Focus on Abstraction

5 May 2017 – 14 Jun 2017

Event times

‘Colourtecture’ by Carlos Silva - Friday 5th to Wednesday 17th May
Venissage: Friday 5th May 18:00 - 21:00

‘Modern Lovers’ by Oliver Lanz - Friday 19th - Wednesday 31st May
Venissage: Friday 19th May 18:00 - 21:00

‘Obstacle’ by George Barber - Friday 2nd - Wednesday 14th June
Venissage: Friday 2nd June 18:00 - 21:00

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Abstract art will be the focus of the upcoming series of three exhibitions at the Milchhof Pavilion.


Carlos Silva (Columbian), Oliver Lanz (German) and George Barber (British) will each have a 12 day exhibition. The shows will cover painting and sculpture, in both classical and contemporary approaches, with the aim to develop a dialogue both between the three exhibitions and the audience. 

Carlos Silva will begin the series of exhibitions on 5th May with ‘Colourtecture.’ Silva will present his new series of paintings that are created using a modular system. The smallest module is about 50 x 50 cm. All of them have been painted with a 10cm-wide brush in order to create a chromatic building block within the painting. These can be attached to one another, to create the sense of an urban setting that is constantly changing its appearance due to differing colour combinations. The module itself goes along and across the gallery walls conforming to its immediate spatial environment. The rectangular geometry will be interrupted by two painted wheels mounted at either end of the room. The result is a chromatic experience that plays with perceptions of the digital and the analogue. Silva mainly works with ink and acrylic on paper. Geometry and classical rules of image composition are the artist’s key influences, but his actual brushstroke is always left to the interplay of chance and control, much like the ancient art of Calligraphy.

‘The Modern Lovers’ were a Boston based art rock, indie rock band. Oliver Lanz’s exhibition beginning on 19th May, is named after them. The artist will show his large format paintings for the first time. The works will stretch from floor to ceiling in the exhibition space and refer to his influence of music and sounds. The paintings are based on colour, light and free spaces, becoming autonomous visual worlds. Parallel to the abstract paintings will be selected sounds and songs from the vinyl archive of the artist. Lanz works mostly on large surfaces using glazed acrylic and oil paints, with additional silver colours and spray paint. His lively forms are motivated by comics, album covers or advertising visuals. He combines classical painting techniques with design principles of analogue and digital media. His artwork has been exhibited in galleries in Amsterdam, Berlin and New York as well as in the Museum Gegenstansfreier Kunst.

George Barber will end 'Focus on Abstraction' with his exhibition titled 'Obstacle', which opens on June 2nd. He will be presenting a sculpture only show for the first time. The work encompasses a varied and playful use of and combination of forms and materials in predominantly loud, flat and graphic colours. The sculptural works are a natural progression to his painting, which often breaks out of the mold of the classic canvas or paper formats into painted cut out shapes. He plays with ideas of mechanical processes and sequences, with often humorous references to the graphic and physical urban environment. An obstacle is something which is in your way and requires a certain amount of attention to negotiate. Calling something an obstacle has negative connotations, but the stopping and questioning process is also something healthy and important. 

Exhibiting artists

Oliver Lanz

George Barber

Carlos Silva


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