For Anne Neukamp’s first solo exhibition at the gallery, the artist presents an ensemble of new works that demand a closer look.
Though simple and minimal, in terms of form and composition, the paintings are rich in painting techniques and dense in contrasts and possible associations; there is a strange familiarity to them triggered by the collective visual language of communication we’re all submerged into. Neukamp refers to functional images from magazines, advertising, vintage stock images, logos or the Internet itself.
These elements, designed for efficiency, get transformed and emptied within the painting process and develop an own visual conclusiveness within the context of the pictorial concept. The final images offer at most fragmentary references, reducing the original statements or meanings to what one could call a homoeopathic dose.
Perception is put to the test, as the artist shifts between content and process, forcing the viewer to question ways of looking and understanding what is depicted.
The paintings emerge like visual traps, which assert a constant visual irritability; an inquiry about our viewing habits, to what is an illusion and what is concrete, to depth and flatness, a resistance to classification.
Anne Neukamp (b. 1976) lives and works in Berlin. Recent exhibitions include: tl;dr, Valentin Gallery, Paris, France; Circuit, Oldenburger Kunstverein, Oldenburg; Rezine, Galerija Gregor Podnar, Ljubljana, Slovenia; Wilhelm-Hack-Musem, Ludwigshafen Germany. Recent group exhibitions: Painting forever!, KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin ; Beyond the surface, KAI10 Arthena Foundation, Düsseldorf, Germany, Prague Biennale 5, Section Expanded Painting, Prague Secret Life of Abstract Forms, Hopstreet Gallery, Brussels, among others.