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Raum und Rhythmus. (Rooms and Rythm) Two artistic perspectives on material and spaces: Zora Janković and Zuzanna Skiba – SCOTTY | 13.05. – 17.06.2023

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From 13 May 2023 (vernissage 12.05.), the SCOTTY project space will present the exhibition with two artistic positions on space and material Raum und Rhythmus by the artists Zora Janković and Zuzanna Skiba, curated by Karen Linnenkohl.

Img. above: ©Zora Jankovic ARCHITEKTON 4, concrete steel, 38 x 100 x 83 cm, 2016

We are all constantly moving. In order to achieve something, we have to take action. Action is always associated with setting, placing, laying. A material is taken, used or deformed and changed until it meets the requirements of our understanding of order and has found its place, its space. With the order comes habits – you “live” in the created spaces and adjust to your habits. When habits and traditions become too constrictive, one tends to look for a way out, an escape. It is therefore important to plan for interruptions and openness; it is important to give rooms a good rhythm.

Taking place in the artist-run-space SCOTTY, the exhibition shows the striking ways in which Berlin-based artists Zuzanna Skiba and Zora Janković have arranged their respective material into surprising and rhythmic spaces.
The large drawing by Zuzanna Skiba is particularly striking in terms of rhythm. Small, parallel strokes result in thickened drawings, which, in their manifold whorls and loops, evoke spaces that seem to reach out rhythmically into the third dimension. If they end surprisingly at one point on the page, it is only to continue ad infinitum at another. Born in Poland, Skiba (b.1968) studied drawing and painting in Bielefeld, Groningen (NL) and at the UdK Berlin. However, she owes the hatching, with which she uses small strokes to create a painterly flow of utopian spaces, to earlier training as a cartographer. Such stroke sequences are used when drawing maps in order to be able to distinguish between mountains and flat terrain. Skiba has captured spatial conditions from a bird’s-eye view and transferred to her artistic work.

Zora Janković (b. 1978), who comes from Slovenia and trained as a sculptor in Venice, Rome and at the KHB Weißensee in Berlin, takes up the rhythm used to alienate the premises with the magical spatial situation of her small black-and-white photograph. In the small photo one recognises again and again new spatial situations in shades of black, white and gray without being able to make out an actual spatial proportion. Her two exhibited sculptures, which come from the Architect series (2015-2017), are also composed of rhythmic volumes. These are concrete sculptures in which cubic bodies are joined together or on top of one another, and their special feature is their cracked surface structure. It gives the sculpture openness and thus its very own rhythm.


Oranienstrasse 46
10969 Berlin-Kreuzberg

U-Bahnhof/subway station  Moritzplatz


Opening : Friday, 12. May 2023, from 7pm

Exhibition dates : Saturday, 13. May – Saturday, 17. June 2023

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