Art Karlsruhe

05.Mar - 08.Mar 2015

We would like to invite you to our booth (M11) in hall 4. This year we present as a highlight for the first time three solo shows with fair-exclusive works by Michael Dohr, Alfred Haberpointner and Leszek Skurski. Also represented are the artist Gunda Förster and Josef Hirthammer.

Michael Dohr

The relationship between man and nature is the central aspect of Michael Dohr’s work. In his often large-scale works, he addresses the merging of nature and technology. While considering this central theme, he works in an exciting alternation between abstraction and figuration. This is accompanied by deliberately contrasting pictorial elements, which are executed in a photorealistic manner, and non-representational, gesturally applied color sections. Grisaille elements that convey a metallic coolness are accompanied by bold colors and are unmistakably influenced by street art. Between the stencils, paste ups, and graffiti, the viewer can identify brushstrokes that reveal a dynamic application of paint. The paint drips and blots follow the principle of coincidence, and all the pictorial elements together evoke an emotional intensity by referencing the essential intention of street art: the disruption of public order as an indication of injustice.

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Alfred Haberpointner

Salzburg-born sculptor Alfred Haberpointner creates wooden sculptures that oscillate between an abstract, geometric form and a figurative image. With his work series spanning over the last two decades, Haberpointner proves how he has innovatively dealt with wooden materials and freed himself from the roots of craft-based, naturalistic wooden sculpture. In his "chopped images," he gives the wooden material an intense presence through systematic, rhythmic sections, which emerge through close observation and exploration of the textured surfaces and result in a dance between light and shadow. He is concerned with form in his works, particularly in the treatment of wood in all possible nuances and shadings. In each of his artworks, one can see the traces of the work process: Haberpointner subjects his reliefs and sculptures to a powerful, mechanical work process that leaves traces on the works. Through beating, chopping, and burning, textures emerge that give the works a relief-like surface, which lacks any mathematical precision and exudes a special aura. Alfred Haberpointner is represented in major art collections, such as the Würth Collection.

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Leszek Skurski

A vast, seemingly infinite plain forms the foundation for the scene: As if from nowhere, people appear on the surface of the image. They emerge from layers rich in nuances of light white or hazy gray, leaving plenty of room for interpretation. The artist Leszek Skurski, who is a native of Poland, repeatedly devotes his paintings to figurative storytelling. In his works, he depicts many stories, that remain open-ended and allow the most diverse interpretations. They are paintings depicting narratives that seem to have paused or stopped in action, and Skurski captures these forms with a narrative density. Many evanescent moments of our existence and interactions are captured on the canvas like excerpts or snapshots between their occurrence and disappearance. Hence, the images of the artist, who lives and works in Fulda, are reminiscent of film stills or still images that outline a content, character, or mood. 

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