Kuckei + Kuckei was established in 1993 by the brothers Ben and Hannes Kuckei.
In 1998 they moved to Linienstrasse 158, right into the center of what was then Berlin’s booming young gallery scene. Their program is based on contemporary positions by international artists with whom they have established good and profound relationships and for whom they act as agents while accompanying their careers. Artists being represented by the gallery usually work conceptually, which is being expressed in various forms. In solo shows and group shows the gallery presents photography, painting, drawing, object and video installation.
Exploring the rural surroundings of Buenos Aires, Guillermo Srodek-Hart used his camera to capture the interior of old commercial establishments. Butcher’s shops, bars, bicycle repair shops and dry cleaners were photographed in the manner of a still life, thus devotionally consecrating objects intended for consumption to an unalterable condition.
For many of these places, the record made by Guillermo Srodek-Hart was the last depiction of a disappearing world. Without changing a single item in the scene, Srodek-Hart installed his plate camera and hid behind a black drape in order to compose the picture and focus the camera. During the long exposure, it seemed as though time stood still. Despite the fact that neither the owners nor any of their customers appear in them, the photographs capture traces of a human presence reflected in the organisation of the objects and in the manner of the labour we can imagine taking place in each of the sites. These photographs express both visible and invisible elements and, ultimately, operate as a kind of vanitas, in which the imminent extinction of these old shops reminds us of the transient condition of the 'forms' of life that the modern city tends to defeat, affecting the realm of what has therefore become its opposite; the rural way of life.
From: The Atlas of the Empire. Alfons Hug and Paz Guevara, 55. Esposizione Internationale d´Arte - la Biennale di Venezia
Jörn Vanhöfen compels anyone observing his pictures not only to consume them, but to really read the images. He calls himself a “political landscape photographer,” whose minimalistic images achieve clarity, and whose landscapes “would like to portray the confrontation with cultural idiosyncrasies.”
Opening hours: Tuesday - Friday 11 - 18 h, Saturday 11 - 17 h.
Matten Vogel follows traditional minimalist idea of radicalising the aesthetics of perception. Consequently, it is not the individual artwork, but the viewer and the surroundings that are assigned the role of constituting the work. The eye automatically attempts to compensate for any interruptions and to resume the existing rhythm.
David Barbarino, Zander Blom, Madeleine Boschan, Bettina Krieg, Denis Mähne, Adolph Menzel, Ulrich Wulff
Oliver van den Berg
With Viktor Baltus, Nelleke Beltjens, Ralf Brück, Aristarkh Chernyshev, Peter K. Koch, Lilly Lulay, Benedikt Partenheimer, Nikola Röthemeyer, Pablo Valbuena, Albert Weis
Curated by Jill Leciejewski
Tautira Tahiti, 2010
Pigment ink on cotton paper
108 x 144 cm
Edition: 7 + 2AP
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