LIQUID SOFT LIGHTNING TOUCH brings together work by seven artists: Markus Amm; Vanessa Baird; Shannon Bool; Myriam Holme; Olaf Quantius; Cornelia Schmidt-Bleek and Tam van Tran. There is no theme to the exhibition just an intriguing range of works by key international artists who are based in Europe and the USA.
Myriam Holme paints on sheets of aluminium. Shots of purple and swirls of green and lacquer build up a rough surface of colour. In wasserlose ländereien, electrical wire and strands of thread create jagged contours that curl across the aluminium creating the mood of a ravaged landscape.
Olaf Quantius’s vast canvas of a wooden hut, hints at desolation but the use of silver paint makes the image seductively beautiful. Markus Amm uses frottage to record the surface of his paintings, adding delicate layers of spray paint, adhesive tape and collage on to newsprint paper. These works are brittle with fragility. In gallery II, Shannon Bool has drawn directly on to the wall. Here the geometrical designs of the carpets that appear in Jan van Eyck’s Madonna of Canon van der Paele and Hans Memling’s The Mystic Marriage of St Catherine of Alexandria are juxtaposed. The angle of the drawing mirrors the original carpets and their use as a perspective device.
Vanessa Baird’s watercolour’s seem to express both longing and the fantastical: a woman lies beneath a tree, her hair wrapped and entwined in to its branches. Cornelia Schmidt-Bleek’s drawings were inspired by the voyages of Captain Cook in the late 18th century to Australia and New Zealand and the records and drawings made of the local floral and fauna. In his layered, collaged and stapled painting, Tam van Tran has used beetroot juice to create a rich explosion of colour and an intense density of painted activity.
Markus Amm (born Germany 1966, lives and works in Frankfurt) is currently on a Delfina Residency in London. Recent exhibitions include New Party, Breeder Projects, Athens; Formalismus, Kunstverein, Hamburg (2004); EAST International; Galerie Karin Guenther (2003) and Andrew Kreps Gallery, New York (2002).
Vanessa Baird (born Norway 1963, lives and works in Oslo). Recent shows include I see an angel, I think it is you, Galleri Wang, Oslo; In a Norwegian Forest, Zacheta National Gallery of Art, Warsaw (2004); The Expressions of Laughter, Museum of Contemporary Art, Oslo (2003); You can’t keep a good rabbit down, Galleri Wang, Oslo.
Shannon Bool (born Canada 1972, lives and works in Frankfurt a M) recent exhibitions include solo shows at Galerie Iris Kadel, Karlsruhe; Waxing the Sublime, Schnittraum, Cologne (2004) and Fresh and Upcoming, Frankfurter Kunstverein (2003). Recent group shows include Genealogies of Glamour, Migros Museum, Zurich; The Studio, Karin Guenther Nina Borgmann, Hamburg and The Savoy, Collective Gallery, Edinburgh (2004).
Myriam Holme (born Mannheim 1971, lives and works in Mannheim). Recent exhibitions include feuerumsonnt, Zink & Gegner Galerie, Munich; Deutschland sucht, Kunstverein Cologne (2004) and übersternte, Iris Kadel, Karlsruhe (2003).
Olaf Quantius (born 1973 Bad Godesberg, lives and works in Basel). Recent shows include Sterne und Warten, Galerie Iris Kadel, Karlsruhe (2005); Ottnang, French Institute, Stuttgart; Regionale Kunst Raum, Riehen, Basel (2004).
Cornelia Schmidt-Bleek (born USA 1964, lives and works in Berlin). Recent exhibitions include Non-Stop, RMIT Project Space, Melbourne; Galerie Kamm, Berlin; in erster Lini, Kunsthalle Fridericianum; Triennale Kleinplastik Fellback (2004); Die schwedische Bedrohung, Am Parlamentsplatz, Frankfurt a M.
Tam van Tran (born Vietnam 1966, lives and works in Los Angeles) Recent exhibitions include Vegetarian Summer, Cohan and Leslie, New York; Whitney Biennial, The Whitney Museum of American Art, NY; Topographies, San Francisco Art Institute, CA (2004). Upcoming exhibitions include Knoxville Museum of Art, TN and Weatherspoon Art Gallery, NC.