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The two Berlin-based artists Leo de Munk and Birgit Hölmer have known each other for a long time and share an important cognitive interest in their artistic process: the intrinsic curiosity about materials, which continuously leads to further research and experiments with selected everyday materials and (raw) products and often results in cross-genre works.

The exhibition "In medias res" at the Kunstverein Neukölln brings together excerpts from two groups of works on paper, the haptic and gestural processes of which can be directly experienced.


Without further ado, the works of Leo de Munk and Birgit Hölmer enter into a synergetic dialogue with each other, which is entirely in keeping with the paradigm of today's fast-paced world.


Significant for some of the groups of works created by Birgit Hölmer is that both the front and the back function to overcome the image in space - as is the case with the embossed works on paper.
These are drawings made with a biro on the back of the paper, which are embossed onto the front. She was led to this technique a few years ago by chance and, above all, by her curiosity about experimenting with materials.
The result is a wide variety of embossed formats: from strongly reduced, free-form, rather object-like shapes to strongly superimposed structures of a pictorial character that push the paper to the limits of its resilience.

Hölmer has also been drawing in the forest for over 20 years and has produced a considerable oeuvre of "plain air" drawings, from which she is showing a selection of graphite works. From classic graphite on white paper, she found her way - once again through material explorations - to graphite on black cardboard. The result is psychograms between naturalistic image and abstract structure, partly expressive and always gestural in transition. It is the light that repeatedly changes the 'in-between' of the embossed and graphite works in relief.


Leo de Munk is showing excerpts from his extensive oeuvre of etchings, which he has been producing for several years. The attraction that repeatedly leads him to etching lies in the difficulty of checking the result: due to the reflections of the polished plates, it is hardly possible to see or correct the artistic interventions (in detail) during the working process.
Various etching processes, different needles, steel brushes and coarse sandpaper form a multifaceted collection of tools in a combination of different techniques to counter the resistance of the material. Velvety, delicate strokes repeatedly meet very deep black in the works and bear witness to how the artist "digs into" the panel.
What the works have in common is that they do not deny the process of creation and the components or tools used and can almost be physically comprehended.

De Munk creates small worlds in his etchings that are worth immersing yourself in. The etchings are complemented by several ink drawings.

  • Curated by Rebekka Liebmann



Additional information
16 March to 28 April 2024

Opening hours:   Wed - Sun from 14.00 - 20.00 hrs

Dates
April 2024
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