DITTRICH & SCHLECHTRIEM is pleased to announce a group exhibition, aptly titled 2012. The exhibition is a cross section of the gallery’s program, highlighting the artists’ most current developments in art making. 2012 marks an end, according to the Mayan calendar, but with every end there is a start, in the beginning there is innovation. 2012 captures the moment, the gesture, in progress.
For the first time, Nicky Broekhuysen exhibits two works exploring the addition of color with an iron oxide brushstroke through her binary code world, while Canadian duo Larusson & Pyszczek now remove the figure in their work, exposing a deconstructed landscape painting which retains the psycho-sexual nature of it’s source, a Tom of Finland drawing.
Hamburg based artist Dennis Loesch presents reconfigured Memory Sticks of the notorious and immediately iconic Lindsay Lohan spread in the current January-February 2012 American issue of Playboy.
Marco Faisst, working in Stuttgart and Mercedes Helnwein, currently working in Los Angeles, create new dramatic narratives through the re-posturing of characters in uniform, resulting in a fractured figuration, bordering on abstraction. Stefan Behlau, also based in Los Angeles, alters a narrative further via a Rorschachian paint gesture over a digital print on canvas of a traditional stereogram slide, titled “Now, You Just Watch Me.“
Berlin’s Thomas Schroeren and New York artist Megan Marrin push painting almost into the realm of sculpture, manipulating materials while playing with the notion of display and space.
Andreas Mühe latest photograph “SS-Mann am Scharitzkehl (Obersalzberg)" and Maki Na Kamura simplistic and seductive red painting “GIL XXIII“ present sublime dramatic landscapes which envelop the viewer, submerging them in a new oddly disruptive environment. A young warrior is totally engulfed in his fiery surroundings in the encrusted painted tapestry by Lutz Braun titled “Death is a Mental Illness.“
Julian Charrière, whose work is also currently on view with Das Numen at the Haus Am Lützowplatz, creates and imposes systems using urban pigeons, in a new series of performance based work.
Of the twelve participating artists in 2012, Nine are exhibiting work for the first time with DITTRICH & SCHLECHTRIEM. We look forward to solo projects with these artists in 2012 and beyond, as the gallery program continues to develop.