Exhibition

Collage #1 - IMPRINT - David Woodward and Ingrid Bittart

2 Oct 2015 – 17 Oct 2015

Event times

Duration: 2 October - 17 October, 2015
Hours: Wed-Sat 14.00-19.00

Cost of entry

Free

SomoS

Berlin, Germany

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  • U8 Schoenleinstrasse

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“Imprint” presents the work of two young collage artists, David Woodward (Canada) and SomoS Summer 2015 Artist in Residence Ingrid Bittar (Brazil). The presentation traces how the artist's inventive use of heritage and history, nostalgia and retromania allow for very current and relevant work.

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Indexing the weight of cumulative history, the “Imprint” collage exhibition is the first of a new series at SomoS charting innovations in this technique. It presents international artists who explore new dimensions and expand the medium’s possibilities and associations.

“Imprint” presents the work of two young collage artists, David Woodward (Canada) and SomoS Summer 2015 Artist in Residence Ingrid Bittar (Brazil). The presentation traces how the artist's inventive use of heritage and history, nostalgia and retromania allow for very current and relevant work.

Apart from sharing formal similarities and a joint interest in employing crafting techniques, both artists also unites an unique ability to make subversive and imaginative use of public historic and vintage imagery to create very personal and intimate narratives.

History and heritage and the givens of this world may press their imprint on us, but it is within our options -especially in an era marked by Retromania and Ghostisms- to press back, wipe or change their impression. And while we are used to attempts at "talking back" by digital means, "Imprint" aims to show that also analog can talk back just as articulately.

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Participants:

 

David Woodward

Extending the received collective consciousness of our dictionary of life with queer interventions and conceptual re-imaginings, David Woodward uses vintage source material for a very contemporary discourse. Indexing the found imagery that illustrate and symbolize the givens of this world, Woodward adds his own objects of importance to this collage mix, completing and subverting official narratives with personal, poetic and sly recombinations.

http://www.davidwoodward.ca/

 

Ingrid Bittar

Ingrid Bittar’s detailed figurative collage work reflect on the formation of identity, and the things that happen inside a home. An longtime obsessive collector of old books and magazines, Bittar employs imagery from the worlds of three generations: children, parents and grandparents. A cumulative, sometimes almost literally top-heavy crushing sense of heritage is a recurrent part of the baroque narrative of the artist’s collages.

Also presented are Bittar's "Mappings," new crafty works which visually trace the lineage of her collages.

http://www.ibbritta.com/

Hours: Wednesday - Saturday, 2-7pm, and by appointment

http://www.somos-arts.org/collage-1-imprint/

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"Imprint” ist die erste Ausstellung in einer Reihe, welche Künstler vorstellt, die neue, überraschende Möglichkeiten des Mediums Collage erkunden. Zwei junge Künstler, David Woodward (Kanada) und Ingrid Bittar (SomoS Sommer 2015 “Artist in Residence,” Brasilien), wirken innerhalb “Imprint” “der Last der Geschichte” innovativ entgegen. Überlieferung und Retromania werden hier auf zeitgenössische Art kritisch aber auch poetisch neuinterpretiert. Neben eindeutigen formellen Gemeinsamkeiten und einem Interesse in Crafting, eint beide Künstler das Vermögen, aus bekannten, öffentlichen Vorlagen sehr persönliche Narrativen zu entwickeln. Geschichte und Vergangenheit können ihren Stempel auf uns hinterlassen, es liegt aber in unseren Möglichkeiten, diesem Einwirken etwas entgegenzustellen - überlieferte Lesarten und Normen zu hinterfragen. Und während dies heutzutage (wenn überhaupt) eher mit digitalen Mitteln geschieht, rückt “Imprint” das Potential des Unmittelbaren, des Analogen in den Vordergrund; ein Potential das innerhalb der Collage politisches und persönliches einzigartig verbindet.

Curators

SomoS

Exhibiting artists

Ingrid Bittar

David Woodward

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