Galerie Heike Strelow, Frankfurt / Main
For the 15th edition of Volta Basel, Galerie Heike Strelow will put together a curated showcase aiming at creating am aesthetical dialogue between works of different mediums like, painting, sculpture and installation and a content-based dialogue between historical and contemporary topics relevant for the current developments in art and society. Our presentation will include works of seven internationally established artists of different generations: the German sculpture and installation duo Winter / Hoerbelt, the Venezuelan neo-figurative and neo-expressionist painter Starsky Brines, the British conceptual realist painter John Stark, the Spanish conceptual multi media artist Irene Grau, the British conceptual painter and sculptor Jonny Green, the young German abstract expressionist sculpturer Emilia Neumann and the British painter Zavier Ellis. Their works reflect through different mediums on the human condition in the post digital world, raising questions about the relationship between man and contemporary structures.
Winter / Hoerbelt (DE) are known for their site-specific, mostly walk-in objects and large installations in public space. Their work has been shown among others at the Venice Biennial, the Skulptur Projekte Münster, the Yokohama Triennale and the Biennale of Liverpool and they realized over 80 works in the public space.
Starsky Brines (VE) paintings oscillating between figuration and abstraction are influenced by the recent Venezuelan social development and art historically by Latin American figurative art, the German neo-expressionism, the Italian Transavantgarde, and the COBRA group.
Zavier Ellis (UK) combines the use of text with painterly, collage, assemblage and photographic techniques. Language is employed to obfuscate and open new possibilities. The content draws on various intellectual interests, including historical events; revolutionary politics; nationalism; art history; myth, religion; and insanity.
John Stark’s (UK) paintings are laden with symbolic and mythological allusions drawing heavily on the dreamlike and archetypal, where Stark deploys universal motifs in combinations that are unique only to him.
Irene Grau’s (ES) methodology focuses on colour as a transforming agent of the space and its perception. Her work focuses on the analysis of a space intervened in situ and its transformation through colour, all of which is intermixed following the traditions of the radical monochrome painting, mural painting, performative processes and the landscape.
Jonny Green’s (UK) latest series of paintings take the absurdity, overblown theatricality and comedy of late Baroque and Rococo art. There is a looseness and freedom in the skillful handling of oil paint in these new works that has echoes of both Rubens and Tiepolo, while never succumbing to any kind of nostalgia, history is treated here as a treasure chest, both playfully plundered and admired.
Emilia Neumann (DE) explores in her sculptural installations, the dialectical versatility of her material: For her plaster cast sculptures she uses self-made forms and the shape of found objects. Her working processes consists of mixing paint with plaster and the treatment of the plaster surface by polishing, rubbing, grinding, which not only achieves an aesthetically impressive result: plaster suddenly shines like high-quality marble.