Posts By: Ed McAliece

Bear tries to Beat Heat – Santiago Taccetti at Club Midnight

Installation shot, image credit, Nick Ash.

Club Midnight is a gallery located in Schoeneberg on Kufuerstenstrasse, close to the Potsdamer Strasse cluster of galleries. The curatorial vision of Elda Oreto, it opened in 2011 and features a tight group of emerging contemporary artists. Entering the space, there is the sense of a very familiar, almost banal atmosphere. This is imparted by Taccetti’s choice of forms: frosted glass privacy panels from Geldautomaten, hand-railings, economic office ashtrays, a flatron screen, and carpeting.

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Lichtspiel – Kite and Laslett at Import Projects

“Candescence”, Kite and Laslett, 2012. Image credit, Ed McAliece

Founded in 2012, Import Projects is a curatorial initiative with a focus on contemporary dialogues. The gallery, located on Keithstraße, Charlottenberg, exhibits those artists who work with issues of technology, the self and the community, and globalisation. The gallery has hosted performances, video art, documentary and film screenings , and participated in symposiums and conferences such as Social Media Week.

Lichtspiel is the first solo exhibition of Kite and Laslett, a duo trained in architecture, sound and music, who needed a broader scope for their creative stimulus than the typical needs of an architectural firm. They entered into a cross disciplinary partnership, turning their attention to architectural interventions with experiential engagement for the viewer. Over a broad range of projects, commissions and experiments, K+L have honed many technical skills and developed new configurations for displays of light. Light is central to all their projects, formally and conceptually; their work probes the role of the transformative immaterial within architecture. This is the first solo exhibition of Kite and Laslett in Berlin, who have previously completed site-specific installations in Postbahnhof, and the former Women’s prison on Kantstraße. The exhibition brings together new incarnations of previous works, and a new work for the show, titled Reflex. As is the case with site specific work, each work newly installed is a profoundly different phenomenological experience.

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Steffen Kasperavicius at his studio. Photo: Ned Mc Aliece

Spotlight on Steffen Kasperavicius

Steffen Kasperavicius at his studio. Photo: Ed Mc Aliece

Selected by Ikono as part of their spotlight series, the artist Steffen Kasperavicius is hard to pin down to a distinct style. Working with sculpture, installation, sound, video and found objects, Kasperavicius moves fluidly between mediums, creating alter-egos and entering creative partnerships as outlets for his prolific practice. Read more »

Oval Office at The Future Gallery

“Globe” dye-sublimation print on polyester, 2013. Image courtesy of Oval Office.

Future Gallery is a commercial gallery in Kreuzberg, and the project of young curator Michael Ruiz. As the name implies, Future Gallery represents cutting-edge contemporary art; it is committed to showcasing a group of emerging young artists whose work explores new media, processes and materials, and has a particular focus on contemporary issues and responses to the internet and social media.

Oval Office is a collaborative duo of Jaakko Pallasvuo and Mikko Gaestel. Jaako is from Helsinki, Mikko was born in Bielefeld, and is also Finnish. Both now live and work in Berlin. Jaakko is a video and text artist, Mikko is a video artist and photographer. As Oval Office they focus on video and photography, generating tension between perfectionism and chaos. Within this exhibition they are imaging “the behaviour patterns of a future middle class”.

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Heinzmann, Johnson, Zipp at Galerie Guido W. Baudach

Installation. Photograph by Edward McAliece

In 1999, Guido W. Baudach, along with Martin Gerrmann and Peter K Koch, founded Maschenmode, Austellungs und Projektraum, leaving the name of the former knitwear store premises they inhabited intact. The space ran exhibitions and collective projects. Baudach became the gallery’s sole manager in 2000, and in 2001 the gallery reformed into a commercial space under his name.

The gallery moved to Wedding in 2004 and he opened up a second gallery in Charlottenburg in 2009, the latter remains open for public viewing. Baudach represents emerging and established contemporary artists such as Andy Hope 1930, Rashid Johnson, Erik Van Lieshout, et al.

Starting the year with a group show, Galerie Baudach has selected three of its represented artists to submit one painting each: Thilo Heinzmann, Rashid Johnson and Thomas Zipp.

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Review on Sammlung Boros

Awe-inspiring facades, thick concrete walls and high historical importance, these can be used to broadly describe half of the buildings in Berlin. However if you are an admirer of contemporary art, you know that we are talking about the Sammlung Boros. Behind these grey walls is what can only be described as a treasury of contemporary art and local avant-garde. This bunker is the best known secret of art scene in Berlin. Read more »

Only parts of us will ever touch parts of others at Thaddaeus Ropac Paris

Courtesy Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac. Photo: Philippe Servent.

Establishing his first gallery in Salzburg in 1983, at age 23, Thaddeaus Ropac has extended his exhibition space to include the Villa Kast in Salzburg, and galleries in Paris, in Marais and Pantin. He has become a powerhouse in contemporary art in Europe; his organisation represents numerous international art stars, including Joseph Beuys, Robert Mapplethorpe, Alex Katz, Antony Gormly, Erwin Wurm, Banks Violette, Marc Quinn, Tom Sachs, etc. When travelling to either Salzburg or Paris, be sure catch what’s showing at Galerie Ropac, for a chance to see shows of world standard.

Galerie Ropac’s final 2012 show at Marais is a blockbuster, comprising a clutch of cutting edge works from contemporary artists into an open-ended statement on current collage strategies. We see a range of works in which the image or form is renegotiated, restructured, where collaged works are installed so as to overlap and inform one another…

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Exhibition review “The Blind Spot” at Zeitzone Galerie

Image courtesy 1/4 Klan and Kim Bode.

Taking the eye’s blind spot as their point of departure, three Berlin photographers, Kim Bode, Luise Sophie Erbentraut and Natalie Toczek have put together a collaborative group show at Zeitzone Galerie. Based in Kreuzberg, Zeitzone Galerie is an independent space focused on providing a platform for various forms of art and culture, and is part of the Renaissance Association.

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Jacob Dahl Jürgensen – “Fruit of the Loom” at Croy Nielsen

installation view,image taken by Joachim Schulz, courtesy of Croy Nielsen

In Fruit of the Loom, Jacob Dahl Jürgensen has presented some fresh pictures, and a large minimalist sculpture device. Specifically a device; the sculpture Machine, centrally installed in the gallery simultaneously serves to transport and reframe. Evocative of the industrial Jacquard Loom (noted in the write-up as “the first apparatus which could be programmed to carry out an automated task”), the sculpture at its scale should be an imposing monolith. Instead, it stands as a form we can pass through and use to reframe our viewing of Jürgensen’s  images; a system to produce and arrange pictures…

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“Echos” Graduate show of Ostkreuzschule für Fotografie Berlin

In conjunction with the European Month of Photography, graduates of the Ostkreuzschule für Fotografie have put their best foot forward, coming together to present images as stunning as anything you will see in the next month. Inhabiting three floors and the attic of 17 Oranienplatz, the show unites 20 graduate photography students who all share a desire to probe ideas of subject, identity, and meaning…

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