November 29, 2017, 2 pm
Many thanks to the gallery director Jill Leciejewski and the gallery owner Ben Kuckei introducing our participants to the program and history of KUCKEI + KUCKEI and guiding us through the exhibition “URBANLANDSCAPES” by Nikola Röthemeyer.
Exhibition Dates: November 11 – December 20, 2017
Location: KUCKEI + KUCKEI
Opening Hours: Tuesday – Friday, 11 AM – 6 PM, Saturday 11 AM – 5 PM
Address: Linienstraße 107/108, 10115 Berlin
“With her current exhibition Urbanlandscapes, Nikola Röthemeyer has initiated two new groups of works. Her urban landscapes, which combine nature – in the form of people, plants, and animals – and architecture together, provide the exhibition with its title. Her Innerlandscapes make up the second group of works, in which she employs a new approach to break apart and transform already familiar forms and elements. Rounding off the series is a large, room-scale drawing and a number of exploratory sketches (“Searchdrawings”) that shed light on her working process.
The title of the series, with its varying letter heights and the combining of two words into one, gives us an inkling of what’s to come. The Urbanlandscapes function as tableau-like views into a realm of vanishing architectures. In the initial composition, Nikola Röthemeyer lays everything out, only to eliminate all non-essential elements in the next phase, often ultimately choosing surface area over lines. The viewer senses the function served by negative spaces created without lines, but a shift from graphic finesse to artistic reduction alters the impression of space. As one line after another disappears, so do interior and exterior walls, ceilings, and corridors. The highly subtle edge of a cloud, however, ensures these remain visible.” (Text excerpt from the press release by courtesy of KUCKEI + KUCKEI)
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