Now that the shiny dust of the grand art fairs has settled, it is time to focus again on the local (and one slightly remote -- shout out to Leipzig) openings and events. The dates say this is one of the last rounds of openings this year, so before we all get carried away by holidays, appreciate some of the last 2015 art highlights.
19.00 Private Parts @ Gitte Bohr
WHY: If the prostitute is the female equivalent of the proletariat, then who is your uncle? Eight artists expose their private parts while questioning the integrity of their affective labour, probing its bearing on other urgencies. Exhibition with and by master students in the program Raumstrategien / Spatial Strategies at Weißensee Academy of Art Berlin.
Gitte Bohr / Skalitzerstr. 133, 10999 Berlin, U Kottbusser Tor / open through 08.11 / free entry / more info
18.00 Ivan Comas - "Days Go By" @ DUVE Berlin
WHY: DUVE Berlin presents new works by Argentinian painter Ivan Comas, in his first solo presentation in a gallery setting in Europe. Comas uses industrial materials such as household paint and cement to create paintings suggesting an ever-changing urban environment. In his latest works, produced in Berlin, he combined these materials with photography and UV printing. Additionally, an installation is planned, the first ever to be realized by the artist.
DUVE Berlin / Gitschiner Str. 94/94a, Entrance D, 1.5 floor, 10969 Berlin, U Prinzenstr. / open through 18.12 / free entry / more info
18.00 Matthew Plummer-Fernandez - "Hard Copy" @ NOME
WHY: With "Hard Copy", NOME presents Matthew Plummer-Fernandez’s first solo exhibition. The show challenges familiar notions of copyright, and questions the point at which an original copyright ends and where a newfound ‘copyleft’ freedom might begin. The artist shows a series of new sculptures, derived from 3D models of popular cartoon characters found online. Created by their fans and available for anyone to download, the models have been distorted, rearranged and printed as sculptures.
NOME / Dolziger Str. 31, 10247 Berlin, S+U Frankfurter Allee / open through 23.12 / free entry / more info
19.00 Appropriating Language #11: Around Kubin @ Maniere Noire
WHY: The life and artwork of the draughtsman, printmaker, and author Alfred Kubin (1877 -1959) provides essential material for a dialogue in the exhibition at Manière Noire. Artists and writers Herbert Christian Stöger and Jörn Gerstenberg are the protagonists of this dialogue. Kubin’s images illustrate the dawn of the cruel catastrophes of the 20th century, scars and ruins carved in the collective consciousness. The pictures, texts, and video-installations presented in the show reveal comments to that period seen through the "Kubin prism".
Maniere Noire / Waldenserstr. 7A, 10551 Berlin, U Birkenstr. / open through 24.11 / free entry / more info
18.00 Despina Stokou - "Ghosting" @ Galerie EIGEN + ART Leipzig
WHY: One good reason to visit Leipzig this weekend is the opening of our very own Despina Stokou's solo show at the Galerie EIGEN + ART. The works on display tie in with earlier works which combine text, painting, and collage. The new series of works are primarily concerned with the universal semiotic language of emojis. Most-commonly-used emojis taken from conversations with her friends got a new life in these large-scale paintings, which already received a lot of . Needless to say: do not miss!
Galerie EIGEN + ART Leipzig / Spinnereistr. 7, Halle 5, 04179 Leipzig / open through 19.12 / free entry / more info
18.00 Peggy Buth – "The Politics of Selection – Vom Nutzen der Angst" @ KLEMM'S
WHY: Peggy Buth's solo exhibition at KLEMM'S gathers works (video, text, photography) created in the last two years of her extensive travels through the midwest of the US. Her flexible-media group of works focuses on voids in the urban space. The current condition of these (urban) situations, as documented and interpreted by the artist, is a reflection of the relationship between capitalistic urban space production and space acquisition, and between symbolic capital and its associated differentiation processes, in all their complex links and mutual conditionalities.
KLEMM'S / Prinzessinnenstr. 29, 10969 Berlin, U Moritzplatz / open through 19.12 / free entry / more info
17.00 Yehudit Sasportas @ Galerie EIGEN + ART
WHY: Yehudit Sasportas is amongst the most important contemporary Israeli artists. In her works, she builds up, captures, and dissolves the tension between the inside and the outside, between two- and three-dimensionality in numerous ways. The works are rather mental landscapes than pictured reality, images of the inner psyche lying under the visible surface, symbolised by nature. An ever occurring motive is the swamp which keeps its real depth hidden in secret, and only lets one guess what lies underneath.
Galerie EIGEN + ART / Auguststr. 26, 10117 Berlin, U Rosenthaler Platz / open through 19.12 / free entry / more info
18.00 Blair Thurman @ Peres Projects
WHY: Blair Thurman’s paintings and neon works engage with diverse facets of personal narrative, tribal motifs, and American automobile culture. In his paintings, Thurman employs bold hues on canvas, which reference the stickers used on Hot Wheels and slot cars, stretched over cutout and shaped wooden forms. These large-scale works negotiate intimately autobiographical traits with formality, as they recall the artist’s childhood fascinations with these toys, while confronting and pushing forward the boundaries and possibilities of formal painting.
Peres Projects / Karl Marx Allee 82, 10243 Berlin, U Weberwiese / open through 19.12 / free entry / more info
18.00 Chloe Brooks - "Parlour" @ Centrum
WHY: For her exhibition at Centrum, Chloe Brooks will create a site-specific installation in which she will address the architectural history of the project-space. In her installations, prints, drawings and projections, the artist often introduces elements of past architectural styles into the present surroundings. Playing with and reorganising the structural characteristics of a space, the artist creates ambiguous situations that enable the beholder to uncover hidden details and see the space in a new light.
Centrum / Reuterstr. 7, 12053 Berlin, U Boddinstr. / open through 13.12 / free entry / more info