Galerie Heike Strelow, Frankfurt am Main
Galerie Heike Strelow will put together a presentation showcasing the works of three internationally established artists: the duo Winter / Hoerbelt based in Germany and with a great international career, the Syrian and Berlin based artist Khaled Barakeh and the controversial German painter Florian Heinke. Their works reflect on contemporary controversial issues related to identity and self-reflection in the post digital world, raising questions on the relationship between man and contemporary power structures.
Florian Heinke is known for his radical black acrylic paintings that alternate between political polemics and transcen-dental beauty. Combining text and image using only black acrylic on untreated canvas, Heinke’s methods are unique and powerful.
Winter / Hörbelt question the role of sculpture in the interplay between an independent artwork and the domestic object. In their sculptures, the artists prefer to use everyday and industrially produced materials. These are removed from the actual use and transferred into other contexts, enabling the viewer to reflect upon the role and value of objects and commodities.
The overlap between his personal and academic background, has had a profound effect on the artistic practice of Khaled Barakeh. His works often include references to political issues, and tend to deal with current and pertinent concerns revolving around identity, cultural, and historical matters and power structures. Barakeh`s most recent projects represent a sensitive and intelligent engagement with an on-going violent conflict in Syria and reflect a life split between Syria and Germany, and in a broader sense between the West and the rest of the world.