Galerie Crystal Ball

Deplacer – Deplatzieren

Opening of the exhibition at the Crystal Ball Gallery:
Sat. 1. October 2011 at 8 pm with a performance by Nicolas Puyjalon.

Attention: An exhibition in two locations. Palace of Culture Wedding International, opens the first part with performance on the previous day: Fr. the 30th September at 8 p.m.
The exhibitions are curated by Kurt Forever

deplacer deplatzieren Galerie Crystal Ball Berlin
deplacer deplatzieren, Galerie Crystal Ball Berlin

Group exhibitons/ participating artists:

  • Amélie Bertrand
  • Vincent Busson
  • Sarah Duby
  • Ariel Fleiszbein
  • Benoit Géhanne
  • Aurélie Godard
  • Flandin & Waré
  • Nicolas Puyjalon
  • Edgar Guilmoto

Roger Caillois notes the extreme case of these insects which, because they imitate so perfectly their habitat, end up disappearing completely in the uniformity of the same uninterrupted texture. Some will talk about tactic of predation or defence mechanism, but Caillois refutes this interpretation. He deduces: this mimicry aiming to decrease differences between the organism and his environment would actually cause a depersonalization – because an effective imitation can erase any variation or boundary from one to the other, the individual being resorbed in this surrounding space he wanted to merge with.

Caillois raises the question of the limit or outline; and against this radical ontological erasing of camouflage, he pleads in favour of dissimilarities. The animal mimicry, ultimate example of an ideal of harmonization between the figure and the background, points the risk of entropy. A solution: set against the laws of the semblance the effervescence of the irregularities. DEPLATZIEREN, to fight against this deletion of the distinctions which the repetition of the same generates. DEPLATZIEREN, so disorder and disruption can take shape. As metonymy, moving the value of the representations. And assert, beyond what conventions indicate as good shape or tolerate as manifest content, these incongruities – all these things which, precisely because they clash, also incite to reconsider connections and to open new fields.

Text written by Marion Delage de Luget


Silke Thoss – All Gallerists I Slept With ( the greatest show on earth )

Exhibition opening with concert on Fri. 5. August 2011 at 8 p.m.
Concert: Silky and the Tossers
The exhibition is extended until 24. September 2011

Silke Thoss All Galerists I Slept With The Greatest Show On Earth Gallery Crystal Ball Berlin
All Gallerists I Slept With, Silke Thoss

Crystal Ball gallery shows new paintings of Silke Thoss alias Silky. With a self deprecating view the works display perspectives on the art business. Silkys ingenious bad humor explains us in pictures and shiny banners the art world as a farce. As assumed, less its complexity, the world is divided in bad and good art. Her works show this in panoptical fabulous Landscapes filled with images from the earlier and older art history. „All Gallerist I Slept With“ quotes in an absurd and generating alliance the hell themes of Hieronymus Bosch too a work of Tracey Enim with a related title. The aura of the tent (Everyone I Slept With) from the artist Enim, where she sewed her lover’s names on, exposes itself in a hollow but ambitious strategy for attention and love, which is finally compensated with money.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hva4FBpXj2c
In Concert: Silky and the Tossers

Art designs here a double headed chimera whose financial capital appears more than a digressive mutation of presumed reality against the basic of art production today. An ambiguous conniving world that bears lies, develop as the artist hell in fact in which sphere the partaken characters follow barefaced their low instincts.

In that the artist portraits herself with impertinent gallery owners, a freak ensemble; but pointing on her own responsibility. The Pinocchio like nose that is looking like a brush, symbol of truth and authenticity, is a tool that can create a lot and here in Silke Thoss work, its mission aware – paints like hell.


Annette Stemmann – Weiße Landschaft

Exhibition opening on Friday, 24. June 2011 at 8 p.m.
Finissage and concert on Fri. 22. July 2011 from 8 p.m:
Hedi Mohr, Royal Chord and DJ Catastrophe

Annette Stemmann White Landscape Gallery Crystal Ball Berlin
White Landscape, Annette Stemmann

With a remarkable ease Annette Stemmann is working on an independant position that states universals and individualty as an equal midway in painting. In her colourful lucent pictures reigns a misterious complexity that resist to a definte descryption.

In the exhibition, next to drawings, the artist shows segmented panels. The painting base grows above the classical square, expanding over the walls. Like an organic process in the composition, itself affecting relations accure. A poetical simultaneity who plays in a compendium with the impact of its parts. Its a collection of impressions, urban scenes and time and again the human figure, drafted, finds itself next to plastic figures, left over plaything, myth and legendary creatures, icons from the sphere of everyday life. Like crossing a landscape our view changes, impressions touch, stronger images remain but solve in total.

Annette Stemmanns´ paintings are working with different phrases, concreteness and abstraction, ornament and surface, excerpt and omission. Impressions compete and examine a hierarchy of images without never execute it. Her specially own disengaged working method shows up in balanced compositions whose resistance can be seen as a imperceptible commentary, a brave countenance to actual art discourse

White landscape, Annette Stemmann, Photo: Maria Wohllaib

Elke Graalfs – Over The Hill

Painting/ Installation/ Performan
ce14.05.2011 to 17.06.2011
Opening at Fr. 13 May 2011 at 8 p.m.
with performance by the artist: Rote Beete, weißes Beten
until 17.6. with finissage and performance: No!

