Spanish painter Carlos Herraiz speaks about his work process and his fascination with the physical effects of the process of aging. The interview was conducted Spring 2020 as a virtual studio visit as part of SomoS Virtual Residency Program, in which artists tell how they are dealing with the lockdown situation.
In this SomoS artist interview, we present South-Korean artist Jiyeon Kim who divides her time between Seoul and Berlin. She speaks about portraiture in the digital era, and the relation between online images and real life painting. The interview was conducted during Kim’s artist residency at SomoS early 2020, and published at the occasion of her solo exhibition Meme Paintings, June 9th until July 18th 2020.
SomoS Artist-in-Residence, Spanish painter Carlos Herraiz is known for his process-based abstract paintings, mysterious works that are influenced by the passing of time and the signature of the elements.
SomoS Artist-in-Residence Paula Valenzuela (b. May 2nd 1988) is an abstract painter and installation artist from Santiago de Chile, who uses painting as a way to depict and interact with the landscape.
In this SomoS Artist Interview, Uruguayan painter Emi Brener talks about her themes of intimacy and vulnerability, and how she integrates embroidery and painting.
Between June 9 and July 18 2020, SomoS presents the exhibition Meme Paintings by South-Korean painter Jiyeon Kim, who explores ways of representing the individual in our digital era.
In her solo exhibition “Under the Skin,” Emi Brener traces human vulnerability and intimacy through an innovative combination of painting and embroidery.
Emi Brener is an Uruguayan visual artist working primarily within the mediums of painting and embroidery, whose work conveys moments of human intimacy, nuance and experience.
SomoS starts 2020 on an experimental and democratic note, presenting Belgian visual artist Jan Verbruggen’s solo exhibition Thesauros, The Treasury.
As the debut exhibition on SomoS’ 2020 program, between January 4 and 18, the results of Belgian visual artist Jan Verbruggen’s three month artist residency are presented in his solo exhibition Thesauros, The Treasury.
The Empathische Tribunale group show presents painting, drawing, photography, comics, tape-art, sculpture, installation and performance by artist group “Die Kette.”
SomoS Artist-in-Residence Belgian visual artist and educator Jan Verbruggen works in a number of mediums; primarily painting, drawing and installation, as a way to gain control of the over-stimulation we experience in daily life.
Taiwanese artist Pei-Chi Wu is a participant in SomoS’ group exhibition, Un_Real Desires. Working within the mediums of text, installation, moving-image and performance, her work deals with issues of obscured identity. Speaking of her move to London, the artist relates to the feeling of losing her identity and moving to a country where her native […]
Multidisciplinary artist Janka Smetanina is committed to the idea that art bears social responsibility. Through performance, video installation and painting, she demonstrates how private and public influence, transform, construct, represent and deconstruct our reality. Her varied education and technical skills allow her to explore a variety of mediums and artistic narratives. Smetanina’s paintings series No […]
Rexy Tseng (Taiwan, 1986) is an internationally active visual artist who works primarily with the media of installation and painting. In Tseng’s art we can see two ways of working that share similar concerns: installation and painting. In the installations, the artist uses technology to cast an ironic and playful gaze at human relations within […]
In times where the borders between the physical and the virtual are becoming increasingly blurred, SomoS’ Un_Real Desires group show explores the effects of the imbrication of technology, desire and erotica.
Through her paintings Laura Pedizzi (Italy) explores the theme of female identity with clarity and a sense of poignancy.
Jameson Grant’s solo exhibition at SomoS Berlin “Cobble Paintings” represents a casualist, personal reordering of historical painting tropes through the repeated depiction of set forms; in this case, the stones that shape and paved Berlin city streets.
