Vernissage on Sunday, 18 March at 16 o’clock
18.3. – 5.5.2018
Look out! – A selection of Raku vessels will be on display on the weekend of 20 & 21 May from 14 – 19 o’clock at Haus Lohmnitz, Langohrzeile 9 in Berlin. The exhibition there also shows paintings and collages by the artist Elke Graalfs and collages as well as a mobile by Manfred Kirschner
The artist Martin Mindermann has been working in ceramics in the area of the Raku fire for three decades. He has already set new standards in artistic technique and expression. In the Raku’s historical technique, the glowing vessels are taken out of the oven, placed in straw or shavings and also moved in the renewed fire. The burned, black, sooty vessels unfold in the purge of soot, their stirring characteristic secrets. The changing temperature boosts cause glaze cracks, the so-called Krakelé. On the one hand, controlled by the artist and natural coincidence underlying technology that works like a language. Crackle, coloring and body play in a changeable aesthetic interaction creating a unique object. The artist often stages volumes and bodies with pictorial surfaces. Here he inserts patterns and striking visual structures in current works. These are contemplative forms or series that he finds and studies in everyday life. He translates floral objects, such as seed pods, figural outlines, reflections, even patterns on car parks or tablecloths, onto the glaze using photography and drawing. They form a complex aesthetic creation that works in the virtuose interaction of the various levels and their setting similar to painting. Moreover, it seems as if the emerging images with the vessel have received their intended body. Martin Mindermann knows how to convey the inherent contemplation of his ideas and studies in a very convincing way. One can hardly escape the intensity and radiant power of his works and, as a viewer, can easily enter a calm, deep vision.