Venske & Spänle – »Pool Party«

Venske & Spänle – »Pool Party«

It will probably be the party of the year! At the very least it will be the party with the most unusual guests: “Smörfs,” “Gumpfots,” Myzots” and all sorts of seemingly organic entities by Venske & Spänle will be attending the Munich artist duo’s ‘Pool Party.” The amorphous sculptures made of Laas marble, one of the world’s hardest and whitest types of marble, make a striking appearance due to their virtually human features. Venske & Spänle—masters of stone sculpture—bring each and every one of their artworks to life with their labor-intensive carving, sanding and polishing, transforming the cold marble into something astonishingly vital, flowing and growing. The perfectly formed and polished abstract forms triumph over the surroundings with their seemingly intrinsic movement and thus enter into an interesting dialogue with the space and ultimately the viewer.
The works of Venske & Spänle can be found around the world and make their presence felt in urban and representative spaces such as museums as well as in remote landscapes or locations like the Sahara Desert or a boat on the Congo River. The exhibition takes you on a journey through the cosmos of Venske & Spänle and the numerous encounters between their sculptures and people around the world. You are invited to our gallery to discover and become acquainted with the new “Smörfs,” “Gumpfotes” and “Helotrophes” by Julia Venske and Gregor Spänle.

Maribel Mas – Drawings

Parallel to our main exhibition “Pool Party” featuring sculptures by Venske & Spänle, we are presenting fine drawings and prints by the Venezuelan artist Maribel Mas (born 1967, Caracas) in our OUT-LOOK space. Making use of paper stencils, she draws hatched lines that are then made to vibrate like the strings of a musical instrument. Serial music’s repetitiveness has indeed had a remarkable influence on Mas’s work, especially the minimalist compositions of a Steve Reich and the pursuit of “phase music” in which identical sound phases gradually shift out of unison with each other due to minimal tempo differences. The artist employs a similar approach to explore the possibilities of “phase drawing”, for which she uses the simplest of materials: hand-made Japanese paper and ink. Her drawings and prints made by using this technique invite the view to contemplate on the diversity and volatility of things—or likewise opens up a possibility space in which sight can freely play with the lines.

Wednesday, May 22, 2019, 7.p.m.

Opening remarks:
Dr. Martin Hellmold, art historian

Duration of the exhibition:
May 23 – August 17, 2019

Opening hours:
Wednesday – Friday 10 a.m. – 6.30 p.m.
Saturday 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Or by appointment