Mikhail Haramati (b.1982) is an American painter based in Sacramento, CA, USA. She is interested in the often dramatic environmental impact of the unseen physical processes that keep industrialized societies going. Drawing from her memory and her own photographs, Haramati uses a vocabulary that updates the genre of traditional landscape painting, with references to early […]
SomoS is delighted to host “Nothing Special,” as part of “B-LA Connect,” an international project in which 20 Art Spaces form LA engage in a cultural exchange with 22 Art Spaces in Berlin. The exhibition curated by Frank J. Stockton, features work by Mark Flores, Julienne Fusello, William E. Jones, Anthony Miserendino, Jeff St. Andrews, Frank J. Stockton, and Willa Wasserman.
Jameson Grant is a painter based in New York City whose work offers a personal reinterpretation of classic painting tropes such as craft, motif, intuition.
In the solo exhibition Encoded, Stored, and Retrieved, Berlin-based French painter Christie MacDonald processes memory and cultural influences, merging her gorgeous reinterpretation of pattern painting with impulses from the digital realm.
March 2019, SomoS Berlin presented the solo exhibition “BERRYLIN,” by Artist-in-Residence Berry Kim (Seoul), in which she used painting, drawing, murals and fabric prints to create a unique world based on her Berlin experiences.
Christie MacDonald is a French-born artist based in Berlin, whose practice involves painting and print. Her abstract works reference digital and computer culture, the internet and social media.
The 2018 solo exhibition Tinsel Angels presented cinematic self-portraits from a Black perspective in paintings, illustrations by Artist-in-Residence Sophia Zarders.
Fall 2018, SomoS welcomed Californian visual artist Sophia Zarders to its Berlin Artist-in-Residence Program. Zarders is a painter, illustrator and comic artist who combines diverse media. Zarders is known for an ongoing series of emotional self-portraits and her progressive political posters and publications. After receiving a BFA in Illustration from California State University Zarders currently […]
In The outside world must not come in, the solo exhibition of paintings and videos by visual artist Alexei Gordin (Estonia), the stage was set for absurdist fictional situations underlining the artist’s view of the sterility of the professional art sphere, bringing chaos and life into it.
In their duo show, Routine & Happiness, artists Joaquin Margulis Luchsinger (Chile) & Mari Nagem (Brazil) contrast the dutiful monotony of everyday life with a quest for the idea of happiness, employing such techniques as video, sound art, multimedia, painting and installation. Mari Nagem’s work demonstrates how the idea of happiness is commodified and used […]
With “Agnieszka Rowińska – Afterimage,” SomoS presented the solo exhibition the young Polish Artist-in-Residence prepared during her 2017 stay at SomoS Art House in Berlin.
From August 17-27, 2016 SomoS presents a solo exhibition of large-scale watercolors and video by New York-based visual artist Jen Liu. The show is curated by Lawinia Rate, organizer of the popular and thought-provoking Queer film event series “Attaque(e)r le visible” taking place at La Mutinerie in Paris, France. This occasion is centered around Jen Liu’s […]
Spring 2015, SomoS hosted a solo exhibition of oil paintings from French artist Louie Otesanek’s Forgotten Families series.
Berlin artist Klaus Hu works across different media with research based environmental topics. His work uses archival research as well as traditional studio-based techniques.
Often re-using imagery from the mass media, lowbrow sources, and pulp literature, Bernard Föll incorporates political and societal themes in his paintings.
Nika Fontaine’s glitter paintings on view at the Götter Glamor exhibition at SomoS Berlin titillatingly contrast lyrical spirituality with glamor and kitsch. The works by the young Berlin-based Canadian artist are presented in a coherent installation consisting of glitter canvasses and objects which emphasize Fine Art Painting’s roots in cult, myth and religion. It synthesizes […]
The 2014 retrospective exhibition of painting, film scripts and Super 8 films by Berlin artist Bernard Föll presented work ranging back to the early 1980s.
During the Berlin Pornfilmfestival, October 23-27th 2013, which, after Panorama, has become the city’s largest platform for narrative, documentary and experimental cinema about sexuality and identity, SomoS presents Rule 34, a group exhibition of similarly innovative artistic positions. In internet folklore, Rule 34 stipulates that anything thinkable can be made into porn, or probably already […]