Anna Ehrenstein, Dennis Buck, Jack Burton and Marta Vovk / Curated by Anne Schwanz

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As much as the artists Anna Ehrenstein, Dennis Buck, Jack Burton and Marta Vovk differ in their artistic approach, there is one thing that unites them all: somehow they are all storytellers – whether it is actually through the format of storytelling, as in Ehrenstein, Burton and Vovk’s work, or precisely through the refusal of the narrative, as in Buck’s artistic practice. Through their own very personal, subjective way of seeing things and transforming their thoughts into art, all of them  raise our awareness to the big questions of life.

The works of Anna Ehrenstein are about her raising up between two cultures, about the women from her former homeland Albania, about self-presentation and the effects of digitalisation on our perception and our understanding of values. How do values change?, Who has influence?, What role do selfies play? – are therefore questions with which she deals in her artistic practice – as well as with the intersection of technology and migration.

Dennis Buck’s works are mainly based on monochrome surfaces and a very vivid coloration. He uses silicone to create letters, terms or numbers that refer directly to themselves in a very simple form – either, for example, to the artist, with name and telephone number or to the painting itself, with title and measurements. The narrative moment in his paintings is led adabsurdum, it is more an ironic refusal than a conceptual minimalism. With his very own artistic handwriting  and recognition, he questions the conventional gestures of authorship and plays with a very fresh view with the reflection of painting on itself.

While Ehrenstein chooses a more socio-critical approach and questions the relationship between „man“ and „object“, Jack Burton’s works are to be situated in a more socio-political context – his interest focuses on the relationship between „man“ and „state“. In his works he talks about our current social structures, and he reflects political events, economic phenomena and wealth structures with a very specific, critically view. These subject matters are often translated into a pop format, taking as its point of departure the signage and advertising we see in the places we live, via the mediums of painting and photography, and any technical work around the artist thinks of.

Migration and cultural differences also play an important role in the artistic practice of Marta Vovk. In her works, which are situated somewhere between painting and installation, she speaks in her very own, humorous way of topics that range from „Germany“ and „migration“ to „commercialization“ and „(brand) identity“. A German shepherd dog, a German flag, a Mercedes star, brand logos, manga figures – Vovk chooses powerful images and symbols to tell us stories that give us a little insight into her thought.

New Viewings, 2020. Installation, Dimensions variable

Anna Ehrenstein’s work complex „A Lotus Is A Lotus“ attempts to understand „affect“ and „society“ in the past and present by carefully studying and observing physical, virtual and material objects. Ehrenstein understands affect as the „stickiness“ of values, ideas and emotions circulating between objects. Inspired by this, she plays with new artistic techniques that she would have liked to try out earlier, but which was not possible due to barriers such as physical laws or the contemporary level of technology – such as breaking up the gallery floor and filling it with the sticky, green „affect material“. This re-created floor, the basis of the room, represents the basis of our way of dealing with objects. The broken up ground, the green, floating 3D shadow and the big purple 3D sculpture – Ehrensteins viewing room is an imaginary experiment about materialization of historical phenomena like orientalism, exotification and generalization.

New Viewings, 2020. Installation, Dimensions variable
New Viewings, 2020. Installation, Dimensions variable

Anna Ehrenstein
A Lotus is A Lotus No 26, 2018
Lenticular print mounted on Acryl framed
10 x 15 cm
Ed. of 3. 380 EUR incl. VAT

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Anna Ehrenstein
A Lotus is A Lotus No 24, 2018
Lenticular print mounted on Acryl framed
10 x 15 cm
Ed. of 3. 380 EUR incl. VAT

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Anna Ehrenstein
A Lotus is A Lotus No 25, 2018
Lenticular print mounted on Acryl framed
10 x 15 cm
Ed. of 3. 380 EUR incl. VAT

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Anna Ehrenstein
A Lotus is A Lotus IIII, 2019
Hand made lenticular prints mounted on dibond
64,5 x 45,5 cm
Ed. of 3. 1500 EUR incl. VAT

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The floor installation “New Times (Monday through Sunday)” of Dennis Buck plays with the idea that artists are normal „businesses“. But whereas businesses usually have fixed opening hours, artists often work around the clock, „Monday through Sunday“. This of course also fits the current situation: a lot of things have now been moved to the digital world and, as we all know, the internet is also „open“ monday through sunday – just like this exhibition.

