KERSTIN BRÄTSCH - KATI HECK - STEFANIE HEINZE - LAURA LINK
14.2.20 - 17.5.20
HALL FOR CONTEMPORARY ART
Concurrent with the JETZT! show, the Deichtorhallen Hamburg are presenting the QUADRO project featuring works by Kerstin Brätsch, Kati Heck, Stefanie Heinze and Laura Link. This exhibition was arranged independently from “Jetzt!” and may be read as a response to the previous THE EARLY YEARS OF THE OLD MASTERS show which featured works by Georg Baselitz, Anselm Kiefer, Sigmar Polke and Gerhard Richter. What the latter offered in terms of fundamentals of German painting is now transferred into the present. In an exemplary manner, the QUADRO exhibition answers the question what repertoire of expressions, formulas and symbols painting currently has created for itself in order to captivate us with figurative, neo-surrealist or experimental pictures.
The exhibition at the same time adheres to the guiding principle of the curatorial concept of the JETZT! show to never regard the selection of artists as final. The QUADRO artists, including two – Kerstin Brätsch and Laura Link – with direct links to Hamburg, are among the German painters who receive much attention abroad. Therefore, we hope all the more that this exhibition will further spark debate about the topicality of painting. Both exhibitions feature high-quality, fascinating works whose effect doesn’t quickly fade, but instead will leave a lasting impression. The combination of the two exhibitions in Hamburg encourages us, after the previous venues in Wiesbaden, Bonn and Chemnitz, to once again reflect on painting in a stimulating discourse on thematic and formal qualities.
Kerstin Brätsch (born 1979 in Hamburg, lives and works in New York) deals with the influences of digital techniques on painting in her multifaceted oeuvre. She creates large-scale wallpapers, site-specific installations, performances, and videos in which she explores the relationship between painting and subjectivity.
Kati Heck’s (born 1979 in Düsseldorf, lives and works in Pulle, Belgium) monumental paintings are captivating for their humorous stylistic mix of photorealistic figures as well as drawings and linguistic elements. Heck assembles these into collage-like, intensely colored image compositions.
In Stefanie Heinze’s (born 1987 in Berlin, where she also lives and works) oeuvre, the canvas becomes an experimental space of freedom and experimentation. The starting point of her large-scale, intensely colored paintings, which show collections of imaginative figures and anthropomorphic forms, is small-scale drawings. Issues such as sexuality and social affiliation play a major role in Heinze’s artwork.
In her striking scenes composed of bodies, animals, and plants, Laura Link (born 1987 in Frankfurt am Main, lives and works in Leipzig) shows what usually remains hidden. Link attempts to give a face to those who are excluded from society in her large-scale paintings. Thus, her works oscillate in subject matter and materials between inexorable transience and an impressive fullness of life.
Curator: Prof. Dr. Dirk Luckow, General Director of Deichtorhallen Hamburg
Bus 112 or U1 to station Steinstraße. From there on it will take you only about 2 minutes on foot to the Deichtorhallen.
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