This year's edition of POSITIONS Berlin will take place at Tempelhof Airport, booth B13. We are pleased to present four positions on 60 square meters:
- Gunda Förster: With permanent, architecture-related works in public spaces ranging from City Hall in Vancouver to the German Bundestag, the internationally renowned light artist (*1967) is one of the most important positions focusing on art in buildings. Since 2015, Förster has held a professorship for art in the context of architecture and design at the University of Applied Sciences Wismar. The artist is represented in various collections and has already been awarded several prizes. Further information can be found here.
- Miriam Vlaming: As a master student of Prof. Arno Rink, the important representative of the New Leipzig School (*1971) is a prominent graduate of the Academy of Visual Arts in Leipzig. At times she also studied with Neo Rauch. Vlaming is part of numerous public collections & museums such as the art collection of the Deutsche Bundesbank in Frankfurt. Currently, the catalog "Human Nature" has been published by Kerber Verlag and the artist is represented in important solo exhibitions. Further information can be found here.
- Constantin Schroeder: The Berlin painter, who was born in Hamburg in 1980, enters unreal and dreamlike pictorial worlds in his mostly large-format paintings, which are predominantly produced in a photorealistic manner, plumbing the depths of the unconscious and expanding the realm of experience limited by human logic through the fantastic and absurd. The focus is usually on the isolation of the individual. Schroeder searches for a reality of people's own in the unconscious and exploits dreams in the process. For more information, click here.
- Leszek Skurski: The artist, born in 1973 in Gdansk, shows boundless spatial worlds with a focus on individual, vaguely depicted persons. How to make tangible the galloping changes our societies are experiencing today? Skurski's figurative painting raises this question by rendering almost incidental scenes from everyday life. Although his works belong to representational painting, the people he sketches approach the abstract field. For more information, click here.
In addition, we are pleased to present in the section POSITIONS Academy with young positions Marco Stanke & Eyrich von Motz, who have already exhibited with us as part of our exhibition this year "PLAYGROUND".
Based on an expanded concept of the image, the light-space-movement and time in the network of relationships between art and everyday life are the fundamental aspects of Gunda Förster's artistic work. Her space-related works can be understood as painting with contemporary methods or places of body and space perception that play with spatial reflection, but also social and perceptual-psychological conditions from the most diverse creative means. An important element of her work is defining and breaking boundaries - the architecture of space, of the image, the boundary between art and everyday life, between art, architecture, design and advertising, practical and theoretical debate, product and process, private and public, and reality and appearance. The formal reduction of her works determines their symbolic quality. The significance is only revealed by linking the most diverse aspects and their meanings. Essentially, Gunda Förster’s works focus on the correspondence between light, space, movement, and time as aspects that are constantly present in everyday life as well as in art.
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Constantin Schroeder's figurative paintings are impressive, moving images with a profound sense of depth. His pictorial protagonists are fascinating characters that never let us go. Internalizing the present with all its complexities, he uses a very reduced color palette. Mostly executed in large formats, the scenes captivate the viewer with their characteristic narratives. Schroeder reaches deep into the archive of the human psyche. His works reveal an enigmatic iconography, which includes young heroes posing interpersonal mysteries. The artist, who lives and works in Berlin and studied theology, philosophy, and art history, also illuminates the darker sides of life in an extraordinary, hyper-realistic style. These are powerful images that captivate us with their enigmatic pictorial content. Schroeder leaves some parts of the image white, which allows the viewer to develop his or her own interpretation and understanding of the image through open associations.
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In Miriam Vlaming's large-scale paintings in egg tempera, the painter breaks down the boundaries between man and nature as well as past and reality. She creates a harmonious symbiosis between these supposed opposites through hazy layers created by the application and removal of paint. In doing so, she allows the depicted figures to emerge from a natural, dreamlike environment. Through this aesthetic, Vlaming opens the viewer's eyes to the multifaceted aspects and philosophical questions of being human, which she addresses in her paintings. Miriam Vlaming always has the overall picture in mind in her mysterious pictorial worlds. She plays with ambiguous metaphors. “Disruptions and contradictions interest me ... the moment after or before something has happened...not the history." Her egg tempera paintings satisfy a deep human need for knowledge. The important member of the New Leipzig School studied at times with Neo Rauch. She was a master’s student under the direction of Arno Rink and is represented in numerous public and private collections.
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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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