AFFINITIES

COLECTIVA

STEPHAN BALKENHOL, MICHAEL BIBERSTEIN, HERBERT BRANDL, THOMAS HIRSCHHORN, DENNIS HOLLINGSWORTH, JONATHAN LASKER, GLEN RUBSAMEN

Under the title AFFINITIES, Galería Miguel Marcos is pleased to present an exhibition that gathers several international artists whose works will become the core with which illuminate some questions about current contemporary art.

 

The fact of combining works by Stephan Balkenhol, Michael Biberstein, Herbert Brandl, Thomas Hirschhorn, Dennis Hollingsworth, Jonathan Lasker and Glen Rubsamen supposes the enter into a spiral along the artistic creation of last times, from which arise constant affinities, retrocession and regressions to Art History and Painting.

 

The search of art per se, counterpoint to Heidegger’s theory of “Being”, leads these artists to present what they see in the world away from any postulated convention. In fact, they represent what Achielle Bonito would describe as nihilistic artists, who deny the values of art world in search of a rational reflection on the idea of art.

 

The works selected for this exhibition take us beyond the realism of the representation to capture specific wills. All these experimental artists embrace various techniques and disciplines to achieve works of different conditions: abstract and figurative, styles and narrative ways. The dialogue becomes a helix of affinities between images and ideas, ideas and images. Thus, what had been presented disconnected and out of any content, now is presented coherently, as if the power of an image raises another and so on. Hence appears the process of intersubjectivity, in which the artist and the receptor of the works develop an interrelated connection, maximizing the social value of art and bring it to relational field.

 

Perhaps Donald Kuspit could refer to them as “New Old Masters”, artists able to unit eclectically all styles and artistic conceptions integrating a conceptual dimension with aesthetic and historical resonances that is full of affinities.

 

With Stephan Balkenhol (Hesse, Germany, 1957) we are witnessing the renaissance of human figure in contemporary art., In his works, we can appreciate the splendour of the Egyptian, Greek and Roman classical statues, the precursor of artistic tradition. But the artist goes beyond the myth to represent the reality. Named Everyman, his sculptures that represent ordinary women and men are combined with modern paintings, parodying the classic in the art. Balkenhol’s work form part of some of the most important collections in the world such as the Museum für Moderne Kunst (Frankfurt, Germany), Musée d'Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean (Luxembourg, Luxembourg), Musée des Beaux Arts de Montréal (Quebec, Canada), Nerman Museum (Kansas, USA), The National Museum of Art (Osaka, Japan) and Smithsonian, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden (Washington D.C., USA).

 

The works of Michael Biberstein (Solothurn, Switzerland, 1948 – Sintra, Portugal, 2013) are a study of the Western pictorial canon. Influenced by the romantic landscape painting and the minimalist movement of the sixties, his work departs from almost iconoclastic premises: the baroquely dramatic dramas, Bach compositions full of solemn sounds whose melodies lead us into an infinite space in which appears the transcendental power of human relationships. Michael Biberstein’s works can be seen in some of the world’s most renowned museums and collections such as the Birmingham Museum of Art (Birmingham, United Kindgom), Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation (Lisbon, Portugal), Kunstmuseum Aarau (Aarau, Switzerland), Ludwig Forum für Neue Kunst (Aachen, Germany) and Whitney Museum of American Art (New York, USA).

 

Herbert Brandl (Graz, Austria, 1959). Influenced by the European Romantic canon, his paintings present the ethereal and timeless spaces that evoke a presence beyond the space itself. The studies, almost scientific, of colour and structure of spaces, serves Brandl to explore the perceptual limits of abstract forms, made from different layers of oil, produced in the viewer. His works form part of in museums and public collections as the Albertina Museum (Vienna, Austria), Bank Austria Kunstforum Vienna (Vienna, Austria), MAM Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris (Paris, France), Museum Frieder Burda (Baden-Baden, Germany) or Kunsthalle Bern (Bern, Switzerland).

 

Thomas Hirschhorn (Bern, Switzerland, 1957) offers a tour of the current historical reality in works that become critical to the inequalities and injustices of the contemporary art world. The pastiche created with different materials, from cardboard to adhesive tape, introduce a technical revolution, as well as at the same time dealing with issues that concerns to society, “liquid times” in words of Zygmunt Bauman. In MoMA Museum of Modern Art (New York, USA), Walker Art Center (Minneapolis, USA) and in the Tate Modern (London, United Kindgom) you can see some of his recent creations.

 

Dennis Hollingsworth (Los Angeles, USA, 1956). In his works we can appreciate a multicolour palette, almost fauvist, combined with the psychoanalysis of creation, giving rise a work full of symbolism and emotions, in which sense the freedom and contention, the free will and pure mathematic, the chaos and the harmony of fantasy. The work of Hollingsworth forms part of some important collections around the world as MoCA Museum of Contemporary Art (Los Angeles, USA) and PAMM Pérez Art Museum of Miami (Miami, USA).

 

Jonathan Lasker (Jersey City, USA, 1948) explores the different artistic techniques under a systematic methodology. His canvases become in a fluid cosmos, which embraces sign and colour, combining different abstract elements. Lasker’s work could be seen in Museum of Art (Birmingham, United Kindgom), The Broad Art Foundation (Santa Monica, USA), The Corcoran Gallery of Art (Washington D.C., USA), Fond National d’Art Contemporain (Paris, France) and in MNCARS Museo NAcional de Arte Reina Sofía (Madrid, Spain).

 

Glen Rubsamen (Los Angeles, USA, 1959) suggests the idea of post-nature that will serve to develop a research about the creative act itself. Thus, Rubsamen explores different artistic techniques to create works of a sensuous tranquillity. The work of this American artist is in several museums and public collections such as British Airways Collection (London, United Kindgom), Peter Stuyvesant Collection (Amsterdam, Netherlands) and National Taiwan Museum (Taipei, China).