Galerie Kornfeld, Berlin
Franziska Klotz's work is based on photographies from various media and highly inspired by art history, that the artist transcends to create autonomous and personal history paintings. In her current production, she deals with motifs like homelessness, shelter, fight and flight and thus pays reference to the changes society is facing today. Works by Franziska Klotz vividly condense a variety of very personal impressions within autonomous painterly compositions. Here, the artist expertly utilizes the various modes of hermedium: she paints with a brush, a palette knife or even with her fingers. Areas where the paint is applied so thickly that it has almost relief-like qualities stand in contrast with glaze-like, flowing sections. Fullness is next to emptiness, lightness alongside heaviness, the painterly next to the graphic, definition alongside deliquescence, representational next to the abstract.
The unfinished and preliminary is part of the paintings, with areas of elaborate detail set alongside vaguely sketched sections, where chaos continuously breaks into the deliberate ordering of the image field. A highly sensitive intransigence characterizes her work. Through her willingness and ability to engage so deeply in the creative process, she creates images with a tangible directness that is hard to escape. What that directness refers to, however, remains elusive. Her consistent position challenges every viewer to open up their space and perspective.
Since the beginning of his career Hubertus Hamm questions the concept of the portrait. This led him to photographic portraits that are altered by the person portrayed or to works that combine the photographic portrait with the individual fingerprint of the person portrayed.Besides that Portrait VII (48 mobiles), an installation of what might be the quintessential mirror of our times: the smartphones. The latter is our umbilical cord with the world and, because of its selfie function, also a mirror of our own selves - or at least of the self-image we would like to project. Properly lit, the smartphone’s shiny black display seems like a dark mirror , even when it is switched off, an idea explored in Hubert Hamm’s installation.
Lately he created a tent-like, white box and thus relinquishes all communication between the photographer and person that is to be portrayed. Locked alone in the box the latter is thrown back on his own, without a chance to communicate to an other; who are we, when nobody looks at us? This unique experience can be shared by the visitors of VOLTA13, with the white box being installed in our booth.