Two artists who have been following and “appreciating” the work of the other for a long time and who have never exhibited together, but who feel the desire to do so, meet publicly for the first time to present their works. In addition to recognition of and curiosity about the positions of the other, it is analogies and points of contact between one’s own and the other’s work that are to drive the artistic dialogue in the exhibition. else Gabriel was invited by Kunstverein Neukölln e.V. to choose a partner for the exhibition series “+eins” and chose Ralf Ziervogel for this, the second edition of the series.
image above: else Gabriel, „Einschulung“, 2018, Öl auf Leinwand, 40 x 40 cm, Foto: Künstlerin
else Gabriel was born in 1962 in Halberstadt, on the northern edge of the eastern Harz Mountains, under real socialist conditions on the territory of the GDR, and grew up there. The Torfhaus transmitter in the western Upper Harz region broadcast far enough behind the Iron Curtain that the drizzly reception of West German television broadcasts is still one of her elementary visual experiences today.
Ralf Ziervogel, born in 1978 in Clausthal-Zellerfeld in the West Harz, zonal edge of the capitalist Federal Republic, on the other hand, afforded himself the anti-cyclical decadence of following the two GDR television channels that vacillated between ponderous entertainment and ritualised propaganda.
Gabriel and Ziervogel first met in 1999 – as a sewing machine and umbrella on the dissecting table at the HfbK Hamburg. else was the professor there at the time, Ralf the undercover student who had just failed the aptitude test. Since then, they have had frequent dealings with each other, but hardly ever exhibited together.
Ralf Ziervogel soon produced huge drawings in which armies of angry creatures tangle into meandering arabesques seen from afar. With these, he was spotted in numerous museums and institutions all over the world. In the meantime, he has devoted himself – among other things – to the realisation of a cantilevered cube with an edge length of 100 x 100 x 100 m on the Tempelhofer Feld.
else Gabriel randomised herself more inconspicuously through the art world with photo performances on family life in changing times and spaces. Healed from a severe painting absorption resulting from the state-supporting horrors of official GDR painting since 2018, she is now predominantly occupied with a classic: oil paint on canvas.
What both of them are working on under the title “no connection” for the Neuköllner Kunstverein can be viewed from 30.09.
Vernissage: Friday, 30 September 2022, 7.00 p.m.
Exhibition dates: Saturday, 01 October – Sunday 13 November
Kunstverein Neukölln e.V.
Mainzer Straße 42
12053 Berlin – Neukölln