We took a short but very worthwhile visit to Berlin's Art Gallery week on 13th September. We visited the KW Institute for Contemporary Art in Berlin-Mitte and caught the Willem de Rooij show as well as attending the opening of the Julian Schnabel show at Circle Culture. The graphic works by Schnabel were impressive. Graphic works represent an impressive compendium within the oeuvre of Julian Schnabel, which he continues with the current works for the first time after 18 years. As in his paintings, they reflect the diversity and intrinsic creative urge of the artist, who constantly applies surprising printing techniques and materials.
This first exhibition of the Circle Culture gallery with Julian Schnabel also marks the return of Circle Culture to its place of origin in Berlin-Mitte. This place will be revitalized as a main location for exhibitions, round tables and cultural projects in a wide spectrum.
The Kornfeld Gallery project space in Charlottenburg was showing works by Los Angeles based artist Sandeep Mukherjee at an installation project Molting the Factured. Painting on aluminium, these huge hanging works were inspiring.
The exhibition is based on ideas and notions the artist has been working on for ten years. The work, which is currently in progress, will be finished this summer, during the artist’s residency in Berlin, initiated by 68projects and the Villa Aurora & Thomas Mann House e.V. The work, spread over all three rooms of the gallery, had its world premiere in Berlin.
For over a decade, Sandeep Mukherjee’s work has been exploring the concept of abstracting as a means to image, carve or slice a particular aspect of flowing matter. The artist’s work in painting, drawing and installation is process-oriented and improvisational. Following multiple paths of inquiry, such as translating the performing body, subtracting the material body and folding the architectural body, the work continues to explore the relationship between process, affect and image.