The series by Hans Op de Beeck, presented at Art Forum Berlin, consists of drawings based on photographs taken from the Internet and images from documentaries and instructive videos. In terms of content, these drawings deal with, among other things, science and technology as extensions of the human body, and as the physical manifestation of an unending belief in progress, which is both redemptive and ethically problematic. The artist defines the extension of the body in very broad terms. This may involve a weapon, a scanner, a prosthetic device, a shopping mall, or a waiting room; anything that seems to make Western life easier, that serves to channel and automate it and process it in terms of data, grids, and patterns.
Renie Spoelstra strives with her grand charcoal drawings for intentional apathy; hours and days pass in a flash, every moment frozen in time and every moment the same. Her more recent work is particularly concerned with the generalisation of the unique. She seeks to reduce concrete consciousness in such a way that it can function as a substitute for a number similar situations.
Interiors are the core theme of the work of Maurice van Tellingen. These interiors usually manifest themselves in the form of a small box. Van Tellingen likes to refer to these items as spatial paintings. The work evokes the passing of time, or perhaps ´time stood still´, something alternative to our society obsessed with spectacle and sensation. News items, images and advertisement bombard our everyday interior space. Peace and quiet hardly seem possible in this situation. However Van Tellingen attempts to give us back this time with his models; a ticking clock literally refers to this. By presenting us with it, we receive the time to perceive the everyday and uneventful as something worthwhile.
Artists Anonymous is an international group of artists who investigate the fabric of artistic methodology and society. Since their foundation in 2001 they have explored through different media, such as painting, photography, film, video, sound, sculpture, performance, installation and text, the reality behind these definitions. Artists Anonymous live and work in London and Berlin. The afterimage is an omnipresent aspect of Artists Anonymous’ Gesamtkunstwerk. By photographing their paintings, Artists Anonymous depict a subject that does not actually exist, at least not in the form that is reproduced.
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