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ROCKELMANN & ABANDON ISOLATION
An international exhibition featuring new installations by Marnie Bettridge and Kathleen Vance
Vernissage: October 24, 2013 - 6-9pm
Exhibition: Oct. 25 - Dec. 20, 2013
As people continue to build and create artificial environments around them, they find themselves cut off from nature. The natural world becomes, in a sense, a luxury — a weekend to the country side, a rooftop garden, a day in the park. Other things have come to occupy the individual’s time and he or she no longer interacts as they once did with their natural surroundings; we’ve become desensitized and ignorant towards nature.
ROCKELMANN& is looking forward to re-exposing the viewer to the intricacies and beauty of nature.
The show “Abandon Isolation” will feature two land artists, Marnie Bettridge and Kathleen Vance. Both express a lonely connection to nature and feelings of loss and wonder. In their site specific installations they seek to recreate and call attention to the beauty in the detail, an invitation to take back a discarded world.
Marnie Bettridge is an American Artist working and living in the Gulf Coast of Florida. She finds inspiration in objects and materials that catch her eye, loosely incorporating them into her work. As the piece she works on begins to take form she experiences a certain apprehension of failure and becomes more demanding of the components. Having studied architecture her work upholds a solid form, yet there remains a certain fragility brought on by these anxieties. Also relevant in her work is the notion of beauty. Instead of looking for beauty, we see the imperfect - criticism and judgment often come first and foremost. Bettridge chooses to work with materials found and or created from the earth. She likes to encourage “circumnavigation, strange postures, and a certain feeling of getting away
with something”. Bettridge reminds us that value shifts with time, we mourn the forgotten, and need to find a peace with the fact that we will all become immaterial.
Also an American living and working in New York, Kathleen Vance grew up on a rural farm in Maryland which inspired a special connection to nature. Vance has travelled to numerous nature preserves in the United States developing an appreciation for the environment and finding that “In reducing the scale, the entirety…can be taken in all at once, enhancing an appreciation, while relating the fragility and the tenuous conditions…” The site-specific installation “Rogue Stream,” is a continuation of a series addressing “issues of water rights, conservation and the elemental need to protect our natural resources. This piece explores the concept of a ‘rogue stream’ one that has jumped its bank and chosen a new path.” Also accompanying the stream is a detailed drawing hinting at the warped perception of ownership of property, extending to water rights.
The show challenges you to abandon your isolation and reconnect with the environment on a unique conceptual level. Both artists will be present to further enrich the theme and presentation.
We welcome you to join us on Thursday, October 24, from 6 - 9pm. For questions or further information please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
*Press release available in German upon request
GRAND OPENING of ROCKELMANN& featuring “Pretending to have it all together truly is the greatest perversion”
An international exhibition co-curated by ROCKELMANN& Barbara Rüdiger
GRAND OPENING: September 5, 2013 6-9pm
Exhibition: September 6 - October 19, 2013
Book signing: September 7, 2013 6-9pm
ROCKELMANN& is a gallery for innovative contemporary art, whose focus lies in curated conceptual installations and new media productions. We are pleased to announce our Grand Opening on Thursday, September 5th. The show “Pretending to have it all together truly is the greatest perversion” will feature Florian Japp and Jeffrey Teuton - two international artists both gaining attention for their individual form and technique. The exhibition presents a unique opportunity to observe two analogous styles that communicate two very different messages of presence and emotion. The simple, minimalist aesthetics of both artists allow the works to play off the color and form present.
The ampersand (&) indicating and allowing the gallery to recognize its collaborators will be introducing Barbara Rüdiger as co-curator. She works and lives in Vienna and is known for her curated shows at a variety of museums including the MUMOK, Vienna, and the KIT Kunst im Tunnel, Düsseldorf.
Object and emotion have always been prevalent in society and one is often saturated with different interpretations and combinations of each. It is unique, however, that object and emotion are seen separate from one another in art.
Florian Japp, a Swiss artist based in Berlin, leaves all emotion out of his work yet seeks to instigate. Japp takes inspiration from the every day objects in the environment. It is human nature to want to identify one’s surroundings - to tack a name on to what is seen. Japp deliberately confronts and irritates the individual with his often fragmentary work. The objects are numbered instead of named and each piece is custom made. The viewer is left bemused, losing himself in the artist’s puzzle. The action of the pieces is restricted only to the imagination.
An American artist based in New York, Jeffrey Teuton’s conceptual paintings are a manifestation of his notebooks that fill up with the ideas, eras, words, stories and myths that he collects from his daily discoveries. Teuton’s work is very biographical and draws on his personal experiences and struggles. He uses abstract and minimal color block painting as a medium. “I use color and shape to tell stories and investigate the contemporary experience.” Each block of color is placed with or without disregard to the other, with each color representing an emotion—be it rage, hope, or sorrow.
Central to the exhibition is the viewer’s interaction and relation to the work. The individual’s perceptions and memories are unique to his or her own. It is the intention on behalf of both artists to evoke this exchange and conversation with their work.
We welcome you to join us for this special opening on Thursday, September 5th. A catalog will appear complimenting the show and is available with the option of limited editions by the artists. We will also be holding a a book signing on September 7th introducing the writings of Jeffrey Teuton. For questions or further information please contact us at email@example.com
Who’d a thought…the gallery is complete - the floors are in and the art is up!
Photos from the exclusive opening of INTRODUCTION.
Special Guests: CALVIN KLEIN — a performance trio consisting of Alexander Coggin, Michael Norton and Jessica Taylor. These three artists collaborate on the exploitation and exploration of traditional linear narrative, often weaving complex character and plot-driven stories with surrealist tones and concepts.
Signed limited editions of the invitation available by Sebastian Biskup. Only 60 left and it’s all luck of the draw!