Beyond the surface

October 6 to December 15, 2012

Anne Neukamp, o.T. (Herz), 2012, oil, egg tempera, cotton, 220 x 170 cm, Courtesy Galerie Gregor Podnar

Carola Ernst, IKON IV, 2010, ink & various papers, 31x22 cm, Courtesy power gallery

Gregor Hildebrandt, Die Oberfläche des Tisches (Tabula rasa, Arvo Pärt-Cantus in Memoriam of Benjamin Britten), 2012, 93 x 69 x 3 cm, cassette tape on canvas, Courtesy Wentrup

Ekrem Yalcindag, Impressions from the Streets, 2011, oil on canvas and wood, 2m diameter, Courtesy Kai Middendorff Galerie

Nevin Aladag, Paravent / Social Fabric #1, 2012, collage from carpets, metal, 250 x 552 x 4 cm, Courtesy Wentrup

Stefan Pfeiffer, Those Where the Days 5, 2012, 50 x 55 cm, two parts, oil on canvas, wood, towel, soap box, Courtesy power gallery

Nevin Aladag
Carola Ernst
Gregor Hildebrandt
Anne Neukamp
Stefan Pfeiffer
Ekrem Yalcindag

Curators: Zdenek Felix, Ludwig Seyfarth


The exhibition Beyond the Surface draws focus to multi-layered surfaces, in the truest sense of the word, and not only to those of paintings. Mixing or adding different materials, the relief-like application of paint, wiping or scraping away existing layers, or the deliberate assemblage of apparently heterogenous elements into collages: all of these are processes that charge the surface of an image with a physical presence that lacks the transparent screens that are almost ubiquitous in everyday life.
Computer programs can be used to layer planes or spaces on top of each other; everything can always be changed or erased, and in the process even the grandest of creative interventions can exist without recognizable traces. What happens on the surfaces of the pictures shown in this exhibition, however, remains more or less legible in the results.
Beyond the Surface is, on one hand, a reflection of the possibilities of painting today, but on the other hand, it also discusses material quality and states or conditions  beyond those of classic painting, as well as the question of the relationship between what can be experienced through the senses and what remains intangible.
Fresco-like, painted forms recalling robes or body surfaces and the schematic remains of layers of paint that have been removed (Anne Neukamp) are shown next to abstract, gestural elements of painting and drawing, which seem to be enmeshed in the surface, while at the same time opening up indeterminate spaces (Carola Ernst); installation-like paintings of different pieces of soap, depicted as if for a gallery of family portraits (Stefan Pfeiffer); multifaceted, shimmering surfaces made out of used tape from music cassettes (Gregor Hildebrandt); essentially luminous, round paintings, which, upon closer inspection turn out to be elaborately designed reliefs (Ekrem Yalcindag); and paintings and objects whose carefully sorted, collage compositions are based on the ornamentation from carpets of various provenances (Nevin Aladag).