Dieter Mammel, The Wave, 2017, Ink on canvas, 300 x 500 cm
Dieter Mammel presents his largest format of canvas so far in the context of this exhibition. A size of three by five meters the water landscape extends monumentally over the wall offering the observer to become himself part of the wave. Oscillating between abstract disillusion of form and naturalistic expression Mammel contemplates widely on the relationship of men and sea. The water arises overwhelmingly and intriguingly at once to an impregnable force confronting the individual that begins to disappear amongst the wide plane of colour. It still keeps the head above water apparently confirming the order of power though in times of a massive destruction of the environment this condition keels over at the same moment. Mammel reflects on this dilemma in his sensitive and powerful aesthetics. With this work he offers an immersion into the contradictions of our actions.
With the solo exhibition “near and far” the artist Dieter Mammel gives a comprehensive insight into his personal impressions and experiences in interaction with the political events of our time. Escape, search, journey and location of the human being and the associated longing for arrival and acceptance are facing a loud, blind rage of self-aggrandizement and self-staging. Mammel sensitively commutes between those possible states of being, grasps the subtle emotional differences and similarities of excesses and thus provides a profound image of his, our world. In the well-known monochromy of his tinged paintings, the portrayed characters appear against the wind and the weather, hurry and dwell surrounded by water and forest, look into the distance with their eyes wide open and search for knowledge.
Dieter Mammel’s watercolors have always lived from the tension between the painted and unpainted canvas, between light and shadow – but now, color closes the interstices between the picture and the pictorial space. Black ink and yellow acrylic paint flow together on the wet canvas, turning green in some places, in others glowing from the contrast. Humans and animals as well seem to react viscerally to this: they laugh and walk towards the yellow, entering into it, or they stand there, hypnotized by it. They start to glow within the color as much as the painting itself, or they create the glowing color through light and smoke. All of this happens “in-between,” in a kind of “twilight,” between luminescence and flames, laughter and tears, between life and death. Pictures, telling about life.
live in Berlin 1965: born in Reutlingen/ DE 1986-1991: art study in free graphic art at the Akademie der Bildenden Künste, Stuttgart/ DE; art study in free painting at the Hochschule der Künste, Berlin 1991: Gratuation as Masterstudent in Berlin 1998-2002: Lectureship at Mediadesign Akademie, Berlin ab 2013: Atelier in ATELIERFRANKFURT, Frankfurt am Main/ DE
Solo exhibitions (selection)
1988: Galerie Michael Hasenclever, München/ DE 1990: Universitätsmuseum, Saint Petersburg/ RU 1991: Galerie Tilly Haderek, Stuttgart/ DE 1992: Albrecht-Dürer-Gesellschaft, Nürnberg/ DE 1993: Leopold-Hoesch-Museum, Düren/ DE; Galerie Diferenca, Lissabon/ PT 1994: Galerie Tilly Haderek, Stuttgart/ DE 1996: Galerie Studio Ghiglione, Genua/ IT; Galerie Maurits van de Laar, Den Haag/ NL 1997: Kunsthalle Göteborg/ SE; Galerie Johannes Zielke, Berlin 1999: Galerie 224, Laguna Beach, Los Angeles/ USA; Monique Goldstrom Gallery, New York/ USA; Galerie Hamburger Kunstprojekt, Hamburg/ DE 2001: Christopher Cutts Gallery, Toronto/ CA; Monique Goldstrom Gallery, New York/ USA; Galerie Seitz & Partner, Berlin/ DE; Galleria ScalArte, Verona/ IT 2003: Kunstmuseum Bonn/ DE; Museum am Ostwall, Dortmund/ DE 2004: Galerie Hübner, Frankfurt/ DE; Kunstmuseum Spendhaus, Reutlingen/DE 2005: Pinakothek Athen; Christopher Cutts Gallery, Toronto/ CA 2007: C.A.M Gallery, Istanbul/ TR; Melanee Cooper Gallery, Chicago/ USA; Goethe Institut, Rotterdam/NL 2009: Kunstverein Münsterland/ DE; Kunsthaus Potsdam/ DE 2010: Ernst Osthaus Museum, Hagen/ NL; Dagmar Schmidla Galerie, Köln/ DE; Galerie Maurits van de Laar, Den Haag/ NL; Pera Museum, Istanbul/ TR 2012: C.A.M Gallery, Istanbul/ TR; Christopher Cutts Gallery, Toronto/ CA; Dagmar Schmidla Galerie, Köln/ DE 2013: Galerie Maurits van de Laar, Den Haag/ NL; Contemp Agentur für zeitgenössische Kunst, Wien/ AT; Galerie Hübner + Hübner, Frankfurt am Main/ DE; The Westin Grand Hotel, Berlin 2015: Galerie Gerken, Berlin
1991: Villa Serpentara, Olevano /IT: Scholarship at the Akademie der Künste, Berlin 1993: work scholarship des Senats für Kulturelle Angelegenheiten, Berlin 1995: Project promotion of Arnhold Hilfsfonds in Akademie der Künste, Berlin 1997-2003: Work contract with „Künstlerförderung Berlin“ 2000-2004: Atelier scholarship of des Senats für Kulturelle Angelegenheiten, Berlin 2007-2013: Atelier scholarship from the city Frankfurt am Main
Art works in private and public collections (selection)
Kupferstichkabinett Berlin; Staatsgalerie Stuttgart/ DE; Kunstmuseum Bonn/ DE; Kunstmuseum Reutlingen/ DE; Stadtmuseum München; Kunstmuseum Göteborg/ DE; Frissiras Museum Athen/ GR; Sammlung Deutsche Bank, Frankfurt/ DE; Sammlung Hessische Landesbank, Frankfurt/ DE; Willy-Brandt-Haus, Berlin; IBM Sammlung Deutschland; Joel Barrish Collection, New York; Niarchos Collection Las Vegas, Los Angeles/ USA; Sammlung von Metzler, Frankfurt/ DE; Sammlung Großmann, Frankfurt/ DE; Sammlung Eckhard Franz, Berlin; Sammlung Bohn, Bonn, Berlin; Sammlung Heubeck, Köln/ DE; Sammlung SOR Rusche, Oelde/ DE; Sammlung Dibelius, München/ DE; Huma Kabakci Collection, Istanbul; Mustafa Taviloglu Collection, Istanbul; Nevbahar Koc Collection, Istanbul; Kemal Gencer Collection, Istanbul; S. + L. Binat Collection, Istanbul