Mark Lammert, o.T. from the series of bone (Knochen), pencil, ball-point pen, Oil painting on Velin, 2006
Mark Lammert / Greg Stone: ONE STEP BEYOND
Opening: Saturday, 17. 3. 6-9 pm
Exhibition date: 17.3. - 28.4 2007
Fruehsorge contemporary drawings presents ONE STEP BEYOND the first two person collaboration of artists Greg Stone and Mark Lammert.
Like the ancient marinner in Samuel Coleridges famous poem artist Greg Stone's works seem to exclaim „Brightness, brightness everywhere but no beam of light!"
Their subject matter is dwelling on the actuell darkness we are surrounded by, a frightning and mysterious darkness, but which is however absolutely indispensible as a backround in order to perceive the nature of light. No white without black. The allover structure of Stone's drawings, geometrical and organic forms , psychodelic-like patterns, ornamental shapes all these efforts put into refined and most detailed compositions are aiming to overcome the darkness. The light of enlightment is a flickering bulb with a filament, dangerously fragile. The most recent work seem to come from far away, from where the light is finally extinguished. It is the light from stars , already snuffed out of existence millions of years ago. It might be though the light of the living seen from the perspective of the passed away.
Mark Lammert's material has overcome decomposition. The Bones of animals, colored by an eccentric curator in a musum in Paris at the turn of the century have been his objects of desire and of study for some years. These relics mark the point of intersection between art history and natural history. After Lammert's scriptorial works (workbooks and the series RISSE) as well after a body of paintings this is his most recent contribution to an artistic research on the relation of body. Space and color. At the same time these works are an arthistorical thesis (proposition) drawn on paper. Not unlikely, would Lammert say, that the avantgarde around 1900 did not only visit the ethnological museum but also the collection the Musee Fragonard. The amazing and unseen colors of Monsieur Petitcolin, taxidermist of that museum anticipate a totally new coloristic understanding, that was brought onto canvases by the artists of modernism many years later.
The exhibition ONE STEP BEYOND presents 60 drawings (oil, ballpoint pen, pencil on handmade paper) by Mark Lammert and 12 drawings (tar on paper/museumboard) by Greg Stone.
Mark Lammert lives in Berlin. He is painter and draftsman but recently he works for theatre productions as a stage designer. Currently for Deutsches Theater in Berlin „Die Perser". His works are included in many german and international collections.
Greg Stone lives and works in New York. His works are to be found in numerous collections throughout the US and Europe.