This eclectic setting is deliberately staged and follows the formal aspects of the works shown in terms of content, putting them into dialogue. Niels “Shoe” Meulman, from Amsterdam, and Stohead, who lives in Berlin, originally hail from Graffiti culture and made their names internationally as artists who first mastered unconventional Writing before pushing the boundaries of calligraphy into the field of painting. The scripts dissolve both in completely different and unique ways in ephemeral clouds, disappear and become perceptible only in rudiments. Axel Anklam from Berlin and Katharina Trudzinski from Hamburg work as sculptors. Anklam, who was awarded the Berlin Academy of the Arts Prize in the field of sculpture in 2017, is looking for harmony between musical compositions and his steel and epoxy constructions. Trudzinski shows not only sculpture but also murals, which she assembles from wooden strips in bright primary colours. Jessica Buhlmann’s pictorial language knows both the bold and the muted colours and the round, as well as the partly rugged forms. Like the other four exhibiting artists, her paintings are also about finding form and balance. Buhlmann’s paintings sometimes seem to be influenced by the street, but they stand in an abstract academic tradition.
These independent and very different positions are placed in a dialogue of forms and a dialogue of colours at Schau Fenster. Coming from different corners and fields of the visual arts, they all have something to say to each other at the interfaces, finding their own answers to formally similar questions. This broadens the horizon of what can be displayed. Sometimes abstraction is needed to find a clear language. Shout Out Rhymes, Draw Clouds and Lines.