PRIMA NOVA | PREVIEW
We are looking forward to our PRIMA NOVA Opening in Hamburg next Week
Hamburg Opening / 22. Sep 2021
Bismarckstraße 98 | 20253 Hamburg
The exhibition will feature various works of international artists which will be shown simultaneously in Hamburg and Berlin.
Berlin | Gipsstraße 11 | 10119 Berlin
Saturdays 1-6 pm
open daily for BERLIN ART WEEK
September 16th - 18th | 1-6 pm
Gipsstrasse 11 | 10119 Berlin
Heather Day San Francisco
Jeff Cheung San Francisco
Caroline Denervaud Paris
Aron Barath Budapest
David Matthew King Los Angeles
Marcel Rozek Los Angeles
Tom Jean Webb Austin
Carsten Beck Aalborg
Rachel Hayden Brooklyn
Alex Giles Manchester
Tom Jean Webb has been depicting a land found in dreams and romantic imagined adventures since childhood. Using that art to take himself to the American Southwest to discover, explore and connect to his new reality.
Born in London in 1982, growing up drawing as a transformative experience would go on to become his passion and career. He studied at Kingston University 2004-07 earning a first degree. Since graduating he has exhibited in London, Hong Kong and multiple cities in the USA.
Tom is now represented by galleries in Texas and currently continuing his art practice creating paintings and sculptures, using found natural and manufactured objects. Telling stories of his adventure and relationship with the new spaces and objects that fill his journey.
“In many ways I genuinely feel like I’m on that same journey I started as a child, that this is all the same path from the same story.
David Matthew King (b. 1981, Southern California, USA).
The studio is a place where all things that seem incongruous work to find their place in a larger order. Words, images, sounds, memories, conversations–everything is fair game, and if enough breathing room is given the connections between all things will begin to reveal themselves.
Some works in this collection continue my exploration in the language of color and movement and balance and momentum. Other works reveal another aspect of my process–one that lives mostly in the studio. Drawings, text, marks, works on paper– these are the things that populate my full-time work space. Many of these address more directly the themes that lie indirectly beneath the surface of my paintings: life, death, time, hope, failure, the problems of language, etc.
During several visits people have asked me how my time in London has shaped my work over these last few weeks. While architecture and interiors and weather have surely played a part, it has been the sounds of new voices and conversations with friends and other artists about love, life, death, the future, the past, our friends, families, peers, our economic problems, our social problems, etc. which have had the larger influence. Some of that influence is evident in these works. Misguided expectations, poor self-censorship, unhelpful directives, the desire to “do good” while having no universal understanding of what “doing good” means.
My time in the studio is a struggle with myself. What to say, what not to say, how to say it, how to show it, if to show it, how to hide it, how to transform it, how to resurrect it. What fills the studio is the carnage when the fight is over.
Heather Day (USA, b. 1989) is a painter and printmaker who makes abstract paintings comprised of scraped, smeared, and flooded pools of pigment. The compulsive energy of her work oscillates between rehearsed abandon and careful restraint. Her encompassing murals, large canvases, and intimate drawings study the mechanisms of sensory perception — mining what happens when the body interprets a sound as a texture, or a scent as a color. She received a BFA from The Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) in 2012 and was an artist-in-residence at the Vermont Studio Center (2019). Her first museum solo show, Woolgatherers: New Paintings by Heather Day is on view at the Fort Wayne Museum of Art, Indiana, through May 2020.
Day has collaborated with both Facebook and Google, creating virtual and augmented reality works that bridge the gap between art and technology. The artist lives and works in San Francisco.
Rachel Hayden is a Brooklyn-based artist from Cincinnati, Ohio. She graduated from MICA in 2015 with a BFA in Fine Arts. After
graduating she worked in early childhood education at the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore, creating and teaching programs for
children birth to five years old. Her paintings include anthropomorphized moths, butterflies, fruits, flowers and moons, tender hands,
and detached self-portraits.
Jeffery Cheung is a Bay Area based artist, who is the co-founder of Unity Press and Unity Skateboarding. Cheung’s bright figurative
work celebrates queerness within his personal life and within skate culture. He is a prolific maker, whose vivacious art examines
freedom, identity, and intersectionality, through bold color and intertwined characters. Cheung’s figures stem from his queer zine
making practice and have grown into larger than life paintings. His genderless body positive world questions the boundaries of
sexuality, body, gender, and race. Cheung’s simplistic line-work of gender nonspecific bodies offers a clever yet loving response to
the heteronormative gaze creating a more inclusive and accessible entry point.
