News / Selection
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.