Press Release: Galerie GH36 is pleased to present a group exhibition entitled FACE ON, from Jan 10th through Jan 30th, 2019 at GH36.
Our fascination with the “mirror of the soul” never ceases. We try to depict them relentlessly. We sculpt faces in stone, paint, carve, draw, and photograph them, always with the ambition to catch a glimpse of what is behind the mask of intended expression.
FACE ON joins these thoughts with artistic styles revealing alternative or known expression. The group show is composed of international artists, focusing on the painting and drawing of „alternative portraits“, both abstract and realistic in their ability to express.
The artists: Anna Mond (DE/IT), Carsten Bund (DE/USA), Tine Isachen (NOR), Jani Kaunisto (FIN), Hedley Roberts (UK), Magdalena Patyk (POL), Rie Froelich (USA), Timo Konttinen (FIN) Samira Freitag (DE).
The approaches of the artists are individual and manifold: intuitive, experimental and conceptual. But they all seek to wrest an image from the human face with an aim toward depicting the „essence“ of the person portrayed. Eight of the nine artists have found and further supported one another through the social media platform Instagram, using it to show and sell their works and to take cues from one anothers published pieces. A 9th local Berlin artist was invited to the exhibition through analog traditional means and shows the spectrum of earlier figurative portraits which relates to the group.
FACE ON reveals new influences and perspectives on the subject of the portrait. In particular, It is a mirror to the influence of so-called social media, focusing on the interrelation of closeness and distance, public and private, and the notion of authentic expressions within the digital realm. giving insights into artistic practices and fruitful exchange.
|Hedley Roberts (detail).|