15. – 19.05.2012
“Tell me the landscape in which you live and I’ll tell you who you are”,
- Ortega y Gasset.
In 2011 German installation artist Klaus Kleine and Israeli painter Matan Ben-Tolila started a dialogue in regards to their artistic approach and in preparation for a joint exhibition. As it happened, during the summer both were close to the Mediterranean sea, therefore they related ¬ without prior planning ¬ in their work to areatypical color combinations and landscape impressions. However, they were not interested in a reproduction of reality, but rather in the diversity of possible variations of forms and the continuous creation of new spaces though a process of reduction of that reality.
In the installation Moved Room Kleine and Ben-Tolila continue their artistic exchange on dimensionality, color, material, and habits of seeing by combining sculptural and pictorial elements based on landscape impressions. Thus, we witness the interplay between natural scenery and artificially created spaces both in the form of a three-dimensional installation and
as two-dimensional drawings.
Walls made of simple materials such as wood, paper and foil divide the room, creating pathways and hidden corners – a landscape within the exhibition space. From each point we experience the energy between the fragile walls and their strength in changing the space. By constructing a minimalist walk-in environment Kleine negotiates the border between sculpture and architecture, art work and space. Ben-Tolila reflects Kleine’s thoughts on reduction and the transformation of impressions in large scale prints of drawings. The visual sources in Ben-Tolila`s works are actual scenes, which in a process of removal and anonymization develop into structures levitating in remnants of landscapes. The artist takes this process even a step further by presenting not the actual drawings, but rather large-scale photographic prints of the scanned drawings. Characteristic of both artists is their interest in space and remoteness. It is almost an obsession with absence visually expressed by contrasting elements such as fullness and emptiness, planning and coincidence, abstraction and realistic representation.
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