BerlinRecently Seen and Admired
Isabelle Borges, Marta Djourina, Michael Johansson
If the daily radius of movement has recently become smaller and smaller in view of the ongoing lockdown, the desire for creative stimulation and new narratives is growing all the more…
For this very reason, our spring exhibition presents three international artists who recently aroused our curiosity and found their way onto our watch list.
We are very pleased to present the artists MICHAEL JOHANSSON (born 1975 in Trollhättan, Sweden; lives and works in Malmö and Berlin), MARTA DJOURINA (born 1991 in Sofia, Bulgaria; lives and works in Berlin) and ISABELLE BORGES (born 1966 in Salvador, Brazil; lives and works in Berlin) with their most recent work in our gallery!
Isabelle Borges finds inspiration for her latest series of abstract paintings, collages and installations in her photographic studies of nature. “One day, …, my gaze got caught on a ‘drawing’ created through the broken bughs of water plants standing in the middle of the lake (…)” (I.B.)
From the strategy of multiple foldings, reflections and rotations of internal forms, the artist creates “moving surfaces” that provide the framework for a condensed new pictorial space. The reference to the Neo-Concretists from Brazil cannot be overlooked, nor to the representatives of the European and New York Schools of the 1950s and 1960s.
Comparable to her models, Borges uses the playful tension between construction and dynamics for poetic narratives and opens up a space for the viewer’s individual moods and phantasies.
Following her studies in social sciences in Brasilia, Isabelle Borges took up liberal arts studies at the art academies in Rio de Janeiro and Düsseldorf. She has had several solo exhibitions in Europe and Brazil, including at the Brazilian Museum of Sculpture MUBE, São Paulo (2013) and the Museum of the Republic, Rio de Janeiro (2000). As part of the 14th International Curitiba Biennial, she recently occupied a large hall at the Museum Oscar Niemeyer, Curitiba (2019/2020). Her works are represented in numerous institutional and private collections in Brazil and Germany.
Michael Johansson uses objects or local conditions to explore the possibilities and limits of space. Thus he plays with his construction kits in the cavities of doorways, window arches, ladders or creates free-standing columns and cubes. Driven by the idea of condensing the world, suitcases, wool blankets, kitchen clocks, office cabinets or even caravans are composed in precisely stacked geometric forms and within an often uniform color palette. In this way, Johansson strips the objects of their functionality and establishes a relationship between our consumer society and the formal language of modernism.
At the same time, his design methods refer to the styles of Arte Povera or Minimal Art. “It’s a bit like a living organism; it changes all the time depending on what kind of work I am doing, and where in the process I am,” Johansson says. “(…) I have a large shelf that holds my inventory divided by colour, and I keep a lot of old things in labelled boxes. You never know what might come in handy…”
Michael Johansson graduated from the Malmö Academy of Art in 2005. His solo exhibitions and participations in numerous European countries, but also Australia, South Korea, Japan, Taiwan, USA and South America have already made him known worldwide. His works are represented in many international public collections. And Johansson realized numerous commissioned works in public spaces and buildings in Scandinavia and 2020 for the first time in Finland, at Rykmentinpuisto in Tuusula.
Marta Djourina is a young emerging artist whose mostly cameraless photography stages the medium of light in its various dimensions. In September 2021, the artist will present herself at the Berlinische Galerie on the occasion of the awarding of the Eberhard Roters Fellowship for Young Art 2020. Her artistic approach is honored as a “contemporary questioning(..) of surface and depth, (…) color, light and medium, (which) (…) are explored in an intelligent, playful and highly concentrated way.” In the process, the artist operates in the darkroom with the experiment of chance, time and space.
In a performative act, she folds the photographic paper, performs blind drawings with light, or incorporates everyday objects into the exposure process. “In this way, the hidden is given a photographic view, the ephemeral is fixed” (M.D.) Her “filtergrams” – as Marta Djourina herself calls her works – are all unique and range from medium format to monumental paper webs up to six meters high.
Marta Djourina first completed her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in art and visual history / cultural studies at HU Berlin (2012), followed by a master’s degree in art science and technology at TU Berlin (2014). Then she went to study art at UdK Berlin with professors Pia Fries, Christine Streuli and Gregory Cumins (graduated in 2018) and was at Glasgow School of Art for an exchange semester (2015). She has received numerous awards and scholarships such as the Eberhard Roters Scholarship (2020), the DAAD Graduation Scholarship (2018), the Karl Hofer Project Grant (2017), the IBB Prize for Photography (2016), etc.. In her first solo and group exhibitions she presented at Goethe Institut Sofia, Bulgaria (2019), CAN Neuchatel (2019), Christine König, Vienna, A (2018), Dorothea Konwiarz Stiftung, Berlin and Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin (2017) among others.
Courtesy of the artists and FeldbuschWiesnerRudolph, Berlin