Exhibition

carte blanche | Matthias Moravek & Johannes Weiß

9 Aug 2019 – 7 Sep 2019

Event times

Thu. – Fri. 3 – 7 pm, Sat. 2 – 7 pm
and on appointment

Cost of entry

free

Galerie Axel Obiger

Berlin
Berlin, Germany

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​In the first exhibition after the summer break, the Berlin painter Matthias Moravek and the Berlin sculptor Johannes Weiß are playing a game of ping-pong.

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In a playful way, they juggle with colored and white forms and surfaces. At the same time, both artistic positions share a formal precision that leads to a clear visual language.

While Moravek works with seemingly sculptural pictorial elements and sometimes explicitly turns modernist sculptures into motifs, Johannes Weiß's sculptures often contain a direct reference to the medium of painting due to the way they are colored - in the form of running traces of painting.
The contrasting handling of white surfaces and bodies in both positions outlines and defines what is shown and locates the works between positive and negative, presence and absence. In the exhibition, an exciting dialogue is created between painting and sculpture, revealing the correlation between color and form in a playful way.

In his paintings Matthias Moravek works on a reification of the abstract. His works are strongly based on color and always oscillate between a clear pictorial formulation of motifs and their enigma. Moravek makes the various layers of the working process visible, right down to the primed canvas, so that the works virtually carry their own index within them. Through the simultaneity of perception, the time span of their creation is condensed to a single moment.
In his work, Moravek refers to a large pool of visual material, ranging from digital imagery to scientific dioramas and landscape depictions that go back deep into the history of art.
Matthias Moravek has been an artist with Axel Obiger since 2017.

With Johannes Weiß, the white pedestal separates from the colored sculpture. He develops his own formal language, borrowing from concrete art, geometric abstraction and a modernist formal vocabulary.
The titles of the works open up an almost poetic associative space for each work, still enabling the viewer's own perception. The sculptural-architectural processing of the pedestals make them an integral part of the works. Through this handling of sculpture and pedestal, Johannes Weiß elegantly solves one of the fundamental questions of sculpture since modern times.

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Exhibiting artists

Matthias Moravek

Johannes Weiß

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