On 8 December, 2011, the art gallery Bergman Berglind will open their second exhibition showing the art by Jörg Söchting and Valentin Magaro.
Jörg Söchting is a German artist who lives and works in Berlin. The works on show are paintings and drawings from a series of works which the artist has entitled film noir.
Film noir stands for a film genre from the 1940s and 1950s when the western world just emerged from deep social and financial crises. Inspired by German expressionism, makers of film noir genre predominantly used dark images and estranged characters in their movies.
Söchting's paintings and drawings with their delicate layers of painting mixed with a printing technique remind the observer of overexposed film strips where figurative elements will stand out in the mostly abstract paintings and drawings. Flags and swans appear in bright colours as symbols in front of chaotic but mainly black and white scenery. Söchting's paintings are like a script for one of the films from the film noir era. They tell their own story.
Söchting's dark, abstract images stand in contrast to the very precise and iconographic drawings and paintings by Valentin Magaro. Magaro is a Swiss artist working and living in Winterthur in Switzerland.
Magaro's work contains elements of architecture and enigmatic characters that may be considered a translation from (digital) dreams. The paintings consist of a mix of seemingly incoherent motives and contrasting colours, leaving the observer fascinated by a well constructed space looking like a labyrinth of bizarre figures. The collages consist of a superposition of pieces drawings which could stem from an architect or a technical drawer. However, these elements stand in contrast with the motives and the figures in Magaro's work. Although the work seems quite constructed in approach, the figures are autonomous in existence and become a metaphor to the contemporary world where individual pictures and figures become independent in order to exist in new forms and in new realities.
Söchting and Magaro's works are represented in numerous private and public art collections.
The Vernissage will be on 8 December at 17-21 hrs. in presence of the artists. The exhibition will be open from 8 December 2011 to 31 January 2012.