June 25 – July 30, 2021
Boban Andjelkovic, Lena von Goedeke, Caro Jost, Patrick Ostrowsky, Youjin Yi
Britta Rettberg presents a Summer Show with selected works and five special editions by the gallery artists.
In the tradition of “Bad Painting”, Boban Andjelkovic (*1975 in Serbia, lives and works in Munich) combines figurative references and an abstract formal language. His subjectivist pictorial worlds are inhabited by alter egos or personifications from art history and pop culture. Behind his neo-expressive depictions lies an awareness of current social phenomena. Andjelkovic’s latest works arise from his preoccupation with the role of the artist in relation to social role attributions. He playfully questions the ambivalent male artist ego.
Lena von Goedekes (*1983, Duisburg, lives and works in Berlin) conceptual artistic approach is based on scientific findings and social phenomena. Her work revolves around the transformation of different materials into a complex statement about our perception of the world and the investigation of the possibilities and risks of a digitally presorted perception. Much of her work is influenced by her research travels to the Arctic. Von Goedeke explores our modern approach to nature and the digital surveying and tracking of landscape.
The conceptual artist Caro Jost (*1965 in Munich, lives and works in Munich and New York) appropriates foreign traces, materials and memories, which she transforms into artworks with autobiographical as well as social relevance. In doing so, she is concerned with the transfer of historical reality into the present. Her “Streetprints” contain real imprints of asphalt surfaces of special places. In the series “Invoice Paintings”, Caro Jost uses printouts of original invoices, notes or sketches from the archives of well-known artists. The pictures of the “Public Paintings” convey archive material from advertising and the mass media.
Patrick Ostrowsky (*1991, Schwandorf, Germany) investigates sculpture and its relationship to space, its function and interface with architecture and design. The theories of Minimal Art, Post Minimal Art and Land Art flow into his work in many ways. Influenced by phenomena of abstract imprints on the urban landscape through natural processes such as corrosion, erosion or oxidation or through man-made processes such as construction, vandalism or settlement, Ostrowsky is concerned with transferring structures of urban life and strategies of temporary architecture to sculpture. His latest works visualize a post-urban vegetation that tells of the end of our capitalist social system.
Youjin Yi (*1980 in Gangneung, KOR) combines figurative references and abstract, painterly structures in her multi-layered artistic language. Her works show landscape spaces occupied by people, animals or mixed creatures. Pictorial elements intertwine and become biomorphic forms. Yi’s works visualize existential states of being and the complexity of our world and perception. She has developed a special iconography between the poles of Asian and Western culture and pictorial tradition. For her most recent works, she resorts to industrial material and turns to digital processes. The small-format polymer works give Yi’s works an object-like quality.