please note the new trade fair date: July, 7 to 10, 2022
At our stand J36 in hall 4 we show works by
Rupert Eder, Margit Hartnagel, Manolo Paz, Eberhard Ross, Erin Wiersma and Stephan Wurmer
Preview on Wednesday, July, 6, 2022, 2 - 7 pm
Vernissage on Thursday, July, 7, 2022, 11 am - 1 pm
Opening hours: July, 7, 2022, 2 - 7 pm and July, 8 to 10, 2022, 11 am - 7 pm
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We will be happy to send you redemption codes for admission tickets and image material on request.
Rupert Eder is a painter of powerfully coloured oil paintings and watercolours that oscillate between minimalist and complex forms and structures. He understands painting as a spiritual process that cannot be expressed by anything other than painting itself.
He is inspired by observations of light and nature, which he makes especially in the foothills of the Bavarian Alps and on trips to the Mediterranean, where he paints watercolours en plein air. But Eder also works in his studio in a process of experimentation that is controllable to a limited extent, creating his intensely coloured watercolours. He uses different papers as source material and allows himself to be surprised by their properties. Eder enjoys these moments when the colours run in a way that can be controlled to a limited extent. As a result of such uncontrolled, erratic coincidence, he comes up with new and enigmatic pictorial ideas that captivate the viewer.
We show current oil paintings and works on paper from the latest series of works "Fearless Light". The publication of the same name brings together all works from the last six years until 2021 and was funded by Neustart Kultur.
Rupert Eder's studies of philosophy and his assistance with John Groom have had a lasting influence on him. He works as a freelance artist in Dießen am Ammersee. His works can be seen in numerous solo and group exhibitions as well as in private and public collections.
Margit Hartnagel has explored the possibility of an empty picture in her painting for many years. In her current works, she now transforms this emptiness in favour of a condensed fullness. The results are colour compositions that seem joyful, playful, lustful and completely light. Something that exists - but cannot be fixed, but is in constant movement and change. This something that appears as an image, on the threshold between concretion and dissolution, can only be defined by the viewer. Every moment anew, as the moment that - now - is. No story, no form, no message, no idea.
"Rest in yourself and be awake!" the artist calls out to us, in which poetry and pigment blend in a fine way. Hartnagel proclaims an attitude towards life as well as towards her world of images, which in their grandiose expanse mean a moment of stillness and a pause in the sea of subtle colour tones, but at the same time require a degree of highest presence and alertness, which only makes possible that experience which makes life an experience.
Works of art from the "arising colours" series as well as her "light portal" can be seen at the fair.
Margit Hartnagel studied free painting and experimental design at the Vienna Academy of Fine Arts with Prof. Prachensky and spatial art at the University of Applied Arts with Brigitte Kowanz. The artist lives and works in Allgäu. An artist's film on YouTube and at our exhibition stand provides an insight into her studio.
Probably the best-known group of sculptures by the Spanish sculptor Manolo Paz is the "Familia de Menhires o Menhires por la Paz" (Family of Menhirs or Menhirs for Peace) near the Tower of Hercules in A Coruña, Galicia. In the setting of the Atlantic coast, his 12 large sculptures in granite stand in a monumental stone circle. Paz's "Menhir", a ten-metre-high work weighing more than 150 tonnes and located in front of Santiago de Compostela airport, appears equally imposing. In addition to these large sculptures, which are typical for him, Paz works in the open-air grounds of his Fundación in Galicia on smaller plinth and wall pieces, preferably made of black, red and blue Brazilian Bahía granite.Paz is interested in the life of the stones, he works his sculptures in archaic shapes.
Galerie Fenna Wehlau is pleased to present the latest stone sculptures by the Spanish artist for the first time at Art Karlsruhe.
Manolo Paz was born in Castrelo (Cambados) in 1957. He studied at the "Mestre Mateo School of Arts and Crafts" in Santiago de Compostela. He has been active in fairs and exhibitions in Spain, the US (Chicago, Miami), Japan, Switzerland (Basel, Turin) and Mexico.