New Times, 2020. Foam. Dimensions variable
New Times, 2020. Foam. Dimensions variable
New Times, 2020. Foam. Dimensions variable

Dennis Buck
L’Amour Toujours. From the series: Karaoke Series, 2019
Silicon, soft PVC, foam on plexiglass
60 x 40 cm
2000 EUR incl. VAT

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Dennis Buck
Here’s a Logo, 2019
Silicon, soft PVC adhesive on plastic
200 x 140 cm
9.000 EUR incl. VAT

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Dennis Buck
Dennis Hopper, 2018
In der Sonne gebleichte Baumwolle
200 x 120 cm
9.000 EUR incl. VAT

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Dennis Buck
By Popular Demand, 2019
Sun-bleached cotton
200 x 130 cm
9.000 EUR incl. VAT

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Jack Burton presents us with a relationship between two bodies. The first body is that of the planet Europa, which we might read as a platonic ideal of Europe, living in the heavens. The second body is that of an earth bound rock we could see as an incarnation of the European Project in reality; weathered, beaten, but still marked with the sign of peace and advertising its hospitality. The planet looks lovingly at the rock, which smokes, and keeps going, lighting the way.
In all the work there is a play between the fragility of hope and the effort to overcome destruction and disunity. Jack Burton’s work uses ideas from Economics, Historical reference points, and the European Project in particular, as subject matters.

New Viewings, 2020. Installation view, dimensions variable
New Viewings, 2020. Installation view, dimensions variable

Jack Burton
Hotel Europa, 2019
Oil paint and jezmonite on aluminium, custom frame
framed 50 x 35 cm
3.700 EUR incl. VAT

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Jack Burton
Open Late, 2020
Oil paint, resin, archival pigment print, on board
47 x 35 cm
3.600 EUR incl. VAT

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Jack Burton
Young Painter, 2020
Archival pigment print
30 x 45 cm
Ed. 3+1AP. 750 EUR incl. VAT

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Jack Burton
Europa Rock, 2020
Archival Pigment Print
40 x 30 cm
750 EUR incl. VAT

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Powerful Daily Affirmations, 2020. Text and Spray Paint

In Vovk’s Viewing Room „Powerful Daily Affirmations“ we see her painting „carpe diem“ which is part of her „tabooed hobby art material“ series. In this work, Vovk counteracts the established, elitist „painting ethos“ by using Window Color. In the text installation „Powerful Daily Affirmations“, Vovk playfully responds to all the positive affirmations that we constantly encounter on the internet and which fill numerous „self-help“ bookshelves. Instead of the regular positive life-affirming, self-improvement version we’re used to, we are now confronted with self-criticism and self-hate statements, which are often deeply integrated in many peoples thinking patterns. The wall installation „B for Business“ is to be understood like a large drawing, where the individual components and parts can be moved as required. In this way, the entire installation – and thus also the course of the whole story – can be retold over and over again.

Powerful Daily Affirmations, 2020. Text and Spray Paint
Powerful Daily Affirmations, 2020. Text and Spray Paint

Marta Vovk
UNTITLED (Business) 6*, 2019
Lacquer on pinewood
120 x 92 cm
2.200 EUR excl. VAT

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Marta Vovk
carpe diem*, 2020
Mixed media on cotton
80 x 60 cm
2.000 EUR incl. VAT

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Marta Vovk
MNST*, 2018
Lacquer on pinewood
240 x 100 cm
4.800 EUR excl. VAT

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Marta Vovk
UNTITLED (Business) 7*, 2019
Lacquer on pinewood
129 x 100 cm
2.300 EUR excl. VAT

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