A SIGHT TO BEHOLD, 2018 (Engl.)

New works by Sandra Vasquez de la Horra, Ruth Marten, Christoph Knecht
Jan C. Schlegel, Sven LützenkirchenRebecca Stevenson, Marcus Neufanger, Simon Schubert, Frans Roermond, Bernd Halbherrand selected historical works on loan from the collection of LETTER Stiftung, Cologne


The show looks at the human eye as an organ of perception, of looking, of exchanging looks, and of being looked at; a theme that encompasses voyeurism and introspection, the reflection in the mirror and the inward search of the soul. The wide variety of materials and techniques represented makes for a particularly vibrant show and creates an extraordinary field of tension as the works engage in a dialogue with each other and with the viewer.

Berlin-based, internationally exhibited and collected Chilean artist Sandra Vásquez de la Horra (*1967) is represented not only with her little ambiguous ceramic pieces with her most recent work: colored drawings on waxed paper. We also present the two latest sculptures by Londoner Rebecca Stevenson (*1971).

Made of wax and synthetic resin, the works are the result of the artist’s exploration of the theme of the show. Simon Schubert (*1976) is represented with a mirrored object and two new abstract pigment drawings, the first time color has appeared in the artists’ works on paper. 

Marcus Neufanger (*1964) gives the premiere showing of a large-format artist portrait drawing. Jan C. Schlegel (*1965) also explores the intensity of the portrait in his staggering back and white, gold-tinted photographs. Cologne artist Sven Lützenkirchen (*1975) shows large-format photographs from his mesmerizing ‚Iris’ series.

New Yorker Ruth Marten  (*1949), currently on show with a major retrospective at the Max Ernst Museum in nearby Brühl, has created two new works full of characteristic subtlety and humor especially for our exhibition. The mirror also plays a central role in the work of Bernd Halbherr (*1964) and the eye appears as a motif in the latest ceramic works of Christoph Knecht (*1983), a tiled table sculpture and vessels. Frans Roermond (*1967) rounds off the presentation with a painting that could almost be described as classical.

Our sincere thanks to all the artists for their active engagement in the realization of this exhibition, and a very special thanks to Bernd & Vera Ernsting for supporting us so generously with works on loan from their collection.


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