The large-format painting TESTS from 2020, for which the exhibition is named, shows eight cars placed in beige-gray surroundings. All cars have one thing in common: each has been damaged in a (frontal) accident – at traffic lights, against street lights or a wall. But the title shows mercy to the drivers; the accidents, which at first all seem to be mistakes caused by novice drivers or drunks, were apparently only test crashes.
The imperfection that confronts the viewer in TESTS expertly picks up on the feeling of ineptitude that was already a theme for Wobst in 2014 in the exhibition painting SPARE KING (2014): The viewer sees a bowler who is about to throw his ball towards the standing bowling pins in the upper right corner of the painting. In bowling, a spare occurs when it takes two tries to clear away all the bowling pins – the SPARE KING can therefore be seen as the best of the second best.
Marlon Wobst’s paintings are essentially always tests – attempts to create finely tuned wholes, in terms of aesthetics, content and composition.
In HERRENTAG, a small canvas painting from 2020, he shows how our society is creating new standards under the pretext of corona. The five men are having fun, drinking, playing table tennis. Not all of them are clothed, but everyone is wearing nose-mouth protection. Luminous, vivid white colours dominate and carry the subjects to the foreground of a cloudy, cotton-like world, into the eye of the beholder.
Large canvases, a medium-sized felt picture, ceramics, and oil paintings on paper provide a comprehensive look into the visual worlds of the past eight years of the 39-year-old, who completed his master’s qualification at the University of the Arts in Berlin with Robert Lucander in 2011.
We are still open on appointment.
Opening: 18.7.2020 (16:00 pm – 20:00 pm)
Show: 19.7. – 25.7.2020 (on appointment)