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.