Tegene Kunbi and Werner Pokorny
Opening : 20/10/2017, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Exhibition : 20/10 – 30/11/2017
Artist Talk : 3/11/2017, 5 p.m. with Tegene Kunbi and Werner Pokorny
The abstract paintings by Tegene Kunbi develop their full power out of the tension between plan geometric forms and a complex structure in depth. Layer over layer the intensive color stripes bear witness to the artistic process of Kunbi: The previous pictorial moment is almost completely covered by a new layer, but does not lose its presence by shimmering through the following color stripe, in a symbiotic mixture with the new shade or as a haptic event at the edge of the plane. With the opportunity to reconstruct this processuality the paintings offer an insight to their narrative and temporary composition.
With Werner Pokorny galerie gerken is proudly presenting one of the most important sculptors of Southwestern Germany. Steel defines the center of the artist’s sculptural discourse, who formulates fundamental questions concerning composition, the body-space-relationship and materiality. By the concentrated vocabulary of form his works are gaining an archaic appearance, which enters a profound dialogue with the corroded steel: Eternity and temporality are lying close in the sculpture of Pokorny, wherefore an immanent dynamic is evolving. The formal autonomy of his works in the room, as well as their interaction with its environment, expresses this potential.