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⤷ PiB Guide Nº55 JULY/AUG 2024

Group Exhibition

»naturstrukturabstrakt«

Martin Anders, Thomas Anschütz, Manuela Höfer, Michaela Maria Langenstein, Nadine Poulain, Werner Prinz

Curated by Dr. Christiane Stahl, director Alfred Ehrhardt Stiftung

The exhibition brings together works that push the possibilities of abstraction in photography to their extreme. Works by both well-known artists and completely unknown photographers are linked together via their generating of highly graphic or painterly forms from nature. As varied as the photographers’ approaches are to their respective subject matter, the works in the exhibition »naturstrukturabstrakt« have one thing in common: in the peripheral zone of abstraction, the original subject can only be conjectured.

Natural structures are especially intriguing when processes of abstraction in photography obscure the subject beyond recognition. Image elements, at times playfully transformed into novel artistic creations, confound the senses and give rise to new associations. Shifts in proportion and image elements take on a life of their own. Above turns into below, small becomes large, lines turn into characters, and patterns become symbols. The representation of reality is taken to extremes, reality is questioned, and viewing habits are challenged.

Thomas Anschütz strips color information away from various things using the computer, robbing them of their dimensionality. Nadine Poulain employs complex technical processes to create digital abstractions of natural phenomena. Martin Anders examines craquelures up close in an attempt to discover graphical qualities. Werner Prinz creates figures and symbols from light reflections on the surface of water. Manuela Höfer and Michaela Maria Langenstein work with plants in the darkroom to make abstract photograms but also create organic structures recalling primeval plant or animal forms from only light and chemistry.

Martin Anders, natura picta, 2017 /18, Pigmentprint auf Canson Rag Photographique 310, 35 × 28 cm © Martin Anders
Nadine Poulain, Hikari 5, 2015 / C-Type Print on Fuji Crystal Archive Paper, 0,3 cm Alucobond, Edition 1/5, 86 × 104,5 cm © Nadine Poulain
Thomas Anschütz, YUKJ-ONNA, 2013, Pigmentierte Tinte auf Büttenpapier, 60 × 80 cm © Thomas Anschütz
Michaela Maria Langenstein, Ohne Titel, 2011, Silbergelatineprint, 20,1 × 30 cm © Michaela Maria Langenstein
Manuela Höfer, Pflanzen Komposition, 2013, Fotogramm auf SW Barytpapier, gelber Toner, Unikat, 50 × 40 cm © Manuela Höfer
Werner Prinz, Die Woge, 2018, Inkjetprint © Werner Prinz

Framework program

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All events will be held in German, admission free. Please register for each event in advance via e-mail.

Thursday, Aug 11, 2022, 6 pm
Guided Tour
With the artist Manuela Höfer & Dr. Christiane Stahl, Director Alfred Ehrhardt Stiftung. Held in German.

Thursday, Sep 1, 2022, 6 pm
Guided Tour
With the artists Thomas Anschütz, Nadine Poulain & Dr. Christiane Stahl, Director Alfred Ehrhardt Stiftung. Held in German.

Alfred Ehrhardt Stiftung / Alfred Ehrhardt Foundation Berlin

July 23 — Sep 11, 2022
Opening Reception: Friday, July 22, 7 – 9 pm
+ Framework program: please see above

Auguststraße 75, 10117 Berlin
[District: Mitte | Borough: Mitte]

Opening hours: Tue – Sun 11 am – 6 pm

Admission free | Barrier-free access

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