‘Walking the line’ is an annual group exhibition put on by Galerie Martin Kudlek. Now in its sixth year the show contains work from 9 new artists who have each made an impression on the gallerist’s mind over the last 12 months. The stylistic diversity of the pieces on display is set off by uneven and inconsistent framing which, whilst unorthodox, ultimately works to compliment the unique aspects of each.
Hedwig Brouckaert is a Belgian artist who creates work with tracing-paper and carbon pencil; taking advertising images from magazines and elements such as hair she transfers a variety of forms on top of one another, until their outlines morph into multi-layered masses. The result is simultaneously chaotic and strikingly fragile. The works featured in the exhibition give the impression of wind-tussled haystacks whose kinetic contours and submerged silhouettes assuredly draw the eye in.
The drawings of Dutch artist Hans Lemmen maintain this enticing quality. Putting ink and Casein paint to paper Lemmen creates dream-like depictions of figures and landscapes that teeter on the point of the grotesque. The artist uses dark colours and intense detail to depict macabre subjects; one work, which is drawn upon yellowed paper, features a body being pecked at by crows. Lemmen’s work is skilfully bizarre, he draws eerie matter with such delicate detail that the humour behind it is not lost on the viewer.
Across the gallery hang works from Katrin Bremermann. Using a range of brightly coloured varnishes on paper the artist plays with the possibility of form. Each work is a geometrical frame, the coloured varnish is applied in exact lines and points across the page. These strong outlines create new spaces in which the eye can wander. Bremermann’s work is wonderfully balanced, the underlying pencil lines visible in a few of the works demonstrate the precision of her practice. Although accurate her strict lines feel far from stilted, they draw the viewer in to discovering further forms and new organic shapes.
‘Walking the line VI’ eschews conventional curating in order to showcase the work of 9 very individual artists. An honest display of talent it offers an enlightening alternative to the ‘concept-conscious’ group show.
Photographs Courtesy of Galerie Martin Kudlek: http://www.kudlek.com/
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