Werner Berges would have turned 80 on December 7, 2021. We are taking his birthday as an opportunity to honor him and his work in this exhibition. The beginnings of his art go back to the sixties of the last century - a time of new beginnings, protests and a new art movement called Pop, which took its inspiration from the media. As a young student in West Berlin, Werner Berges joined the group “Großgörschen 35”. Women, “fashion dolls” and “star aunties” became the main motif of his art - and these were portrayed in an abstract way - such as flat, gridded or striped.
The sixties and seventies were also the heyday of edition art. “Art for everyone” was the motto. If one couldn't pay for a unique piece of artwork, then at least a signed, limited edition print should be affordable. Werner Berges, who studied commercial graphics in Bremen before studying art in Berlin, found screen printing to be the ideal technique for his motifs.
We, as editors, are pleased to present the new catalog raisonné of prints and edition art as part of the exhibition “Werner Berges zum Achtzigsten”. It covers the years 1961 to 2021 and shows the broad spectrum of his work. Two special editions, stamped and signed by the estate, will be published, both produced by a manual screen printer in Berlin - the city in which his artistic career began.
In the exhibition in the DavisKlemmGallery, both unique and limited edition art will be presented.
Finissage with the artist on Sunday, September 26th, 2021, 12 - 6 pm Mehr...
Leonard Korbus, born in Mainz in 1991, studied fine arts in Halle at Burg Giebichenstein, in Vienna at the Academy of Fine Arts and in Leipzig at the HGB. In 2019 he wrote his theoretical diploma thesis entitled "Der Wille zum Überblick" ("The will to have an overall view") on the view from an elevated standpoint. In it he deals with the history of elevated standpoints and their effect.
The exhibition "Point of View" shows works by the artist that illustrate his exploration of urban space and viewpoints in a landscape. A central painting in the exhibition is “St. Kiliansberg”, which was made for the 2020 Riesling St. Kiliansberg from Bott winery. The wine, which has been named “Rheingauer Großes Gewächs”, is being released this year in a limited edition with the label by Leonard Korbus.
Frankfurt artist Petra Scheibe Teplitz worked from July 2020 till April 2021 on her new four part work of art with a total size of 110 x 440 cm that will be the center piece of this exhibition. Out of target paper she has created a universe with planets, solar systems and orbits. A product that is produced for shooting practice is transformed seemingly into a cartography for celestial bodies.
Both these new works and the exhibition carry the title "Out there". While the world was changing as a result of the pandemic, sometimes plunging into chaos, the celestial bodies, the earth and the sun continued to rotate "out there". They represent constants that determine our time and seasons. Nothing has changed in their course, only our perspective has shifted. Those constants also include the Scheibe Teplitz' artwork, which has remained true to itself in regards to materials used, approach and concept in the face of change.
Using and reinterpreting found materials such as everyday objects artistically is a concept that runs through the work of the Frankfurt artist. Lines and repetitions that complement each other to create an ornamental impression can be found not only in the individual works, but also in the interaction of several of her bodies of work. The artworks, created in series, function as individual pieces and are at the same time part of a whole.Using, seeing and reinterpreting found materials such as everyday objects artistically is a way of working that runs through the work of the Frankfurt artist. Lines and repetitions that complement each other to create an ornamental impression can be found not only in the individual works, but also in the interaction of several of her works. The artworks, created in series, function as individual pieces and are at the same time part of a whole.
This summer a new sculpture by Petra Scheibe Teplitz will be on view at the sculpture park in Mörfelden-Walldorf near Frankfurt.
Katharina Gierlach and Konrad Winter: Two times painting
18. June - 29. August 2021
Focus on painting: We are presenting two new videos about Katharina Gierlach and Konrad Winter. Gierlach paints with oil on canvas, Winter with automotive paint on aluminium. They have in common that they both use photographs as models for their paintings. The video portraits contain footage from their studios and from the gallery and show the two artists at work. The films can be seen on the gallery's website as well as in the gallery. New works by both artists that relate to each other will be presented in the gallery.
Two new catalogues will be published and presented at this exhibition. Both the videos and the catalogues are funded by Stiftung Kunstfonds and Neustart Kultur.
The gallery is open again as of May12th. Please contact us either by phone or e-mail for your individual appointment.
DavisKlemmGallery presents works by Berlin artist Hein Spellmann. Berliner Mischung (“Berlin blend”) is the title of the exhibition, which offers exactly that: a mixture of Berlin facades. The artist, however, does not present photos of street views, but sculptural photos of parts of individual buildings. These three-dimensional, pillow-like works of art can on the one hand clearly be assigned to architecture, on the other hand, packed in a new shape, they develop into a new life form.
Spellmann’s artworks concentrate on the individual details in rows of windows and architectural elements of modern facades: a tilted window, the glimpse of a curtain or a peek into the interior break up the neutrality of photography and architecture. Aside from living machines, design objects and cool photo views, Spellmann plays with motifs and technology. His soft pillow-like artworks present the sections of the building as they appear to the people behind them: as part of the life of the person living there – including their individual personalities.
Spellmann plays with opposites and thus creates tension. He contrasts repetitive facade structures with individual details. The minimalist form of his works is set off by the photography, while at the same time the pillow shape counterbalances the neutral photos in the manner of the great photographer couple Bernd and Hilla Becher. He contrasts the static nature of the building complex with the mobility of his details. Their size stands in playful and tangible contrast to the massive, distant architecture. The structure and the ornamentation of the facades contrast with the smooth, clean surface of the objects.
Hein Spellmann (born 1962 in Bassum, Lower Saxony) lives and works in Berlin. He is a graduate of the Braunschweig Art Academy, received a scholarship from the Berlin Cultural Fund Foundation and received the Magdeburg Art Prize from the Stadtsparkasse Magdeburg. Since 1996 he has been represented regularly in individual and group exhibitions at home and abroad.