Opening May 04, 18 – 22pm
May 05–21, 2018
Raum für Kunst
Theresa Volpp, Stephen Smith, Nartur Kunstgruppe, Johannes Mundinger, Clement Mancini, Adrien Ladmiral, Jenny Brosinski, David von Bahr und Christian August
(curated by Christian August, email@example.com)
City, this means streets, squares, bridges, house walls and garage walls. Urbanity, this signifies the expression of life in between, the trace of human activity, filth, and noise. Coming from the rough, painted wall in public space, the Urban Art Scene is strongly inspired by site-specific work as well as the reaction to and the effect on the surrounding. A group of contemporary artists influenced by this interaction questions current orders and aesthetics of expression to create different visual worlds in painting.
In the exhibition ‚DIRTY VOYAGE‘ Theresa Volpp, Stephen Smith, Nartur Kunstgruppe, Johannes Mundinger, Clement Mancini, Adrien Ladmiral, Jenny Brosinski, David von Bahr und Christian August show the pictorial journey from the authentic image of Urban art to abstracted, technically formal processes. The origin of their work may be the same, however, the juxtaposed works achieve their own conclusions and visual languages which on the one hand display the curator’s personal taste and on the other allow an issue-specific discourse.
The exciting question arises, how painting originating from the adamant wall in public space, succeeds to persist, isolated and focused on formal expression. The canvas‘ rectangle surface is used as a natural ground in this context and gives access to the interior of the houses and galleries.
It is in these places that the new positions and images are rarely shown. The understanding of this kind of painting has yet to be established. In his compiled group exhibition artist and curator, Christian August proclaims a new movement in painting and demands its appreciation beyond the Urban Art Scene.