Elke Graalfs Over The Hill Gallery Crystal Ball Berlin
Over The Hill, Elke Graalfs, Photo: Michael Jungblut

There is space above the hill. This space is imagination, a floating condition. The art works of Elke Graalfs move in inner, as much as in physical spheres. Tracks and tasks always link biographical experiences that can be recorded automatically in pictures and also in books to explore the hidden. Colour, constitutional material, is understood like fibre and track of stereoscopic construction that heighten the aspect of an absent reality. The coats, the pullovers, the knitted human gown, are images of a protective weaved cover, which hide here an invisible body. Painting expands over the borders of frame and casts into the three dimensional. The land and subject of dream. Like something whose weight is hypothetically heavy realised in suspension, shows up the visionary. Body’s physicalness, universal of our life description, gets the material for emanation of our needs and longings. Fortune is according to Schopenhauer the absence of pain, but here its admiration to the current existence of our self. The artist defines this in an alchemistic manner, the combination of polar ingredient in favour to the investigation and creation of impossibility.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3LOk8HzyWUI&feature=related
At the opening of the exhibition, Elke Graalfs presents the performance “Red Beds – White Prayer”

Kirsty Kross – Gang Bang Yin  Yang / Benjamin Blanke – The Fire Of My Love

Exhibition opening with performance,
Fr. 8. April at 8 p.m. – 15 p.m.
15. April 2011, open daily from 3 pm to 8 pm

Kirsty Kross Legs Akimbo Benjamin Blanke Gallery Crystal Ball Berlin

The miniature portrait series of Benjamin Blanke possess a special characteristic- a mannerist and ironic form of representation in portraiture. In most of the works, only the head of the subject is featured. Closely below the chin, on the neck, the composition abruptly ends, but still fills the pictorial space to the edge. The underlying theme of the works – physicalness, achieves in the reduced use of basic material, its subject.

Benjamin Blanke: Yul Brunner Gallery Crystal Ball
Yul Brunner, Benjamin Blake

The performances of Kirsty Kross alias Legs Akimbo, member of the popular band Team Plastique, involve creating situations where the audience experiments with social interaction and play within an improvised and flexible group context.

In GANG BANG YIN YANG the artist will also work with the ever-changing music ensemble, The Love Hospital Experimental Orchestra, to create an anti-perfectionist Happening between two polar extremes. The exhibiton features drawings of the artist as well as the results of the action.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ipDDv1OEiA
Gang Bang, Kirsty Kross, Performance
Kirsty Kross Legs Akimbo Galerie Crystal Ball Berlin
Legs Akimbo, Kirsty Kross, Performance

Frank Schoppmeier – Kapital und Dosenfleisch

Installation/ Objects
Opening on Fri. 4. March 2011 at 8 p.m., with a concert by Senor Depressiv

Art Frank Schoppmeier Courtesy Gallery Crystal Ball Berlin
Art, Frank Schoppmeier

Frank Schoppmeier’s objects and installations create new levels of meaning and possible image theories by combining various iconographic references. The layers and pictorial means used point to our visual memory in their historical pop-cultural relationship. A fleeting image reception, with its learned and categorizing effects, acts like a blind spot in our constituted order. The artist works with the shifts of these boundaries, on the perception and analysis of an irritating pop art.

Frank Schoppmeier Capital and Canned Meat Gallery Crystal Ball Berlin
Capital and canned meat, Frank Schoppmeier

Wolfgang Müller – Lokomotion – Valeska Gert

Exhibition opening on Fri. 7. January 2011 at 8 pm

Fri. 11. February, Finissage at 8 p.m.: with the presentation of rare recordings of Valeska Gert: Valeska Gert reads from her book/Valeska is reading from her book: “Ich bin a Hexe” (9: 35 min.) and an interview with Valeska Gert from 1964 (27: 15 min.)

Wolfgang Müller Lokomotion - Valeska Gert Gallery Crystal Ball Berlin
Invitation card to Wolfgang Müller Lokomotion – Valeska Gert , 2010

Starting January 2011 Crystal Ball presents Wolfgang Müller´s „Lokomotion-Valeska Gert“, an installation of his same titled silk screens. The gallery space will become a break room. A place of persistence and hesitation is developing. With these silk screens the radical performance Pause by Valeska Gert (1892 – 1978) will be put forth. It is based on the only existing picture document, a 1928 printed photo.

At the same time to this, the exhibition “Pause. Valeska Gert: Bewegte Fragmente” at the Hamburger Bahnhof, Museum für Gegenwart, will run until the 6th of February. The show is currently curated by An Paenhuysen and Wolfgang Müller.

Concerning Valeska Gert´s Pause: In the cinema of the 2oth century due to the change of the film acts there were breaks. The managers of cinemas charged artists and musicians to fill in these gaps and bridge these technical discontinuities with short appearances.

