06. Okt 2011

The object as image

Johann Arens, Frauke Dannert, Marita Fraser, Alex Lawler, James Prevett.

Do., 13. 10. 2011, ab 19h
djs for finissage under the names
beatrix and magdalena

This exhibition describes a way of seeing particular to a group of artists whose work offers an understanding of physical space as conceptually constructed image. Drawing from industrial and domestic objects, furniture, photographs and architectural space, these artists present work where objecthood is posited as an image of itself within space and articulates a perceptive depth where haptic memory of surface and materiality fall short of fully describing the core sensibilities of the art object. These works are meditations on the possibilities of the
object-as-image; a moment when the presence of an object no longer serves function and representation but instead offers itself as a vision of abstraction.

Alex Lawler, ,City Lights‘, 2011 – Screenprint

1.) exhibition view 2.) Alex Lawler ,Vortex, (…the persistence of memory) 2′, 2011 – Found image with textile and glass with Habitat ’nic‘ tressle
3.) Marita Fraser ,O.T. (Channa Horwitz, Flag, COS Magazine)‘, 2011 – Print on paper
4.) Frauke Dannert ,Untitled‘, 2011 – Photographic prints, 5.) Jim Prevett ,Daffy‘, 2010 – Wood, tablelegs, balls, screws, photographic print, 6.) Johann Arens ,Untitled‘, 2010 – 2 channel video Projection / monitor

The films of Johann Arens explore the physicality of film and the cinematic qualities of hypothetical sculptural situations. These situations might not describe sculpture’s theatrical treatment of us within physical space, but rather describe physical dialogues within the constructed theatre of cinematic space.

Frauke Dannert works with representations of architectural space. Her collage work reconstitutes the image qualities of architectural structures in order to build a new architecture of imagined space.

Marita Fraser’s work takes objects from the real worlds such as scarves, printed fabric and uses them to stand in as painting. Paintings are then displayed as sculptural objects, freestanding on frames in space or leaning against the wall. The sides and backs of the painting stretchers are considered, highlighting the objecthood of painting.

Alex Lawler sources a wide range of materials, assembling them to form cohesive fields simulating the serene, sublime or hysterical facades of nature. His conceptual concerns also include investigations into the speculative, functional, sensual and didactic possibilities of painting.

James Prevett’s specific selection and assemblage of forms speaks of a desire to arrest the familiar functional value of known objects.
Despite this, the anthropomorphic tendencies of Prevett’s forms speak of an underlying confidence toward an autonomous drive of fluidity and movement. These forms therefore, present themselves as an image whilst seeming only moments away from being liberated out of their inert state.

Johann Arens (www.johannarens.com)
1981, Aachen, Germany; Education: 2009-2011 Goldsmith, MFA in Fine Art, London (GB)
2002-2006 Gerrit Rietveld Academy, VAV, BA of Fine Arts, Amsterdam (NL) 2005 European Exchange Academy,
Beelitz Heilstätten (D) 2000-2001 Freie Kunstschule Hamburg FIU (D)
Exhibitions (selected): 2010 ‘Uncertain Ratio’, Imperial College IMS, London (GB) ‘New Contemporaries’,
A Foundation Liverpool & ICA London (GB), ‘Of many, one’, Scaramouche Gallery, New York (US) ,
‘To look is to labour’, Laden für Nichts, Leipzig (D)

Frauke Dannert (www.frauke-dannert.de)
1979 in Herdecke geboren, lebt und arbeitet in London und Düsseldorf.
2001-04 Kunstakademie Münster, 2004 -10 Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, 2009-10 Goldsmiths College, London.
Exhibitions (selected): 2011 ,New Space‘, B&N Gallery, London, ,Silver Moon‘, Lisa Ruyter Galerie, Wien, ,Collage City‘, RAUM, Düsseldorf, ,New Positions‘, Galerie Rupert Pfab, Art Cologne, 2010 ,composition / decomposition‘, Konsortium Düsseldorf, ,Neue Tiere2!‘, The Forgotten Bar , Galerie im Regierungsviertel, Berlin , ,BREAK‘, Villa de Bank, Enschede, Clear of Clouds‘, bell street project space, Wien, ,pictorale molto male‘, Photofestival, Antwerpen (K)

Marita Fraser (www.maritafraser.com)
Education: 2010 Class Heimo Zobernig (Textuelle Bildhauerei), Akademie der Bildenden Künste, Vienna
2005 Bachelor of Visual Arts (graduated with1st class honours), Sydney College of the Arts, University of Sydney
Solo shows (selected): 2010 Marita Fraser, Galerie Winiarzyk, Vienna; Love of Diagrams, Engen Stadt Galerie + Museum, Marita Fraser, James Dorahy Project Space, Sydney, 2009 Rio, Mop, Sydney
2008 Modern Love, James Dorahy Project Space, Sydney, 2006 The paint chart paintings, Bell Street Project Space, Vienna
2005 I’ll be right back, Peloton, Sydney

Alex Lawler (www.alexlawler.com)
Education: 2011 Goldsmiths, University of London, Master of Fine Arts
2009 Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna, With Professor Heimo Zobernig, 2008 Sydney College of the Arts, University of Sydney, Masters of Visual Arts, 2004 Sydney College of the Arts, University of Sydney, Bachelor of Visual Arts (1st class honours)
Solo: 2010 ,City Lights‘, Das Städtische Museum Engen + Galerie, Germany; ,Six Months of Bliss‘, Flinders Street Gallery, Sydney, 2009 ,Easy Work / Hard Work‘, Factory 49, Sydney; ,Art & Pleasure‘, Bell Street Project Space, Vienna
2008 Colour Sounds, MOP, Sydney

James Prevett (www.jamesprevett.com)
b.1977 Cambridge (UK), Lives and works in London (UK)
Education: 2009-2011 MFA in Fine Art, Goldsmiths University, London (UK), 1996-1999 BA (hons) Fine Art Sculpture, Sheffield Hallam University (UK)
Solo Exhibitions: 2010 ,Picket, Concrete‘, Hayward Gallery, London (UK), 2004 ,The Spatial Inquisition‘,
Chiang Mai Art Museum (TH), 2003 ,I am an Artist on Jobseekers Allowance‘, Access Space, Sheffield (UK)

Marita Fraser ,O.T.‘, 2011 – Fabric, Wood
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