Dieter Mammel | near and far
Opening : 28.04.2017, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Introduction : Helene Bosecker
Exhibition : 28.04.2017 – 08.06.2017
Artist Talk : 20.05.2017, 5 p.m.
Extended opening hours during the GALLERY WEEKEND 2017:
April 28th – April 30th from 11 a.m. until 8 p.m.
Dieter Mammel, Brexit, 2016, Ink on canvas, 100 x 200 cm
The title of the exhibition, near and far, reflects the complex artistic work of Dieter Mammel and is closely connected to the artist’s previous solo exhibition Surviving at galerie gerken. The human being, surrounded by erected borders that must be overcome both in a physical and a spiritual sense, has become a central component of Mammel’s motifs. The global political events, directly related to personal experiences of the artist, have generated an intense period of artistic reflection for Mammel over the past few years.
Mammel focuses his attention on apparently remote tragedies of escape and participates in these stories, all the while recognizing the courses of life and fate in respect to his own family history. These experienced narratives appear in a multilayered contour on his canvases and seek to engage the viewer, who in Mammel’s pictorial world assumes the position of the voyeur as well as being observered. This perspective interplay activates a constant sense of shift – a steady rethinking of the position of the portrayed protagonists. Thus, the view into the far horizon, beyond mountaintops and clouds, merges with that of the individual.A glowing pair of eyes, ceaselessly following each physical and psychical movement, transforms the observer into an observation. Direct eye contact with the lonely seekers amidst this ocean of colors surprises and challenges the viewer, introducing a new universe of potential emotions. The motif of hands covering a face reflects the possibility of realization in a playful, juvenile way, but at the same time addresses the topic of darkness – all the while remaining open to further interpretation.
Mammel’s animals lurk in the protection of the night, in endless apprehension of being spotted. The play between their threatening nature and, at the same time, the security they seek, evokes ambivalent feelings commonly experienced by the human psyche. Mammel creates a complex dialogue among the artworks by varying between specific references and freely interpretable visual elements, through which he continually engages in a dynamic exchange between the near and the far.
Dieter Mammel, Exit, 2017, acrylic and ink on canvas, 150 x 200 cm
Dieter Mammel, The Messenger (Western Storm), 2017, ink on canvas, 150 x 300 cm