Opening Reception Thursday, March 27, 2014, 6-8 pm
Artist Talk Saturday, March 29, 12-1 pm
Presented in collaboration with Galerie EIGEN + ART Leipzig / Berlin
Exhibition will be on view through May 3.
Ruiz-Healy Art, in collaboration with Galerie EIGEN + ART, Leipzig / Berlin, is pleased to present Straight from Berlin: Paintings and Works on Paper by Uwe Kowski and Jörg Herold. Uwe Kowski and Jörg Herold are acclaimed as members of the New Leipzig School, a group of artists identified with Neo Rauch who were born in then-East Germany and trained at the traditionally-inclined Hochschule für Graphik und Buchkunst Leipzig (Leipzig Academy of Visual Arts).
Uwe Kowski was born in 1963, and apprenticed as a sign painter before taking up studies in painting at the Leipzig Academy. Using elements of figuration, text, and references to landscape, Kowski’s paintings often appear to have been created spontaneously, but are highly-constructed formal works that exist on the boundaries of traditions of realism and abstraction.
Born in 1965 in Leipzig, Jörg Herold, like Kowski, also began his training outside the fine arts, learning stucco work before attending the Leipzig Academy of Visual Art–where he met Uwe Kowski–and the Weissensee Art Academy, in Berlin. Herold, whose works embrace painting, collage, performance, and film, came to international renown through his participation at the Venice biennale and dOCUMENTA X.
In his new pieces presented in Straight from Berlin, Herold uses found photographic images of idyllic rural scenes which are digitally printed, then washed with stain, water colors, and Chinese ink. Like the effects of the onslaught of experience on harbored definitions, his painterly overlays cast a quivering filter over a past that refuses to settle into resolution.
Works by Uwe Kowski and Jörg Herold are held in many international collections, including the Museum of Modern Art, New York, and the Deutsche Bank Collection, Berlin.