The exhibition presents 23 works by eight artists on the subject of the female nude. The viewer is asked to explore which modes the positions gathered here use to justify the claim to art that goes beyond the mere representation of an unclothed body. In addition to the fine art prints already shown in previous exhibitions, there are also four new works to discover.
6 October 2021 – 23 October 2021
On 6 October at 7 pm all are invited to the opening reception at the gallery. Please follow the 3G rule. The artists Josef Karl and Korbinian Vogt are present.
The following works are presented in the show:
The title of the exhibition UNDRESSED asks the viewer to explore which modes the positions gathered here use to justify the claim to art that goes beyond the mere representation of an unclothed body — because all nudes are „undressed”, which is their prerequisite, but „only undressed” can at best claim anatomically or erotically motivated interest.
The 23 works in this exhibition approach the female nude in a highly differentiated way:
Alexa Meade transforms the subject into a reproduction of itself, where the surface becomes the carrier of its own painterly interpretation, especially when the subjects are living or perishable items, such as people or fruits. The ephemeral nature of her painting style is evident and what survives of Alexa Meade’s work is the photograph. Both the painting and photographic techniques are so tightly coordinated that the result is a flat, two dimensional space, which achieves trompe l’oeil, wherein the third dimension is discernible only in certain areas, such as near the eyes or hair. In collaboration with actress Sheila Vand, Meade developed the 2012 series “MILK”, in which milk is the permanently changing carrier of paint that removes the spatial context of the model and adopts a new, ever-changing identity with the flow of color.
Josef Karl’s nude photographs are often characterized by the models’ provocative poses, but the stagings, which are always created in close cooperation with the sitters, refer to their sometimes problematic life paths, enriched by official documents or personal DNA, with which the artist wants to underline the “uniqueness and authenticity of every person”.
Both Magdalena Wosinska and Korbinian Vogt focus on the staging of the body — Magdalena Wosinska: her own body — in the great outdoors. While Vogt is concerned with the visualization of the sensual experience of nature, with the contrast between the dramatic mountain backdrop and physical vulnerability, Wosinska celebrates in her photographs the American dream of unlimited freedom, including a sometimes ironically broken sex-drugs-and-rock’n’roll attitude.
Loreen Hinz, on the other hand, can be located in the tradition of pictorialism: Her pictorial creations refer to the style canon of portrait painting from the 16th to 19th centuries, but without imitating a specific style or a specific artist. The result are recordings of graceful female beauties, integrated into a dreamlike, unreal ambience without any actual spatial definition, so that, in conjunction with deliberate blurring, an impression of dematerialization and transcendence is created.
The four other artists in the exhibition — Julian Baker, Shu-Wei Huang, Aliocha Merker and Sasha Stamatowski — are united by the joint model Vincent Littlehat. In all of her projects, which are mostly of a conceptual nature, Vincent takes a decisive part in the process of creating images by considering her relationship to the viewer, using the camera lens to bring him closer or assigning him the place of the distant viewer.