Valeska Gerts dancing performance basically and radically experiments in her special realistic aesthetic with the trivial limits of technology. She materializes and doubles phenomena of discontinuity with her body, working with it as a substance. Therewith she opens a fundamental intermediate position to the mainstream during that time period it brought out in the euphoria of the futurists or the cultural pessimism of the conservative revolution.

The artist danced the Pause, using short and single movements that lead to a gesture with crossed arms overhead – and remained frozen “until everyone in the audience felt what a pause implies.” This Non Movement lasted till the end of the film break. “For all arts that are movement, like Happening and Performance, Pause of Valeska Gert is fundamental and similar to the composition 4´33 of

John Cage for the music” writes Wolfgang Müller. (Wolfgang Müller: Ästhetik der Präsenzen. Valeska Gert, Martin Schmitz Verlag, Berlin 2010.)

The installation „Lokomotion“ shows three silk screens which Wolfgang Müller created together with his assistant Hrafnkell Brynjarson from the only reproduced photo of Gert´s performance. The way of a technically established pause with the use of materials and body, displays Gert´s motion of repose. It also focuses a basic question of mankind: An ancient minimal definition of life is the possibility of animation from place to place (Loco-motion). What if the place itself moves? – Human being as a self animated movement? “Pause”, turns into a fundamental political issue and is emblazoned in red letters like the word “strike”!

The gallery invites everyone to meditation, contemplation, providing one leisure in-between calculated economical profit and our right on laziness.

Wolfgang Müller: Lokomotion - Valeska Gert
Lokomotion – Valeska Gert, Wolfgang Müller, screen printing

jesusboutique – Restposten aus Berlin

Opening on Friday, 19. November 2010 at 7 p.m.
only until Sunday, 21. November 2010, 10 pm

jesusboutique: Remaining posts from Berlin, autumn/winter 2010
Remaining items from Berlin, autumn/winter 2011

The artists of jesusboutique collected for more than one and a half year clothes which they found on the streets of Berlin. They cleaned and stored these safely. Now jesusboutique present their collection in a three day exhibition as a stock lot shop that ironically fits into the neighbourhood with its shops “Mode aus Paris” and “Restposten aus London”. Sometimes the found items are even coming from this extremely price reduced shops. Forced by the modern clothing industry, social and ecological exploitation produces as a side effect a current obsolescence that represents itself explicitly in its exercised throw-away mentality. In “Restposten aus Berlin” the significance and its depreciation get together in relation on each other in a changing room.jesusboutique presenting a gratis collection: The spring/summer, autumn/winter 2011!

jesusboutique Restposten from Berlin Galerie Crystal Ball Berlin

Tuddl – New Works,Berlin

Painting, object in the cat salon
Opening on Sat. 27. November 2010 at 8 pm

tuddl new working berlin gallery crystal ball berlin cat art
New Works, Tuddl, Katzenkunst, Bremen 2004

Since the 80ties, in painting, the discovery of artistic work of cats is consistently centre of attraction in the discourse of abstract expressive art. For the first time in Berlin, Tuddl exhibits objects and new works on canvas.The expressive and intense works own a fascinating sensitivity in their spontaneous gesture. The choice of colours and the texture are inimitable in its interaction and satisfy by its intuitive facility. In modern art Tuddls´ Paw Slash Coverings of artworks from human colleagues take an eminent position. With his pads he transformed works and postcards from Walt Disney, Manfred Kirschner, Monika Müller Kroll, Wolfgang Müller, Gerhard Richter, Jelena Simic and others. In request of the artist within the exhibition there will be a cat lounge, as a comparative installation with more pictures from human artists.


jesusboutique – All You Need Is Lost

27. August – 10. October 2010
Sa. 2. October: Long Night of Performance

jesus boutique all you need is lost
All you need is lost , Jesus Boutique:

The actions of the jesusboutique artists focus in their work political and social absurdity. In this relation they unmask the subjective as a reflection of an illusion and distortion of own sense. One could say in their installations and performances jesusboutique act as the narrative element in an apparently demystified outside world. So they offered the Temporäre Kunsthalle including the actual exhibition (curated by John Bock) and associated café and bookshop on the web site “immobilienscout24”. The hall that is to be finally closed and deconstructed on the 31st of august should be, according to the artist duo leaded to a wise aim. Through the fact of its actual installation the building features 3 attached floors with enough space to live. In case that it is to break away categorically, jesusboutique propose that the “Palast der Republik” should be reconstructed to stand as a steady spot for a Kunsthalle in Berlin. It is to fight against waste and hedonism. Political, Social and cultural disparities are to be dissolved. Art is to be dying says jesusboutique, while Jonathan Meese is proclaiming the revolution of it, they claim to release it from its sickness. From the 27th of august the actors of jesusboutique show “All You Need Is Lost” and fill the space with paintings, clothes and what they like to do, of Crystal Ball gallery in Kreuzberg. In winter the first record of jesusboutique will be released.

jesus boutique all you need is lost


Crystal Ball Berlin