Face up

Peter Feiler l Sebastian Gögel l Ragnar Kjartansson l
Ricardo Lanzarini l Sigga Bjorg Sigurdardóttir l
Gabriel Acevedo Velarde

Drawings and video
July 12 - August 25, 2007
Opening reception: Thursday, July 12, 2007, from 6 – 9pm

Galerie Adler welcomes you to creep into the dark imaginary worlds of Peter Feiler, Sebastian Gögel, Ragnar Kjartansson, Ricardo Lanzarini, Sigga Sigurdardottir and Gabriel Acevedo Velarde. The group exhibition Face Up will include curiously tense figurative drawings in different mediums and an animation.

Face Up features the dark twisting universes and characters created by each artist. Somehow the pieces have a strange replication to our own world with the ideologies of self-centered beings, like in Sebastian Gögel’s work, to the provocative self-destructing figures in Peter Feiler’s drawings. On the other hand, Ragnar Kjartansson displays the human figure in a delicate yet grotesque manner.

Ricardo Lanzarini’s ink drawings are composed of crowds of tiny figures: frantic little men dressed in extravagant attire swarm around the white page like a colony of industrious insects. Upon slinking into the nightmarish scenes in the gallery space, one might also find a lighter and playful side to the pieces. With Sigga Sigurdardottir’s drawings of ambiguously disturbing characters there still lingers some sort of childish charm and humor to them by the mischievous palette the artist chose that mimics the comic world.

Gabriel Acevedo Velarde’s animation video is refreshingly different. Acevedo’s distinctive figures tell the artist’s own parables of society and the human condition.

Though there are many different languages of drawing within the show through each artist, there is a direct and interesting dialogue that happens between the pieces. The exhibition is reminiscent of today’s world reflected in a contradictory, grim, and brutal mirror. A couple of questions arise: is this truly that far off from our own reality? Or, perhaps, is this exhibition just a display of a humorously dark fantasy?

For further information please contact Bettina Kames, director.

Peter Feiler
*1981, Halle an der Saale
lives and works in Berlin

since 2002 Universität der Künste, Berlin with prfoessors
                Wolfgang Petrick, Daniel Richter and Valérie Favre
since 2006 Meisterschüler bei Valérie Favre


Sebastian Gögel
*1978 Sonneberg/Thüringen, Deutschland
lives and works in Leipzig

1997 - 02    Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst, Leipzig,
                  Studium der Malerei/Grafik
seit 2002     Assistent an der Abendakademie der HGB
2002 - 05    Meisterschüler bei Prof. S. Gille
Seit 2005     Projektbezogene Zusammenarbeit mit Paule 
                  Hammer  (*1975 Leipzig)

Ragnar Kjartansson
*1976 Reykjavík, IS
lives and works in Reykjavík

1997-2001 The Islandic Academy of the Arts
2000         The Royal Academy, Stockholm, Schweden
Ricardo Lanzarini
*1963 Montevideo, Uruguay

1988-1996 Escuela Nacional de Bellas Artes Institute

Courtesy of Josée Bienvenue Gallery.

Sigga Bjorg Sigurdardóttir
*1977, Reykjavik, Island
lives and works in Glasgow and Reykjavik

2002-2004 MFA, Glasgow School of Art, Glasgow, Schottland
1997-2001 BA Fine Art, Icelandic Academy of Art and Design, Island


Gabriel Acevedo Velarde
*1976, Lima, Peru
lives and works in Mexiko City and Sao Paolo

1997 Facultad de Artes (School of Fine Arts), Pontificia
Católica del Perú, Lima, Peru       
1998 Instituto Gaudí, Photography Department, Lima, Peru
2003 BA Fine ARts, Licenciatura en Artes Plásticas, Universidad de
Américas Puebla, Mexico



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