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Galerie Barbara Thumm

Private Gallery
Art Basel | Miami Beach 2008
Sebastian Bremer / Martin Dammann / Christian Hoischen
Sebastian Bremer / Martin Dammann / Christian Hoischen
Barbara Thumm

Art Basel | Miami Beach 2008

Hall A | Booth N 53

Galerie Barbara Thumm
is pleased to announce its participation in Art Basel | Miami Beach | 4-7 December 2008. The gallery will present a selection of work by Sebastiaan Bremer, Martin Dammann and Christian Hoischen.

Sebastiaan Bremer
weaves a fine web of pointilist drawings with ink pens and retouching inks across the surface of photographs. He creates significant passages of landscapes, interiors and still lifes, which describe abstract, to some extent psychedelic, patterns and allow entirely new pictorial realities to emerge. Bremer borrows symbols and subjects of seventeenth-century Dutch painting - a journey in time by the artist to the visual culture of his native country. On the large-scale drawing "Whirlpool" the abstract, immaterial colour surfaces, the vibrating threads, spirals and circling currents create a sense of great immediacy and restlessness. It is a mythological depiction of the beginning of time and of life.

Martin Dammann is searching for the visual gaps within the photographs, which fascinated him, by creating paintings of exactly this ungraspable ambiguity. Dammann chooses to translate the photographic image into painting when he is "captured by an unexpected, vague and yet poignant feeling that something is in the photo, though not visibly... As if the moment when these photos were taken had a special meaning and despite the inability of traces of light to translate this into a photochemical process, an echoe of that meaning somehow remains."
His watercolours, based on historical private snapshots mostly of war times, are epic in scale. Although figures and faces are left undefined, the viewer completes the image, as they enter their own memory-space of imagination.

Christian Hoischen's paintings, collages, photographs and sculptures scratch on the faux facades of the seemingly glossy objects of desire. Hoischen has developed an idiosyncratic technique, related to that of verre églomisé, that allows him to spray, pour, paint and scratch into a layer of acrylic that, after drying out, is mounted onto thick plates of polystyrene. Hoischen stretches a shielding skin between the painting and the viewer which allows for the traces of his energetic act of painting to shine through, but seal off anything tactile. Hoischen generates this tension between the smooth surface and the underlying activity by employing a unique technique. The paintings combine and give equal weight to both figurative and abstract elements. Although the viewer is drawn towards and seduced by the narrative potential of the images, which are derived from media such as the press and advertisement, their essence remains obscure.

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