IN RESPONSE TO THE SKY. BREATHING
IN RESPONSE TO THE SKY. BREATHING
solo show by Jeff Faerber and Lars Henkel
curator Luisa Catucci
4TH JULY / 31ST AUGUST 2011
Opening Monday 4th July h20:00 – 23:00
improvisation-dance performance by Fenia Kotsopoulou
live ambient music and light installation by MotoM
From the 4th of July until the end of August, Cell63 artgallery is glad to host a double solo-show by the American artist Jeff Faerber and the German artist Lars Henkel.
Very different from one to the other in style and media, the two artists are bonded by similar sensibilities, poetry, spiritual research and a long term admiration for each other’s work.
In the exhibition, Jeff Faerber will present his very latest works, expressly painted for the show, containing lot of references and little homages to Lars’s work, who will show different pieces from the last 2 years.
Human beings, nature, mystic and poetry; opening of perspectives, fantasy and soul: Jeff Faerber and Lars Henkel are ready to offer us some touching emotions.
In response to the sky: breathing.
about Jeff Faerber:
With a nod to the pop surreal, the figures in Jeff Faerber’s works are reminiscent of Egon Schiele’s: thin and bony, yet more mischievous than melancholy.
Many of his works wax political while Faerber also explores his love for life, erotica and his environs with an eclectic mixture of subjects and and intelligent sense of humor.
“I am fascinated by the act of creation, whether in a set of beliefs or in a painting. By recreating the world—making a fake world on a two-dimensional surface—I often find a truth more understandable than that of the real world. What systems can I (we) create to understand the universe, good and evil, bliss? Metaphors simplify elusive ideas so one’s mind can wrap around them. I use them to help define an emotion, capture a faint impression of reality—evil can
become a snake, God’s spirit can descend like a dove, a downcast eye can define sadness. The intangible become tangible.”
Thus Faerber uses invented and borrowed iconography to mix meaning and try to make sense of what seems absurd.
Often collaging found materials and painting over them, Faerber’s work is heavily textured and tactile. In his latest series photographs of leaves and twigs become wings on pensive figures. His art is extraordinarily appealing, attractive and strange.
by Samantha Levin
about Lars Henkel:
In recent years Lars Henkel has created internationally acclaimed works of art in which he interstices drawings, collage and film to produce a striking visual cosmos.
Lars experiments with the possibilities of collage, producing ambiguity on the edges of its contrasting elements.
He describes his way of creating images almost like a medium: he works instinctively, is skeptical about meaning and searches for the mysterious. He catches something, assembles elements into pictures and then passes them on.
His world is populated by creatures that look like bio-montages and produce an effect reminiscent of an unfinished
rendering process that has fled into an artificial romanticism of nature, a surreal, melancholic dream world. As Lars explains, the representations of nature refer to motifs from Romanticism (e.g. W.Turner, C.D. Friedrich or W. Blake) and play with different references from A. Stifter’s nature descriptions to Henry David Thoreau’s “Walden.”
But “The forest there comes as much from my own experiences as from the myths and images that are a part of our collective consciousness.”
The philosophy of Romanticism conceptualized the broken image, or vague fragment, in literature as well as art. Nor does Lars seek to represent nature as an idyllic dream world. In his motifs, inconsistencies and contrasts question the aesthetic facade and make multiple interpretations possible.
By Martin tom Dieck