OPENING RECEPTION AND PERFORMANCE
during ART COLOGNE

Gallery Tour during Art Cologne

Thursday, April 27, 2017, visitors of ART COLOGNE have the opportunity to do a gallery tour in Cologne from 6:00-10:00 p.m.
Further Information: www.cologne-galleries.com

Eric Bainbridge: Dark Style Swan, 1985, fur, cloth, wire, gypsum, 269,24 x 162,56 x 271,78 cm, Collezione Salvatore Ala, Milano, Foto: Simon Vogel, Haus Mödrath - Räume für Kunst

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Haus Mödrath, An Burg Mödrath 1, 50171 Kerpen
www.haus-moedrath.de

Opening week, Sunday 23 April, 2017 till Saturday 29 April, 2017, noon - 6:00 pm.

Sollich Architects started planning and working on the restructuring of Haus Mödrath - Räume für Kunst in Kerpen, easily to be reached in the tri-city area of Cologne, Dusseldorf, and Aix-La-Chapelle, in early 2014. Haus Mödrath - Räume für Kunst will open to the public in April 2017 as a center and meeting point for contemporary art, music and culture. Its more than 1.000 sqm over four floors are situated in a park of more than 75.000 sqm.

The preparations for the first exhibition are well under way. Haus Mödrath - Räume für Kunst will open in April 2017 with the exhibition Aftermieter (Lodgers), curated by Veit Loers.

Artists List:

KAI ALTHOFF geboren / born in 1966
lebt / lives in Köln / Cologne

ALI ALTIN geboren / born in 1976
lebt / lives in Düsseldorf

ED ATKINS geboren / born in 1982
lebt / lives in Berlin

ERIC BAINBRIDGE geboren / born in 1955
lebt / lives in Hartlepool

DIRK BELL geboren / born in 1969
lebt / lives in Berlin

NEIL BELOUFA geboren / born in 1985
lebt / lives in Paris und / and New York

BJÖRN BRAUN geboren / born in 1979
lebt / lives in Berlin

ADOLF BEUTLER geboren / born in 1935
lebt / lives in Berlin

ANDRÉ BUTZER geboren / born in 1973
lebt / lives in Rangsdorf bei / near Berlin

STEFANO CAGOL geboren / born in 1969
lebt / lives im Trentino

GIORGIO DORIGO geboren / born in 1954
lebt / lives in Muiach, Provinz / Province Belluno

MICHAELA EICHWALD geboren / born in 1967
lebt / lives in Berlin

GÜNTHER FÖRG geboren / born in 1952
gestorben / died in 2013

GEORG HEROLD geboren / born in 1947
lebt / lives in Köln

EVA KOT'ÁTKOVÁ geboren / born in 1982
lebt / lives in Prag / Prague

AJAY KURIAN geboren / born in 1984
lebt / lives in New York

ALICJA KWADE geboren / born in 1979
lebt / lives in Berlin

JOCHEN LEMPERT geboren / born in 1958
lebt / lives in Hamburg

KRIS LEMSALU geboren / born in 1985
lebt / lives in Tallinn und / and Wien / Vienna

KATJA NOVITSKOVA geboren / born in 1984
lebt / lives in Amsterdam und / and Berlin

MARY-AUDREY RAMIREZ geboren / born in 1990
lebt / lives in Berlin

JAMES RICHARDS geboren / born in 1983
lebt / lives in Berlin und / and London

ANDREAS SLOMINSKI geboren / born in 1959
lebt / lives in Potsdam

MICHAEL E. SMITH geboren / born in 1977
lebt / lives in Providence / New Hamsphire

DAVIDE STUCCHI geboren / born in 1988
lebt / lives in Mailand / Milan

FRANZ WEST geboren / born in 1947
gestorben / died in 2012

THOMAS ZIPP geboren / born in 1966
lebt / lives in Berlin

Kölnischer Kunstverein, Hahnenstr. 6, 50676 Köln
www.koelnischerkunstverein.de

27.04.–11.06.2017
Tue–Sun: 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Opening: Wednesday, 26.04.2017 7:00 p.m.

AVERY SINGER: Sailor

The artist Avery Singer, who was born in 1987 in New York, has created a body of work in the recent past that can be viewed as one of the most exceptional contributions to contemporary art.

Singer produces paintings for which she initially creates templates on a computer, which she then transfers to canvas using an airbrush technique.

This results in extremely fascinating image creations that are reminiscent in stylistic terms of French Cubism as well as Grisaille painting, and reflect upon sociopolitical themes like the functionality and rules of the art scene in the process.

In the context of the exhibition in the Kölnischer Kunstverein, the work of the artist will be presented for the first time to a broader public in Germany with a group of new specific works that she produced.

The exhibition has been realized in cooperation with the Secession in Vienna.

Erika Hock, Chair, Table (Elbows & Knees) 2017
Powder coated steel, sand, cigarettes
Installationview: Sofie van de Velde Gallery, Antwerp 2017 © the artist, Sofie van de Velde Gallery, Antwerp and Cosar HMT, Düsseldorf
Foto: Maxime Fauconnier

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Erika Hock - Philara, Düsseldorf

Erika Hock, Second Home
Opening: 27.04.2017
Duration: 28.04.2017 - 25.07.2017

The second home is the mark of a generation of restless commuters and urban nomads. An almost paradoxical contrast to the notion of a native home, the term describes a temporary residence for dynamic agents in the flexible stages of their lives. On another level, the term can also be seen to point towards the dissolving boundary between private life and the work-place. The workplace has increasingly become a subjectivized space, which promises to economize workflows while veiling itself in an aura of well-being. Amidst yoga courses, plant arrangements, and healthy foods, our willingness to always be connected and available grows, while actual work is diluted to the point of illusion.

Erika Hock’s sculptural works are the result of an investigation into these new concepts of well-being and their manifestations. Opened in London in 2017, Second Home is a limited-access creative office, whose architecture and interior “is inspired by academic research in evolutionary psychology and biophilia, and every aspect has been carefully designed to support well-being, productivity, and creativity.” The exhibition's title has accordin-gly been borrowed from this constructed second home.

Hock’s hybrids of design, architecture, and fashion evoke the permanent visitors of our everyday worlds. In her series Elbows & Knees, powder-coated steel tube constructions cavort in slapstick fashion. The anthropo-morphized, object-like inter-agents run counter to their original functional ideas. The chair is no longer usable as such, having become instead a playful companion. Tables which seem to be exploring the possibilities of their own construction or even performing yoga exercises animate us to do the same. The feedback loop created between the objects and the visitors' bodies inverts one of design’s fundamental ideas, namely replicating the form of the body. The results are character-objects that we recognize as partners, familiar allies with whom we can enter playful relationships. They have inevitably traded in their efficiency in order to become intractable ob-jects, troublemakers who no longer obediently fulfill their tasks.

These works investigate the extent to which objects are integrated into our lifeworlds and asks what kind of individual traces can still be inscribed in a society organized around flexible working methods and the poles of mobili-ty and permanence. Furthermore, they thematize the ways in which incen-tives can be produced through design and architecture and the extent to which these practices are at risk of merely becoming instruments of “social business,” a capitalist marketing strategy for the concept of a home that transforms the private sphere into the workplace.

On the occasion of the exhibition’s opening at the Sammlung Philara on the 27.04.2017, Erika Hock will also present a new permanent work made for the collection’s sculpture terrace, which will also be opened parallel to the exhibition.