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Exhibition

Shifting Surfaces
Shifting Surfaces
Shifting Surfaces
Shifting Surfaces
Shifting Surfaces
Shifting Surfaces
Harald Kröner, Iris Schomaker, Jiechang Yang
Shifting Surfaces
15.02. - 27.04.2024
Opening: 15/02/2024, 7 p.m. with Harald Kröner, Iris Schomaker and Yang Jiechang

"Shifting Surfaces" presents contemporary works on and with paper. The group exhibition at Bernhard Knaus Fine Art contextualises new works by three artists: collages by Harald Kröner, paintings by Iris Schomaker and ink drawings by Yang Jiechang.

Light, thin, delicate - the medium paper is often associated with terms that only emphasise its fragility in one way. Yet it is worth taking a more complex look at works on and made of paper. As soon as one engages with the nature of such works with all senses, one begins to understand their complexity. This openness in the observation of art ultimately throws ones gaze back on oneself in the role of the observer. The question at the core of this exhibition is therefore: What can paper show?

Yang Jiechang works with ink on paper in various styles. The artist’s motifs stem from Chinese calligraphy, but are deconstructed in the process. Yang then finds unexpected forms of expression for dealing with ancient tradition. The drawings in Harald Kröner's Familienbande, presented for the first time, show their development in the form of overlapping layers of material and colour. They are deliberately grouped into small families as multi-part "narratives" in abstract space. Iris Schomaker's large-format landscapes on paper depict magical-realistic scenes. Familiar silhouettes flow together with carefully measured dreaminess and painterly precision giving them an air of mystery impossible to solve.

In the works of these three positions, light meets darkness and sharp edges meet delicate lines. Schomaker uses painterly means to create depth, while Yang lets drawn motifs overlap and Kröner works with actual three-dimensionality. The fascinating appeal of each individual work is based on the seeming fragility and the sensual quality of paper. "Shifting Surfaces" describes the dynamics that can emerge around the medium from the interplay of delicacy and strength, while at the same time questioning the nature of this opposition.

Harald Kröner (*1962 in Pforzheim) lives and works in Pforzheim. Kröner's work includes drawings and expansive installations. The artist's works are part of institutional collections in Germany and the USA.

Works by Iris Schomaker (*1973 in Stade) were on show at the Frankfurter Kunstverein in 2013. The artist lives and works in Berlin. Her "new figurative painting" (Dominic Eichler) was most recently shown at the Royal Academy of Arts in London.

Yang Jiechang (*1956 in Foshan) was trained in calligraphy and traditional Chinese painting. The artist lives and works in Paris and Heidelberg. His works have been exhibited at the Venice and Liverpool Biennales and the Guggenheim Museum in New York City, among others.

Exhibited works

Landschaft / Schnee
Landschaft / Schnee, 2024
Iris Schomaker
Rainy Mountain II
Rainy Mountain II, 2020
Iris Schomaker
Snow Landscape I
Snow Landscape I, 2013
Iris Schomaker
Snow Landscape II
Snow Landscape II, 2013
Iris Schomaker
Snow Landscape III
Snow Landscape III, 2013
Iris Schomaker
Untitled
Untitled, 2023
Iris Schomaker
Winterlandscape I
Winterlandscape I, 2020
Iris Schomaker
Untitled
Untitled, 2020
Iris Schomaker
Mustard Seed Garden
Mustard Seed Garden, 2013
Jiechang Yang
Not Seen With My Eyes - Hands
Not Seen With My Eyes - Hands, 2022
Jiechang Yang
Not Seen With My Eyes - Mind
Not Seen With My Eyes - Mind, 2022
Jiechang Yang
Not Seen With My Eyes - Seeds
Not Seen With My Eyes - Seeds, 2022
Jiechang Yang
Not Seen With My Eyes - Lin Tin Sea
Not Seen With My Eyes - Lin Tin Sea, 2022
Jiechang Yang
Not Seen With My Eyes - Light
Not Seen With My Eyes - Light, 2022
Jiechang Yang
K1915 (schwarzwasser)
K1915 (schwarzwasser), 2019
Harald Kröner
k20123
k20123, 2020
Harald Kröner
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