Kinetic Art at galerie gerken
Exhibition: 01/09/2017 – 12/10/2017
On the occasion of this year’s Berlin Kunstherbst, galerie gerken sets a new area of focus with its group exhibition kinetical patterns. The five exhibited positions feature a high diversity in their content orientation as well as their technical realisation. Yet, all of them are united by the idea of a dynamic pattern:
The machine of Jan Bernstein draws a perfect black square; its’ colour gradient is dependent on the ink level of the used pen. The viewer can follow the soft motion of the machine and the formation of the dark line, see the geometric shape growing. With this artwork, Bernstein epitomizes the passing of time and thereby, refers to his contentual examination of the temporality of things and their relations.
Thibault Brevet allows the viewer to glimpse into a basin filled with black water. The surface, as smooth as a mirror, is broken by vortexes which move calmly towards each other to then move away again. Their contour is determined by the strength of the neighboring force and in this way, is illustrating the process of reciprocity.
Carla Chan’s magnetic paintings oscillate between definition and annulment of formal structures. A wave, consisting of metal splinters pushes itself vertically over the temporary painting of a landscape and emblematizes the human impact on the environment, reports on time passing by and shows marks being left.
Stefan Tiefengraber’s machines document and portray approaches and structures which usually evade human experience: In a wooden box, a compact machine slides over a white sheet of paper, drawing freely, capturing the image of a mailing route. The conserved motions are pure information, which elude a reconstruction due to their abstraction.
Ralf Baecker provides access to the world of mechanic control and natural variation: With aesthetic precision, Baeckers artwork pursues its target task and faces the formal autonomy of grains of sand – the emerging tension of theory and practice, imagination and execution, reality and belief is reflected in a multi-faceted way.
The sensibility of the artists in regard to material, movement and their aesthetic symbiosis unifies the positions of the exhibition and, within the delusion of the Berlin Art Week, operates as a meditative island for a profound art experience.