Dutch-based artist Anders Dickson (b. 1988, U.S.) makes small drawings on paper, paintings, sculptures and installations, or combinations thereof. His playful, philosophical works contain references to mythology, (contemporary) American culture and history as well as the German artistic tradition. In Dickson’s work we find a constant tension between construction and destruction, between absence and presence, between the material and the spiritual, between growth and decay. His use of perspective and colour is as poetic as his choice of titles. The narratives Dickson depicts, spring from numerous sources – ranging from his own dreams to Walt Disney imagery.
Germany-based artist Tenki Hiramatsu (b. 1986, Japan) makes paintings in which all that lives seems to merge. Peeping eyes and spooky shadows present themselves in uncanny landscapes. Hiramatsu’s animals, human beings and objects bathe in light and darkness and blur the border between humor and tragedy. His multi-layered works form a delicate balance between abstraction and figuration. For Hiramatsu, it is mostly about colour and brushstrokes; figuration is a consequence. This artist is fascinated by the replacement of the “as-if” by the “as –is”. That is, the gradual process of accepting a painting as a truth, rather than a fiction.
The work of Germany-based artist Waldemar Zimbelmann (b. 1984, Kazakhstan) is best characterized by a crucial paradox: the fusion and fragmentation of individual figures. Each figure embodies a surreal symbiosis of body parts. This overlapping combines single elements into new (semi-abstract) compositions. His work is a manifestation of both abstractly fragmented and figuratively constructed elements. These visual characteristics are referring to the shifting and overlapping of distinct and elusive moments in time. His complex, layered compositions are emotionally charged odes to all that is fragmentary.
How does materiality interact with desire? This question keeps Germany-based artist Kiarash K. occupied. He is interested in the desire within the deepest layers of the image itself. He starts by making intimate sketches – a playful process that produces the seeds that he enlarges into his paintings. Kiarash is fascinated by the image as a playground of unconscious forces (psychoanalysis) and the tension between voyeurism and repression.
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