9. – 18.10.2008
Opening with welcome by the Icelandic Ambassador, His Excellency Olafur Davidsson, Performance: Magnús Pálsson, Rod Summers and Tom Winter
Magnús Pálsson is regarded as an old master of intermedia art. In the early 80ths he was one of the first artists to look for contacts with the emerging icelandic experimental punk scene, and he has made connections to theatre, radio play and film. Together with Dieter Roth, Magnús Pálsson founded The Living Art Museum in Reykjavík. Inspired by the Fluxus art movement, it offered an alternative to the classic art museum. Magnús Pálsson exhibited at Documenta VI in Kassel in 1977, and represented Iceland at the Venice Biennale in 1980. His art is an art of the invisible; which occupies the imperceptible interstices between objects. His sculptures give form to the empty spaces using plasticized molds.
This presentation at Galerie Crystal Ball is Magnús Pálssons’ first solo exhibition in Berlin. Having made audio recordings of the spoken dreams of various people, Pálssons then swaps, cuts, pastes, and otherwise interferes with the dreams to build a multilayered structure. Such compression, interference and dissolving of our nightly visions reflects the very way we remember dreams: their discontinuity and fleetingness. Upon waking, our nightly adventures are re-configured: fragments that are not chronologically defined are suddenly strung together. Associations and wakeful rationality takes over – suspicions vanish; new characters appear.tbar.
Magnús Pálsson, Rod Summers and Tom Winter will present a performance, also entitled “Dreams” for the exhibition opening. The documentation of “Dreams” is availible on neoscenes.net. The exhibition is supported by the Icelandic Embassy and the Walther von Goethe Foundation.
23. 08. – 06. 09. 2008
Opening of the exhibition with performance,
meeting point for the performance at 9 pm, at the Admiralbrücke, Berlin Kreuzberg.
The art work of Flowrian Pauly often develops in contexts of cooperation projects. In his first exhibition at Crystal Ball gallery Flowrian shows now two single projects installations which invite the recipient into an active role. The opening performance „Erleuchtungsdroschke“ playing with the context of pilgrimage and procession, negotiates with the idea of personal expectations of religious myths and icons. The affectionately builded construction of the hackney stays in contrast to the structure of a sarcastic ritual action. The participant is left with questions: Did you follow the pied piper? Is the artist saviour or demagogue of apparently innovative statements? Where does the art context go to?
Flowrians second work: The Neuro installation creates a growing production of an art- value system. The Neuro banknotes as a romantic alternative draft stands up against the monetary measure of value. By exchange and infiltration into the Neuro banknote system we are able to transform and re- humanise the assessments. Both works draw up a form of positive privatisation, an optional partake and responsibility of our own free and idiosyncratic action in superior systems and disclose the estimation and significance of it.
08. 08. – 21. 08. 2008
Astrid Küvers AK Bildausschnitte, a multiple work in progress has developed parallel to her other work in order to secure her economic working situation. The pieces are knitted out of wool and streched on wooden frames ironically refer to historical art experiences and results in different ways. The obvious comparision with the experimental works on canvas of the sculptor Fontana, where the surfaces were cut and opened up to the three- dimensionality is reminiscent as a direct hint. In contrast to the sculptural gesture of her famous male colleague, wich opened the 2 dimensional pictoral space with a reductive destruction, Küvers works have this transcendence already in her construction plan.
The opened space is contained in the creation and the knitting plan of the AK Bildauschnitt. The passages themselves look like physically usabale motives and sometimes have aspects of penetration. The banal material, the use of common pullover patterns and cuffs are pointing against the male artistic gesture and attitude, wich is searching for fame and exploration. Apart from this Astrid Küvers objects are working even more relevant on the classification and revaluation of actual aesthetic experience.
06. 06. -11. 07. 2008
Finissage with DJ Mono Michalke and DJ Catastrophe
Lucifer Yellow could be the name of a super hero out of the world of cartoons. But this title even works for interpretation and reception of the new large scale, grafic works of the artist Hannes Niepold.
Lucifer Yellow is a neon coloured chemical substance, used in brain surgery as well as micro- biology in order to show nerve structures and tiny cell parts.
In difference to that, the artist´s formal metaphor using black and white images wich are created by emptyness and imagination. Empty speech bubbles, blank frames and invisible comments are forming its own style, that correspond in undefined and superficial places without a reconstructable action. With a logic of a night dream, strange constructions, abandoned highway rest stops, horrible woods at night are materialized places for these imaginary story boards- the invisible unknown. Through this accociative structure, it´s provocative collection of blank spaces, the viewer gets the option for a unlimeted interpretation. Hannes Niepolds „Lucifer Yellow“ describes maybe this emanation, to uncover and release the structures and analysis, without telling its inner sense.
18. 04. -30. 05. 2008
Exhibition opening with performance by the artist
and music of The Cowboy Killers
The artist Silke Thoss, alias Silky who many also may know from her innovative music projects will realize for her second exhibition in the Crystal Ball an installation, that will transform the whole gallery space into an american shop. Regarding this, the offered products in Silkys „Wal- Art“- Shop are coming out of her self- made, ironically painted parallel world. A one, that is more american, enigmatically bad, than that, we easily associate through our cultural experience with the U.S.A. in general.
11. 03. -11. 04. 2008
In his first exhibition at galerie Crystal Ball, the American painter Stu Mead, who lives in Berlin, shows current, sensitively made portraits. The artist chooses his models in the sense of completing his oeuvre and with this strategy is completely in the tradition of old masters. In addition to these surprisingly silent works, a selection of the artist’s erotic series of works is also represented.
With the stylistic means of pictorial ideas, which are partly reminiscent of a pictorial world of wit and erotic leaves of the 1950s, Stu Mead interpolates and provokes our own way of looking at it in detail, thereby debunking the voyeuristic view of our gaze.
7. 12. 2007 – 05. 01. 2008
Exhibition Opening: Performance with facial pastries at the cake buffet
Beside their own positions, in this exhibition, the artists are presenting tarts and cakes who wear the portraits of their artist friends and serve them in their cake performance. The project „eat the poor artist“ refers in a funny way by its cannibalistic aspects to the resorption, reception and social valuation of artistic work anyhow.
09. 11. -30. 11. 2007
Installation/ Performance/ Exhibition opening with a performance by the artist
For the creation of the concept of this exhibition the icelandic artist and performer Sara Björnsdottir used the positive diggestive and mental stimulating profits of red wine. Parallel to this, the resulted intoxication became titelgiving theme of the installation of the gallery space. At the vernissage Sara Björnsdottir will present her newest performance work Enlightenment.
06. 10. – 03. 11. 2007
Veronika Schumacher works with Pop strategies. She´s transforming sujets and images from pulp fiction novels, comics, museum catalogues and popular science books into her drawing work. The artist is creating an iconographic growth of pictures, that captures over the classical borders of defined artwork on ornamental wallpapers, the gallery rooms.
08. 09. – 02. 10. 2007
In miniature installations of spaces, interieurs and processes which consciously deviate in their measurements slightly from realism, the artist creates a detailed image of objects that distinguish our remembrance of things. Christian Nils Haake does not use any corrective measurement or copy for the creation of his miniatures, he builds them purely by his memories. The exhibition presents a new title giving work, a small sized, detailed installation of a messy living room.