Gerhard Hofland concludes the gallery season with a group show with four artist who are represented by the gallery: Simon Hemmer, Michael Kirkham, Wolfgang Flad en Jens Wolf. All of them show new works: sculptures, paintings and drawings. In conjunction with the exhibition the graphic novel Roxxie by Michael Kirkham is presented. This graphic novel contains all of Kirkham’s drawing series up till now.
On show are some of Wolfgang Flad’s recent energetic sculptures and reliefs. The reliefs consist of abstract-organic patterns that are gouged out of plywood. His sculptures are colourful and are made of raw wood and papier-mâchè. They have a very dynamic quality that resonates vitality. At the same time the organic shapes of his sculptures stand in stark contrast to the geometrical pedestals on which they repose, forming an intense dialectical relation. Jens Wolf also creates abstract works: intriguing and complex paintings. By using recognisable picture elements, reminiscent of works by Joseph Albers, Frank Stella and Kenneth Noland his paintings seems to be a reference to modernist movements such as Hard Edge, Constructivism and Minimal Art. However, Wolf plays a visual game of his own, with and within his paintings, through which he gives them an autonomous and distinctive character. Simon Hemmer shows some of his playful drawings. He combines abstract patterns creating 3-dimensional space on a flat surface, with figurative subjects. In addition, drawings and paintings by Michael Kirkham are presented. Kirkham, with his choice for obscene subject matters always knows to play a chord, especially in our current society, which increasingly appears to be controlled by censorship.
During the opening the graphic novel Roxxie by Michael Kirkham, published MMKoeh, will be presented. The book will be on sale in the gallery for 14,99 euro.Following this publication Centraal Museum Utrecht purchased a series of drawings by Kirkham for their collection. Also, in March 2016 an exhibition with Kirkham’s drawings is planned in Centraal Museum Utrecht.
Michael Kirkham (1971 Blackpool, UK) Michael Kirkham lives and works in Berlin. He completed his formal training at the Glasgow School of Art and De Ateliers in Amsterdam. After graduating, he lived and worked in Brussels for three years before moving to Berlin in 2002. His work is represented in the collections of Gemeentemuseum The Hague, Centraal Museum in Utrecht and the Museum voor Moderne Kunst Arnhem. In 2009 Kirkham took part in the exhibition Diana + Actaeon, Der Verbotene Blick auf die Nacktheit in Museum Kunst Palast, Dusseldorf. Recently his work was represented in the exhibition Lebenslust und Totentanz in Kunsthalle Krems in Ostria.
Simon Hemmer (1970 Cologne, D) lives and works in Cologne and Malaga. He studied at Kunstakademie Düsseldorf under the mastership of Dieter Krieg and Albert Oehlen. After graduating he became a resident at De Ateliers in Amsterdam. In 2007 he won the Royal Price for Painting. Among other places he exhibited his work at DavisKlemm Galerie, Wiesbaden, Gargarin, Düsseldorf en Galerie Tobias Naehring, Leipzig.
Jens Wolf (1967 Heilbronn, D) lives and works in Berlin. Wolf studies at Kunstacademie Karlsruhe under the mastership of Helmut Dorner en Luc Tuymans. He had solo- and group shows in: FRAC Languedoc – Roussillon, Montpellier, Wilhelm-Hack-Museum, Ludwigshafen, Musée d’art contemporain, Grenoble, Marres Maastricht and recently Ronchini Gallery in New York. His work has been added to several permanent collections, among others: Daimler Contemporary, Berlin; Marta Herford Museum, Herford; Sammlung zeitgenössischer Kunst der Bundesrepublik Deutschland, Bonn; Kunsthalle – CCA Andratx, Spain.
Wolfgang Flad ( 1974 Reutlingen, D) lives and works in Berlin. He studied at Akademie der Bildenden Künste in Stuttgart. Among other places, he exhibited his work at Van der Grinten Galerie, Cologne, Galerie Clara Maria Sels, Düsseldorf andn Dollinger Art Project, Tel Aviv, Israel. His work is represented in several permanent collections: Kunstmuseum Stuttgart, Stuttgart,Germany, Kunsthaus Zürich, Zürich, Switserland and Centraal Museum, Utrecht.