Carsten Beck Nielsen is a visual artist, who was born in Denmark, like other prominent artists such as Bonazza Luigi, Nick Payne, Ahmad Siyar Qasimi, Lene Winther, and Johnny Otto. The paintings are a mix of a geometric perspective in forms and shapes with a mathematicians attention to detail and high quality materials. The lines in his paintings creates a new object and a new formation that immediately fascinates and guides you to find comfort and relaxation. Carsten tells us: "The ideas behind my work, is an expression of the organic forms and shapes. My background into print making and photography gives me the options to see a new perspective in art. The simple lines that create a new object fascinates me, and force me to think of art in a new way through the simple lines. My big passion and inspiration for midcentury modern art, is something I feel a deep-rooted connection with".
Swiss visual and performance artist Caroline Denervaud currently lives in Paris, where she creates abstract and expressive works through painting, film and photographic stills. Caroline’s performance-based art reflects her studies in dance at the Laban Center in London and Fine Arts in Paris at Studio Bercot. Mimicing the natural curves and motions of her body, Caroline describes her work as a play of connection, conversations and feeling. Caroline’s work is also concerned with how colours meet and interact, guided by instinct emotion, music and interplay between balance and imbalance. Caroline’s explorative works have led her to esteemed collaborations between fashion house Roksanada in London Fashion Week, Hotel Les Roches Rouge and most recently, the rose-coloured Roksanda Penthouse.
Aron Barath, born in 1980 in Novi Sad, former Yugoslavia, is a Hungarian painter living and working in Budapest, Hungary. Barath is best known for his abstract paintings, marked by colour and the seductive qualities of paint as a substance. Art historian and art critic Rona Kopeczky describes the artist as a chromatogologue and a chromatophone, handing over his place in a noble manner to the colour. The colour dictates the gesture of the artist, freeing itself from contemporary visual culture or communicational trends. What is left is pure, genuine and truthful. Light, substance and colour. Aron Barath has had group and solo shows predominately in his home country Hungary. However, the past three years his work has been noticed and lauded internationally, resulting in exhibitions in Warsaw, Poland; Miami, the United States of America; Vienna, Austria and now also in Kortrijk, Belgium.
Alex Giles: My work has no expectation on the viewer but to switch the intellect off and dive in. We are living in an era where it has become important to take the opportunity to escape. I want my audience to succumb to the joy of shape and colour and be immersed in an overwhelming visual experience. Each work is a snapshot of my own internal visual escapism. Whether I go looking for it, or it happens involuntarily such as in the gaps between consciousness and sleep. The snapshots are then processed and sharpened so that they become advertisments for the three stages of semi-conscious visual exploration: Chaotic and elemental. Journey and progress. Destination and symmetry.
Marcel Rozek (b.1992) is an abstract artist interested in color relationships and the role of transparency in stain painting. Originally from Akron, Ohio, and now located in Los Angeles, California, Rozek uses a staining technique pioneered by the early abstractionists and Washington Color School artists to create his richly layered compositions. He aligns himself with these influential artists, most notably Morris Louis, while pushing beyond the successes of his predecessors and creating a new branch in the tree of color field painting. He begins with liquefied paint that he has mixed and diluted before pouring it directly onto raw unprimed canvas allowing the paint to generate organic shapes and movement. This method creates puddles of color that overlap and extend into one another while soaking into the canvas. As the colors converge, overlap, and blend they absorb at different rates creating unique color families and blurry, spectral forms. Rozek considers his work a reflection of himself with each piece carrying a unique message that changes for every viewer. How Rozek’s message translates is a rumination into the viewers own perspective.
“I try to translate depth and intuition to the viewer in the hopes we can have a conversation and a connection,” he says.
In 2017, Rozek earned his bachelors degree in studio art with a minor in drawing and painting from the Myers School of Art in Akron, Ohio. Since completing his undergraduate studies, Rozek has exhibited work with collectors from Istanbul, London, and Rome among others.”