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marion scharmann @ artissima, Torino
6–9 November, 2014
Daniel Behrendt and
Maik & Dirk Löbbert
Daniel Behrendt’s paintings of urban solitude of the 60ies, 70ies and 80ies are juxtaposed with Maik and Dirk Löbberts photographs of urban interventions that were realized in Torino in the 1990ies. The artist duo used the public space as a surface to ›draw‹ on – the works present the architecture of the city of Torino in all its three-dimensionality, but at the same time they appear to be drawings depicting geometrical forms. The city is in constant change, ephemeral like the water that suggests a perfect rectangle or circle, but which is gone in just 30 minutes. In theses works by Maik and Dirk Löbbert pure geometry collides with reality, the pure surface with images of three-dimensionality and abstract figures enable the depiction of illusion. Likewise are Daniel Behrendt’s paintings both figurative and abstract. They portray a three-dimensional urban scene, simultaneously accentuating the materiality and the fine color nuances. The slabs of oil paint in manifold hues of grey and brown look like walls washed by weather, years after years. His works are representational and at the same time pure painting.
The dialogue of these two artistic positions describes the interaction of surface and space, in painting, photography, and architecture.