© Caroline Achaintre
Caroline Achaintre / A.D.O.
A.D.O. is an exhibition in two parts – the first being a special presentation at the Hamburger Bahnhof as part of Friends with Books, the Berlin art book fair. The second instalment of A.D.O. was held at Farbvision. Pictured is A.D.O. 2017.
London-based mixed media artist Caroline Achaintre presents an installation of works in a variety of media, including handtufted wool, ceramic and watercolour. Her installations are bold and striking. As main influences Achaintre names German Expressionism and post-war British sculpture with their „crude aesthetics“.
© Caroline Achaintre AstraY, 2014, Tate Britain, hand tufted wool, Dimensions: 275 x 208 cm
6 October – 11 November (by appointment only)
Farbvision / Schönhauser Allee 28, 10435 Berlin, U Senefelderplatz
Beth Letain / Peres Projects
Coming from a background in science, Letain’s approach to painting is driven by an ‘imperative.’ Similar to experiments in the laboratory, her paintings are fuelled by inexplicable necessity to leap into the unknown, following only an intuitive urge to explore the possibilities of an action.
With their minimal shapes, the paintings testify to Letain’s careful selection of forms from a substantial collection of preparatory drawings.
© Beth Letain
16 November – 22 December
Peres Projects / Karl-Marx-Allee 82, 10243 Berlin, U Wittenbergplatz
Iris Schomaker, Idris Khan
Galerie Thomas Schulte presents a double exhibition with works by Iris Schomaker and Idris Khan. Iris Schomaker is known for her watercolour paintings of landscapes and figures in which she explores painterly possibilities and the reproduction of atmospheric content. Idris Khan experiments with apparitional art and often combines cultural works and artifacts from various spheres of literature, visual arts, and music.
© Iris Schomaker, UNTITLE (UPSIDE DOWN/ROSE CARPET), 2013, WATERCOLOUR AND OIL ON PAPER, 240 X 165 CM
17 November 2017 – 13 January
Galerie Tomas Schulte / Charlottenstr. 24, 10117 Berlin, U Stadtmitte
Ed Atkins at Martin-Gropius-Bau
For his exhibition at the Martin-Gropius-Bau, Atkins has created a new series of works that build upon the allegorical possibilities of his particular brand of video making, shifting the aesthetic into ever more precarious areas of desire, historicity, melancholia and stupidity. He is one of the most distinctive representatives of a generation of artists explicitly responding to digital media’s ever-increasing ubiquity; Atkins creates worlds of crazed artificiality and desperate realism.
A gigantic baby, a foppish boy and a drowned man weep, drool and eat grotesque sandwiches of shit, corpses, flags and masks, failing to learn anything. Reflexive information panels by “Contemporary Art Writing Daily” essay a barbaric real world entirely absent from the exhibition. Credits roll to denote an ending that never begins, and social media corporations sponsor everything, seemingly unbidden.
“Old Food” is Atkins’ largest installation to date. Unlike much of Atkins’ previous work, “Old Food” is slow – hobbled and exhausted by its own apparent superficiality. Still, “Old Food” moves, caught in a concert of sad, pitched inwards and out.
© Ed Atkins, Production still for “Old Food”, 2017, Courtesy the artist, Galerie Isabella Bortolozzi, Berlin, Cabinet Gallery, London, Gavin Brown’s Enterprise, New York, Rome and dépendance, Brussels
28 September – 10 December
Martin-Gropius-Bau / Niederkirchnerstr. 7, 10963 Berlin, S+U Potsdamer Platz