room for humour
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Fürther Nachrichten, 19.05.2016, SABINE REMPE
The artists of deliberate confusion: Wolf Sakowski and Tessa Wolkersdorfer exhibiting in the Stadttheater
FÜRTH - When the sofa stands at the bottom of a mountain massif in the forest and the Zen master looks somehow headless - that is not a confusing dream, but one of the "illusions" of Wolf Sakowski and Tessa Wolkersdorfer that Art-Agency Hammond currently showcases in the Stadttheater.
A love for Ironic perspective: Tessa Wolkersdorfer and Wolf Sakowski next to his painting „Venedig“ in the Foyer at the Stadttheater. © Photo: Hans-Joachim Winckler
Two artists, thirty-four artworks. One showcases in the right wing and one in the left wing of the foyer. Why are we actually automatically looking for a common denominator? Those that hope to find something unifying between the two artists, the chances are good.
You don't have to be very clever to attest Tessa Wolkersdorfer and Wolf Sakowski a love for ironic perspective. Both have in common the witty handling of allusions, quotations and props.
Sakowski, who lives and works in Nuremberg, is a master in the reduction of ideas until just the quintessence of the original idea remains. This type of homeopathic Visual Design produces artworks like "Terra Incognita". Here the white space dominates. What seems logical. How can one depict what no one knows? The messages of "Adam and Eve (Vogue)" and "Adam and Eve (Elle)" are also reduced. An apple appears as a female element on the one plant. On the other flaunts a potato. This fits - and is at first glance scarcely less striking than the picture of the world, that glossy magazines love to present.
The 65-year-old brings his original work on the canvas with oil and acrylic. He understands how to mix wit with a great aesthetic appeal. Something incredibly calming goes out of the bright shade of blue, which occupies almost the entire area of the 1.20 to 2.10 square meters of his largest painting.
The seven letters: Venedig are the only disturbance. This word sparks an explosion of pictures in our mind. After imaginary gondolas, masks, canals and facades have passed by one looks at the bottom right corner of the painting. There languishes a goldfish in overturned glass without water. Hard luck!
Tessa Wolkersdorfer combines what at first glance does not seem to harmonise: Furniture and natural phenomena. Their fusion of indoors and outdoors combines frankly dresser or bed with designs that you have already seen as a living room wallpaper. A sense of freedom and independence resonates in this strange line up, because there is no conformism, there is no pressure. The objects lacking any traction with its imaginary environment, all hovers in the dark and is unpassable in more dimensions and uncountable.
Wolkersdorfer who was born in 1982 in Nuremberg, and was a master student of Peter Angermann at the Art Academy, gives the viewer with her multi step confusion the chance to immerse in a world that apparently is just beginning to make its own rules. "Outside home" has she titled one of her series of artworks, which is more than fine irony. The concatenated word combinations sound like the sort of advertising slogan that tries to camouflage what is without truth and sense.
She makes her revelation to liberation. If in fact everything so simply can be paired, then actually everyone can do as he wishes. The key lies perhaps in the dresser, on which Tessa Wolkersdorfer has placed the red rubber boots („Draußendaheim Stiefel und Haube“).
The "illusions" that she and Sakowski have brought to the Stadttheater, are likely to cause a considerable visual pleasure anyway.
Frankenpost, 24.02.2016, RAINER UNGER
The Bathhouse in the South Seas
"Aufgebrochen" - this is the title of the new exhibition of the Art Society Kulmbach. Seven artists show a section of their broad oeuvre.
Kulmbach - In the exhibition series "7 from the association" members of the Art Society Kulmbach showing their art in the historic Badhaus and in the Oberen Stadtgalerie until April 3. "Aufgebrochen" is the theme of this year's exhibition and is a colourful and varied insight into the world of art.
On entering the first floor of the Badhaus, one is confronted by the unusual colourful but also provocative paintings of Renate Hammond who, lives in Folkestone, less than a hundred kilometers from central London. "Room for Humour" is her creed and so the content of the oil paintings is partly of biting mockery. The artist was born in Auerbach (Oberpfalz), studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Nuremberg and started in 1979 in Fürth her first gallery and subsequently worked as a freelance artist and gallery owner. She has been living in England since the year 2000.
Her works are characterised by strong, almost garish colours. "Otto Dix was my role model even as I was studying " she revealed. Her images often contain irony, nasty satire and biting social criticism. Two adjacent hanging works show a person eating a pig's head, and a pig consuming a human head. It was London that inspired her to paint these two images, the city's super rich, in the reigns of capitalism, she revealed.
Renate Hammond not only paints humorous pictures, she also buys them and has already put together a nice collection, she says. Her goal is to open in London a private museum with the theme "Room for Humour".
The exhibition "Aufgebrochent" can be viewed till April 3. The Badhaus is open Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 13h to 17h, the Obere Stadtgalerie on Saturday and Sunday from 13h to 17h.
Stadttheater Fürth, Königstraße 116, 90762 Fürth, Germany
The exhibitions can be viewed by theater visiters before the performances and during the breaks. Guests, which attend the exhibition but not the theatrical performance are welcome during the time 60-30 minutes before the beginning or at a different time by arrangement with Art-Agency Hammond.