Space Oddity // Liebscher & Kersting

“Space Oddity” – are strange spaces coming into existence or are space and landscape dissolving? Constructions connect with the landscape. Landscape winds its way through constructions. Light appropriates empty spaces. Spaces arise and disintegrate at the same time. These spatial peculiarities can be found in the works of both Dorothee Liebscher and Johannes Kersting. The two artists seemingly assemble contradictory elements in their pictorial worlds that they then allow to interact with each other.

The young Leipzig painter Dorothee Liebscher captivates her audience with light-flooded but deserted, sometimes large-format canvas tableaus that veer between landscape and architectural arrangements. Vanishing points in these imaginary pictorial worlds reference glimpses of more distant landscapes or into broken-up undergrounds; the interweaving of different levels creates an irritating “Space Oddity.”

Johannes Kersting from Nuremberg constructs perspective boxes and paints auratic illusions of space and landscape. Some picture series refer to the aesthetics of American architecture and urbanity. Kersting’s illusionary spaces are always devoid of people, but with a clear allusion to their apparent presence. The nocturnal framing, the almost dazzling glow through the windows of the houses or the complete detachment of the backdrop-like scenario generate a mysterious atmosphere – here, too, an almost mystical “Space Oddity” is formed.

Saturday, June 12, 2021, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Duration of the exhibition:
June 12 –  September 05, 2021

Opening hours until the end of August:
Wednesday – Friday 11 a.m. – 6.00 p.m.
Saturday only by appointment