Jochen Mühlenbrink – Rohstoff

from Saturday, March 19th, 2011 to Saturday, April 23rd, 2011

Rohstoff
19 March – 23 April 2011

 

 

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Rohstoff - Press release

Holz, verpackt 2010, oil on wood, 24 x 26 cm.

Schwarz, verpackt 2010, oil on screenprint, 31 x 33 cm.

Fenster 2011 150 x 110 cm. oil on canvas

Sockel, Oil on wood, 120 x 35 x 35 cm

Fenster I,(auf pappe) 2011 150 x 110 cm. oil on canvas

Rohstoff (Triptychon), 2011 Oil on canvas, 220 x 238 cm

Holz, verpackt 2010, oil on wood, 24 x 26 cm.

Schwarz, verpackt 2010, oil on screenprint, 31 x 33 cm.

Fenster 2011 150 x 110 cm. oil on canvas

Sockel, Oil on wood, 120 x 35 x 35 cm

Fenster I,(auf pappe) 2011 150 x 110 cm. oil on canvas

Rohstoff (Triptychon), 2011 Oil on canvas, 220 x 238 cm

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Rohstoff

Aschenbach & Hofland Galleries is proud to present the first solo exhibition of works by Jochen Mühlenbrink (1980, Freiburg) in the gallery. The exhibition will provide a comprehensive catalogue with works from the exhibition, alongside a text written by German writer Patrick Sebastian Schmidt.

Mühlenbrink is known for his figurative paintings of everyday objects and situations, in which disasters, accidents or the threat of emergency occur. Amongst others, his paintings of snow-covered towns and houses are renowned in the Netherlands. The traditions of his artwork have evolved from the dry and quiet realism of Edward Hopper, later reinterpreted by painters such as Eric Fischl. Rather than focussing on hidden symbolism or painting stories, Mühlenbrink utilises elements of minimalism and surrealism to paint our perception of modern times. Both the perception of time as well as pictorial themes are important subject matters for Mühlenbrink.

In his new conceptual series ROHSTOFF, Mühlenbrink’s trompe-l’oeils play a subtle game with art history and painting culture in particular. What happens if you turn a painting around, away from the prepared canvas and thus the subject? What we see are a series of paintings from behind – we see the stretchers and staples at the edge of the canvas. Shadows are cast over the wooden frame and stretched canvas. Also light falls on the canvas and mixes with this man made, illusion of shadow. An illusion on an illusion.
Another series of paintings is focussed on pieces of cardboard, joined at the edges by ersatz, trompe-l’oeil tape. This series flirts with modernist minimal art by focussing on the monochrome gaps between the tape and the tape itself (also an important tool in minimal art). Finally, there’s a series of sculptures and painted cardboard boxes that are taped shut. Post packages, sent around the world – a series harking back to Christo and the legacy of surrealism.

Jochen Mühlenbrink graduated from the Kunstacademie in Dusseldorf in 2007 with Professor Markus Lűpertz. In 2010 he won the Főrderpreis fűr Malerei der OEVO, and in 2009 a retrospective of his work was exhibited at Kunstverein Heppenheim.

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