- Opening: Friday, January 26, 2024, 7 p.m
- Laudation: Andreas Amrhein
- Music: Anja Dolak, accordion
Under the motto “Raised”, the new exhibition in the Pyramide exhibition center brings together sculptures by Matthias Stuchtey and paintings and drawings by Maritta Czepa.
Marita Czepa very realistically draws objects that she finds and keeps on her daily walks. She combines discarded, lost and no longer valued things from our civilization with drawings of fossil and geological finds. What stories do these things tell about us humans and our interaction with nature? What remains of them, of us, and how will all of this be understood in the future? Consequently, Marita Czepa only uses saved, used paper for her colored pencil drawings.
Czepa also dedicate themselves to the theme of the exhibition in the context of being kept: lifelike drawings of food that is beautifully packaged and kept; Large-format watercolors invite you to think about us humans who want to feel at home in nature and at the same time exploit and pollute this nature.
Matthias Stuchtey's sculptures take into account the principles of simplicity, self-reduction and self-limitation. They challenge vision and offer the eye and the mind productive surfaces of friction that lead to ever new perceptions of the work in space.
It is the second look at things, this stripping away of preconceived visual expectations, that gives the works their special appeal. Perhaps that is why Matthias Stuchtey gives the works ambiguous titles such as “Late Insight” or “The Blue from Heaven”, because they only reveal their soul, their cryptic inner life behind the surface when you look at them for the second or third time.
Matthias Stuchtey also works with finds from everyday life. His angular, nested (building) bodies consist of wooden panels, orange crates or deconstructed and dismantled IKEA furniture, which he assembles into new architecture-like structures, modular existence boxes.
The exhibition “Aufgehoben” combines two very unique artistic expressions, awakens a multitude of memories and associations in the viewer and invites you to think about picking up things and “being lifted” in its various meanings.