Eberhard Ross' work has been influenced by music since the beginning of his artistic production, which was inspired by the solo improvisations of the American pianist Keith Jarrett. It accompanies and initialises his work processes. Over the years, his work has changed again and again, has become denser, the importance of the space in between, the "pauses", has become greater and greater. In music there is a sign for these pauses, the "fermata", which became the title of one of his picture series. So ultimately it is the transition into silence, the transition between fullness and emptiness, that makes music so valuable to Ross and has triggered several series of works. In his work, he searches for the "sound" of the colours and tries to paint this "sound". The impressive way in which the artist makes this translation of sound into painting possible in his current work will be shown by means of his sometimes large-format abstract works. At Art Karlsruhe, Ross will show current works from 2020/21 from the series "on the nature of daylight", which in turn is inspired by a piece of music by the contemporary composer Max Richter.
An accompanying catalogue with a text by Lothar Lenz/Berlin will be published for the fair, edited by Galerie Fenna Wehlau. We will be showing the film portrait of the artist "a brief insight into the work of Eberhard Ross" by Denise Wagner at the stand.
Eberhard Ross has been working as a freelance artist since his studies at the Folkwang University of the Arts in Essen with László Lakner and Friedrich Gräsel. His works, for which he has received several awards and which are in public and private collections, among others, have been on show at national and international exhibitions and fairs since 1999.
Erin Wiersma's "Konza Prairie Drawings" are abstract portraits of the hilly grasslands of the Konza Prairie in Kansas. Nature with all its elements is both the subject and the creator of the works. The American artist appears as the medium, pulling, lifting and beating paper over the earth in a performative act. The previously burned soil is made fertile again by controlled fires, providing Kansas State University with information about the ecosystem and climate fluctuations in the prairie. Erin Wiersma's artistic practice grew out of an interest in the history of the prairie as a place of its former inhabitants, its flora and fauna. Her work expresses a deep connection to the land and her sculptural conception of paper, also a highly combustible material. The paper is brushed or rolled over the freshly burnt grass and thus continuously adds imprints of nature, which come together as a moving frottage of the landscape. Only in the final state does the artist conceive her works as two-dimensional fragile works on paper, covered with strongly condensed lines in grey, black, green and earth tones. The all-over principle of lines, traces and scratches is an expression of the vastness of the landscape in which they are created. In their complexity, Wiersma's works on paper achieve a remarkable pictorial depth. They have absorbed the power of the soil, its history and capacity for renewal.
We are showing recent works on paper and a documentary film about Wiersma's work in the Prairie. We also present the newly printed catalogue "After the burn, Erin Wiersma" which we realised with funding from Neustart Kultur.
Erin Wiersma, born in New Jersey, received her B.A. from Messiah College and her M.F.A. from the University of Connecticut. Wiersma is represented by Robischon in Denver, Colorado, and A.I.R. Gallery in Brooklyn, New York, where she has recently had solo exhibitions. Her work has been featured in OnVerge / CUE Foundation and Art21 Online Magazine. Wiersma has received several grants and residencies including the Big 12 Fellowship, a residency at Draw International in Caylus, France, and Two Coats of Paint in Brooklyn, New York. Wiersma lives and works in Manhattan, Kansas.
Stephan Wurmer's approach is that of an archaeologist. In his constructive sculptures, he is inspired by the living properties of the material wood. Wurmer exposes layer after layer and thus creates a field of tension between free growth and guided design, so that the breath of nature remains perceptible in his sculptures. The results are mostly outwardly compact forms such as cubes, cuboids, cylinders and cones that reveal an exciting inner life.
At Art Karlsruhe, we will be showing Wurmer's current plinth and wall works from the series "Order and Chaos", "From My Archaeological Diary" and "Wedge Wood".
Stephan Wurmer studied sculpture at the Academy of Fine Arts in Nuremberg. His works are represented in private and public collections. Wurmer's sculptures have also been realised as part of Kunst am Bau projects. He has had active exhibition activities at home and abroad since the 1980s.