Hosted by coGalleries:
»pilote : top‘o–graph‘i–cal«
Kathrin Ganser, Sarah Straßmann, Valentina Torrado, Daniela Zeilinger
Opening: Friday, March 31, 2017, 19-22h (Facebook Event)
Press preview: 18h (Please RSVP to moc.y1553095019rarop1553095019metno1553095019c-eto1553095019lip@w1553095019m1553095019 until March 24, 2017)
Exhibition: April 1 – 13, 2017
Curated by Monique Wysterski
Artist Talk: Sunday, April 2, 2017, 15h
Prof. Dr. Susanne Holschbach (UdK Berlin) in conversation with the artists
Finissage: Thursday, April 13, 2017, 19h
Opening hours: Tue-Thu 11-18h, Fri & Sat 11-21h, Sun 15-18h
After a first group show in fall 2016 pilote is now pleased to present four of their artists in a more intimate setting and in collaboration with coGalleries. The exhibition pilote : top‘o–graph‘i–cal reflects on the artists’ working processes which form the basis for a discussion about spatiality and space: inside, outside, abstract and objective.
All represented artists strictly focus on the exploration of diversities between the subjective, aesthetical cognition of places, areas, spaces and landscapes. But everyone with a signature twist! They create depth through different inter media approaches. The observer is being served with new impact levels and is getting introduced to new perspectives. Further more the range between space development and space dissolution will be proven. Photography is the origin of each artwork shown. Different media effects are used as an obvious expansion of the medium. This path constitutes procedural similarities in the works of VALENTINA TORRADO (URY), KATHRIN GANSER (GER), DANIELA ZEILINGER (A) and SARAH STRASSMANN (GER).
Both sectional and multi dimensional, the artists depict spaces that are originally formed by nature or man-made or create completely new ones. The central theme dissolution of space renders a possible new perception outside of a usual view and reveal the (pretended) real behind an object. The object depicted is displayed concretely, idealized or abstracted. A unique media diversity of all works shown and their particular image aesthetics reflect a contemporary contemplation and identification with the artists’ environments.
The works by KATHRIN GANSER (*1977, GER) shown in this exhibition represent extracts of her project „Plazas“ which has been ongoing since 2011. The initial postulate includes various photographic explorations of space and room located in the artist’s urban habitat – according to the urban planning structures of specific places in Berlin. Within virtual inspections (via Google street view for example) Ganser obtains required visual data of urban settings. In her artistic process the artist dismantles these locations into different pictorial views and finally re-translates them visually into two and three-dimensional topological structures.
SARAH STRASSMANN’s (*1980, GER) ongoing series „Opposite“ (since 2009) follows social tendencies in contexts of globalization and mediatization processes. She subsequently creates associative images based on atmosphere and mood such as dissolution and resolution of space. The works shown touch the issue of the pictorial repeal of space, time and identity. The artist’s photographs point beyond a pure image of subjects and encourage the viewer to create personal mental images instead. The spatial localization of a personal point of view constitutes an individual coordinate system for a cognitive and physical alignment in space.
In her work process VALENTINA TORRADO (*1981, URY) explores mechanisms of a comprehensive recontextualization of her own culturally shaped history- especially emotional occurrences regarding the language of art. Torrado’s experienced reality and her interpretations – her topos – the environments and surroundings that shaped her are being transformed into a graphical representation. The forest as a subject displays Torrado’s current topography. Associated with her habitat in Germany, the forest resembles the equivalent to the artist’s previous major subject “water”. Ever since the ocean as a symbol of life for Torrado represents her strong relationship –visual and emotional – to her land of origin Uruguay.
DANIELA ZEILINGER’s (*1976, AUT) work proposes a dialogue between painting and photography. She constructs particular settings in order to be photographed, displayed and re-photographed. Her working process involves multiple techniques and media, such as water-color painting, drawing, using cut-outs, collages, digital display and studio lighting. In her most recent series, Screenshots, the final results of this complex process of transformation and translation are analogue, large-format photographs. Various layers constitute the image space of these photographs that resist both full deconstruction and identification of process. particular reference to the virtual and/or reality. Thus this body of work explores and questions the ontology of images, with particular reference to the virtual and/or reality. The indexical-technological connection between input and output is a common characterisation of photography. To subvert the seeming obviousness of this reference has always been a leitmotif in her work.
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About the artists
Kathrin Ganser (*1977 in Marktoberdorf, Germany) The artist graduated at University of Art and Design Halle, Burg Giebichenstein and studied at the University of the Arts Berlin. In 2014 she obtained a Ph.D. Fine Arts at the Bauhaus University Weimar with her thesis “Medienraumbild” (media space image). Her works have been shown at various artist run spaces also at Kunstverein Neckar-Odenwald, aff Gallery, Kehrer Galerie Berlin, Bauhaus Musterhaus Museum in Weimar, Einstein Forum Potsdam, Suomesta Gallery, Grimmuseum Berlin, Galerie im Regierungsviertel, Märkisches Museum Berlin and at KW Institut for Contemporary Art Berlin. She lives and works in Berlin.
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Sarah Straßmann (*1980 in Bielefeld, Germany) is a PhD cand. at the Bauhaus Universität Weimar, Germany. Before she was studying for a Master of Art under Prof. Emanuel Raab and Prof. Dr. Anna Zika and holds a Diploma in photography and media from the University of Applied Sciences Bielefeld, Germany. Her work has been shown internationally, e.g at the House of Photography – Deichtorhallen Hamburg, Germany, at Art Foyer DZ Bank Art Collection Frankfurt Main, Germany, at the Goethe Institute Washington DC, USA, at the Fotomuseum Winterthur, Switzerland, at the Museum of Applied Art Cologne, Germany and at KW – Institute for contemporary Art Berlin, Germany. With her work “The Void” she has been a winner in the competition “good prospects – Young German Photography 2008/09. Works of the artist are represented in renowned German collections as LWL – Landschaftsverband Westfalen-Lippe, Museum of German History Berlin and Deutsche Bank Kunstsammlung Frankfurt/ Main. Sarah Straßmann lives and works in Berlin.
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Valentina Torrado (*1981 in Montevideo, Uruguay) Studied Communication Sciences at Universidad Católica del Uruguay, Uruguay (Focusing on art history, semiotic and audiovisual media design) and since 2013 she holds a PhD of Fine Arts and Design from Bauhaus University Weimar, Germany. She has shown her works in many solo and group shows in Germany, e.g. at Diehl Cube Gallery, Berlin and Potemka Gallery for Contemporary art Leipzig, and at Pablo Atchugarry Foundation for Contemorary Art in Manantiales Uruguay. In 2015 she published her book “Die Präsenz des Abjekten in der zeitgenössischen Kunstproduktion”. She lives and works in Berlin.
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Daniela Zeilinger (*1976 in Linz, Austria)
After several guest studies in Berlin at Kunsthochschule Weissensee and Inter-University Centre for Dance, Berlin, Germany, she received her Diploma in Fine Art under Martin Guttmann at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, Austria in 2016. Her work has been represented in various group and solo exhibitons in Germany, Slowenia, Czech Republik and Austria. E.g. at Vertikale Galerie, Sammlung Verbund Wien and Galerie Marenzi, Leibnitz in Austria and at Hilbertraum, Berlin as well as at Muzej Premoderno Umetnosti, Litija, Slowenia. The artist lives and works in Vienna, Austria.
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