Figuratum durch Abstractum, 21 March 2021 – 10 April 2021
Artists: Lisa Etterich, Ralph Hübschmann, Sergey Morshch, Davood Roostaei, Jan Vorpahl
In this group exhibition etitled “Figuratum durch Abstractum” the works by five artists, Lisa Etterich, Ralph Hübschmann, Sergey Morshch, Davood Roostaei and Jan Vorpahl are exhibited. Abstract genre, in a narrow sense, has neither theme nor object. Previously, abstract was not a part of classic hierarchy of genres, which were developed in European culture by the 17th century. But when the freedom of art expression started from the end of 19th century to 20th century, and then into the 21st century, so abstract art flourished. It was in the 20th century, that abstract art rejected the mimetic approach to art. On the other side we encounter figurative art. Since the influx of abstract art, figurative art has referred to any form of art that holds strong references to the real world. But like all other phenomena, it is reasonable to think of a continuum where on one end we have pure abstractionism and on the opposite end we have pure realist art. In between, numerous forms can emerge. However, we should have in mind that from, let’s say early expressions of human being on the walls of caves, there have been some elements of abstractionism at work. That is also true when we talk about figurative art. Through the centuries in different cultures art has developed in different directions.
Lisa Etterich (painter), Ralph Hübschmann (sculptor), Sergey Morshch (painter), Davood Roostaei (painter), Jan Vorpahl (painter).
Lisa Etterich: With this devotion to the Far East, the artist creates a West Eastern Divan entirely her own kind. She combines Western world with piety and wisdom of the East and is able to build, in the best sense of the word, bridges between cultures with her cosmopolitan works which have rarely touched and fertilized each other.
Ralph Hübschmann: Over the years, he has developed his skill and his works tend more to abstraction and delicateness. He does not confine himself to only human beings or animals or plants but browses in man’s mind, in nature, in books of fiction, history, religion and anywhere else to find the subject of his sculptures. He seeks “asymmetrical symmetry” in his art.
Free movement of meanings, their superposition, flows into an associative connection, spontaneity, abstract expressionism, transforming into an ideal simplification of an art form, grotesque – all these definitions only make sense when there is an agreement about what is a reality and what is an illusion. However, when this definition is not available, or it is consciously avoided, then a pure art appears.”
Davood Roostaei has acquired international fame as the founder of “Cryptorealism”, a revolutionary style of painting that reconciles the major currents of contemporary art, realism and abstraction, and at the same time, spans the bridge between the Orient and the Occident, between the deeply rooted fear of images in religions and the passionate love of images in the West.
Decisive for the underlying aesthetic concept of this painting is the simple but essential fact that colors can be distinguished from each other even with the most subtle changes in their mixing ratio.The foundation, base and ground of this aesthetic is thus the visible difference. The spectrum in which the difference/differentiation of colors can be moved ranges from very fine to contrary and forms the possible framework. From this aesthetic field thus defined, correspondingly different pictorial genres or series can be generated through various principles of arrangement.