Galerie Crystal Ball

Juwelia – Putzi Dreams

10. – 21. 11. 2008
Vernissage with Performance
Further performances: 24th, 31st, 10.
and the 7th, 14th, 11-21st.
Finissage with Performance

Juwelia, photo: Annette Frick

Die bekannte Berliner Travestie und Performance Künstlerin Juwelia wird im Oktober/November zu Gast in der Galerie Crystal Ball sein. Die Ausstellung zeigt einen Überblick der aktuellen Strategien der Künstlerin. Malerei, Performance und Installation bilden über ein liebevoll gestaltetes Ambiente das Meublement einer leuchtenden Gegenwelt voller Blumenbouqets, Torten, Schoßhündchen und Selbstinszenierungen. Eine urbane Insel der gescheiterten und erfüllten Liebesgeschichten materialisiert sich. Juwelias feinsinnige Spitzen menschlicher Erfahrung blitzen dabei kontrastierend in ihrem bewusst trashigen Diseusen Vortrag umso stärker hervor.

Zur Eröffnung und an weiteren Terminen am Freitag wird Juwelia Auszüge aus ihrem aktuellen Performance Programm in der “Kristallkugel” darbieten.

Magnús Pálsson – Dreams

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: Jón, Foto Þóra Siguròardóttir

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 The exhibition is supported by the Icelandic Embassy and the Walther von Goethe Foundation.

Flowrian Pauly – Neuro und die Erleuchtungsdroschke

23. 08. – 06. 09. 2008
Opening of the exhibition with performance,
meeting point for the performance at 9 pm, at the Admiralbrücke, Berlin Kreuzberg.

Die Erleuchtungsdroschke, Flowrian Pauly

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.

Astrid Küver – AK Bildausschnitte

08. 08. – 21. 08. 2008

AK Bildausschnitte, Astrid Küver

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.

Hannes Niepold – Lucifer Yellow

06. 06. -11. 07. 2008
Finissage with DJ Mono Michalke and DJ Catastrophe

Hannes Niepold Lucifer Yellow
Yellow, Hannes Niepold Lucifer

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.

Silke Thoss – I Am More American Than You

18. 04. -30. 05. 2008
Installation/ Painting
Exhibition opening with performance by the artist
and music of The Cowboy Killers

I Am More American Than You, Silke Thoss, Painting on Wood

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.

Stu Mead – Devil's Milk

11. 03. -11. 04. 2008

Portait by Marielle, Stu Mead, Painting

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.

Marion Bösen & Anja Fussbach – Warum essen sie denn keinen Kuchen?

7. 12. 2007 – 05. 01. 2008
Installation/ Performance
Exhibition Opening: Performance with facial pastries at the cake buffet

Why don’t they eat cake?, Marion Bösen & Anja Fussbach, Performance

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.

Sara Björnsdottir – INTOXICATION

09. 11. -30. 11. 2007
Installation/ Performance/ Exhibition opening with a performance by the artist

Intoxication, Sara Björnsdottir

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.

Veronika Schumacher- In Prison For Beeing Vicious

06. 10. – 03. 11. 2007
Installation/ Painting

In Prison For Beeing Vicious, Veronika Schumacher

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.

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