CCA – Andratx, Mallorca

opening September 29, 2017

¡Manos arriba, esto es un atraco! – this autumn at CCA, gallery Jochen Hempel shows four very contrasting positions, which however complement each other well in their diversity.
The works of Peter Krauskopf, a german painter who lives and works in Berlin, are characterized by their high abstraction and the opaque application of paint which leads to the special gradients in his paintings. These qualities make the work so lively. Relating to the meaning of the works, they only reveal themselves at the moment, when one gives up, trying to understand them.
The works of Bastian Muhr, the second position within the artist ensemble of gallery Jochen Hempel show themselves in a completely different way to the recipient. In contrast to Krauskopf, he uses a very analytic strategy to get to his abstract expression. Muhrs works are often based on special conceived systems, which deal strongly with the coincidence. In this way he creates detailed drawings and paintings that question the perception of the viewer. With every new look at the works of Muhr the whole picture changes. This is a hard challenge for those, who want to feel comfortable and safe.
The third position, the works of Carsten Fock refer more to the content. Fock deals with philosophical questions in particular with the conflicts which are inherent in them. With his distinctive line and brave color choice, Fock combines abstract and figurative elements in his works and thus links to the two prefixed positions.
The big tondi and his drawing selection “looking at the mountains of desire” of Tilo Schulz form the last position within the exhibition of gallery Jochen Hempel. The first tondi were originally part of a mobile installation for the Espace Louis Vuitton during the 56th Biennale in Venice in 2015. In the following a whole series with different variations arose. The tondi act like other spheres. They open up, defrag, and then finally reunite. Also the drawing series “looking at the mountains of desire” reminds of picturesque approaches. Within this group of works, Schulz is involved with political events and their intermixing with the history of aesthetics and culture. With this work Tilo Schulz again proves his very subtle and sensitive expressiveness.