Galerie van Cauwelaert Presents SomoS
Positions Berlin Art Fair 2018
27.09.2018 - 30.09.2018
Galerie van Cauwelaert Berlin has invited SomoS to select some of its associated artists for inclusion in their gallery’s Positions Berlin Art Fair presentation.
SomoS is proud to announce a cooperation in which Galerie van Cauwelaert has invited SomoS cofounder/director Paulus Fugers to select some of its associated artists for inclusion in Galerie van Cauwelaert’s Positions Berlin Art Fair show, taking place within the official Berlin Art Week program, September 27th – 30th 2018.
The presented artists are Nándor Angstenberger, Goran Tomcic, Todd Reece Johnson and Winston Chmielinski and Moran Sanderovich, with Alexei Gordin taking part in the “Positions Selection” affordable art presentation.
Establishing a something of a fantastical journey, the selected works are united by an ability to remind us that regular daily life can be turned into something magical at the flick of a switch; the flash of a realization; a spark of inspiration; a small adjustment of perception or attitude. Enabling an observant, lucid state, re-enabling a sense of childlike wonderment, inquiry and possibility, the works invite new, more alert ways of viewing everyday life.
In his installations, wall pieces and sculptural work, Nándor Angstenberger demonstrates the principle that the most fantastical vision can be based on the accumulation and inventive combination of the most mundane elements. In their masterfully controlled expansiveness his elaborate sculptures and installations convey worlds evolving from within themselves, ideas grown into accumulating and ever expanding matter. Often imaginatively constructed from discarded everyday materials, they give back to art the ability of wondrous astonishment and whimsical narrative explorations, keeping the whole in check by a keen sense of composition.
What looks so light, joyous and effortless in Goran Tomcic’s works, is in fact the result of a painstaking and monotonously repetitive process of appropriating and interpreting common objects, used as a metaphor for both mourning and happiness, space and movement. Glitzy and poignant at the same time, Tomcic’s sculptures, installations, collages and objects, elegantly and poetically combine references to self-realization, vulnerability and entropy. The consistent use of such materials as holographic film, sequins and reflective foils, all combine to create works where the psychedelic, transcendental, spiritual and glamorous converge; portraying life between joy and dissolution.
Fluently merging abstraction and a kind of digitally informed magical realism, Winston Chmielinski’s vibrantly colored painting places realistic fragments within dreamlike visual constructions. Translucent, layered, fragmentary, and often highly sensual, his enticing compositions combine a contemporary sensibility with a classical technique. Chmielinski’s paintings reflect his synaesthetical worldview and expertly blend the boundaries between recognizable forms and intuitive coloring.
Todd Reece Johnson
The beauty of decay, micro-macro cosmos, the random alchemical processes of nature are features of Todd Reece Johnson’s work. With the evolution of digital cameras, Johnson observes, the ‘medium’ of photography as being a mediation between image and observer has largely been rendered obsolete: there is no materiality. To counteract this, his work introduces a kind of hyper-materiality, in which material, nature, decay, transformation and chance are both subject and author. It investigates the inherent disorder, chaos, turmoil and beauty of nature; qualities reflected formally in the shapes, colors and texture of the work itself.
Moran Sanderovich’s sculpture, performance, video and drawing speculatively extend organic boundaries. Embodying alternative human forms, she engages the grotesque and uncanny to produce visceral narratives of self-determination, transformation and possibility. Her work challenges and confuses normative conceptions of bodily limitation, taking disability, mutation, and decay as starting points for other forms of life.
Special Selection: Alexei Gordin
Estonian visual artist Alexei Gordin, winner of the 2017 Baltic Young Painter Prize, was selected to take part in a presentation of affordable art at Positions Berlin Art Fair. The current SomoS Artist-in-Residence appropriates images of the sterile idealized sphere of the professional art world for absurdist fictional situations, giving an ironical reflection on the life of an artist. Gordin’s solo show, called The outside world must not come in, is presented at SomoS during Berlin Art Week.