reader is encouraged to cut, snip and alter certain pages, creating a more immersive reading experience.

Copies and exclusive signed copies will be available at the presentation, as well as an intimate exhibition of some of Dostal's work.