Black and white meets color, abstraction on figuration, painting on sculpture and Hideaki Yamanobe on Douglas Witmer, Yoshio Ogawa, Ji Eun Lee, Takashi Hosokawa, Graphic Surgery, Sergio Femar, Fault Lines & Nicolò Baraggioli
Hideaki Yamanobe (* 1964 in Tokyo, lives and works for over 20 years in Cologne, Dusseldorf and Tokyo) is a crossover between East Asian and European culture. His interest in media and art forms apart from painting - especially his fascination for classical contemporary music, one of his constant sources of inspiration - is expressed in ever new projects. Examples are his collaborations with the German star conductor and composer Matthias Pintscher (2017 series and exhibition / concert at the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg) as well as his new, fourth overall solo exhibition at Galerie Biesenbach, Snow Monkey.
Yamanobe's new paintings and drawings are not inspired by the work of the eight invited Snow Monkey artists. Rather, the "guests" were selected to deliberately create contrasting dialogues. The juxtaposition of the works, which could not be more different, creates a tension between opposites, but also reveals unexpected parallels between the individual artists.
As a result, the exhibition will also present figurative art alongside Yamanobe's primarily abstract painting - in which, however, object-like elements are constantly flashing up. Being mostly black, white or blending gray as a color space is contrasted with brightly colored Plexiglas objects and oil paintings as well as similar monochrome works. Especially due to the recurring structures in Hideaki Yamanobe's paintings - cloud-like textures, hard, cut-like lines in the surface of the paint or even color layers reminiscent of air bubbles - many parallels can be drawn to the works of the other artists: geometric-abstract assemblages, collages and textile work set accents and are in dialogue with Yamanobe's paintings.