Vernissage at Fr. 15th. July 2016 at 8 p.m.
to 26. August 2016, 8 p.m.: Finissage with performances by Lydia Karstadt, Rias in the evening, Oliver Voigt and a DJ set by Erochica Bambou
Gabriele Regierts Art shows a special presence, which is created by a virtuoso language of her objects. The artist’s installations, superstructures and objects create a free effect that also moves outside the classical art context. One could claim that they operate contrary to conventional conventions of attention and awareness or set counterpoints through their phenomenology. Their reading and reception is rather performative, because one seems to create a way of seeing the objects and in the installations. Some works sometimes seem unfinished or even accidental, and certain interventions allow us as viewers to wander into hypothetical assumptions. Has the built-in hardboard in the object been designed by the artist or has it been painted by a child before? Is it created or staged? The equality of materials as affect supports a special presence in limbo. It is the presence of the lapidary and the trivial, the forgotten, placed on the road, of the retired thing, which conquers its new meaning. This is precisely the creation, the talent of the artist governed to create a meaningful openness in a long-lasting work process. Contrary to the unambiguousness of an artist’s design, or even a stricter, market-oriented concept, it increases the freedom of works of art in an immanent manner and makes them disappear for us, partly materially. They show a lost functionality, a more reminiscent form, better establish an association, to something intangible, which nevertheless appears and appears. Things themselves are fleeting and unstable, almost spiritualized in their intermediate world. It is also unclear where the work ends or begins. Where is it unique? Where is it equivalent or belongs to something? Irretrievable original becomes material. Own and foreign painting is torn into stripes and weaved into new surfaces or pulled over wooden bodies and enters the room. Own and found. The collected, the left, the processed parts, the tracks and workpieces communicate. The old with the new. The secret and the obvious. The relationships, the connections of things. The archive says: “A big curtain for small pictures”. Gabriele Regiert is a responsible collector and archivist, a precise and unimpressed artist. Your things get to their ideal place at the right time. In the context of material, they occupy a place in this world that suits them and also explains it intuitively. Especially amusing and downright ingenious when a new series of works for the exhibition in Crystal Ball again play “works of art”. Some wooden parts, screwed together, screwed and sawn in, form a wooden body and reach into the room sculpturally. They are true performers. They are not only bodies, but they also embody.
Vernissage at Fr. 10. June at 8 p.m.
With works by Conni Brinzinger, Elke Graalfs, Manfred Kirschner and Frank Schoppmeier.
The exhibition Reality presents a selection of different works with reproductive techniques, which, through their materiality, examine the relationship to their original virtual image.
7. May 2016 – 2-7 p.m., opening on May 2, 2016. May at 2 p.m.
curated by Lydia Karstadt and Julia Psilitelis
Again, the Original! because of the amazing success In May we paint your dadaistic, expessionictic, surrealistic portrait! Fuck Your Selfie, Volume 2. is an open communicative studio project. Artists, visitors and spectators get together in an interactive process at the in- and outdoor space c/o Crystal Ball. You can join the project or/and you are able to get a personal artistic portrait in your beloved style of one of the particpating artists. FYS #2 gives origin alternatives against maniac selfreflection and egomanic tendencies in social life.
With: Ioana Alexe, Jim Avignon, Francoise Cactus, Elke Graalfs, Maike Hartwig, Mareike Hube, Lydia Karstadt, Jenny Löbert, Rudi Paris, Gabriele Regiert, Gabriele Regiert, Inhalt & Sinn, Veronika Schumacher, Berit Schneider, Annette Stemmann, Heike Walter, Gisela Wrede and many more artists
Vernissage at Fr. 12. February 2016 at 7 p.m.
with a performance by Lydia Karstadt
The agency of lonely gloves is a pataphsical project of Crystal Ball gallery for the Winter season 2015/16. If you happen to loose, or have already lost a glove please look through the ALG # 1. You may find the missing half of your separated pair. The agency already has a growing photographic archive of mittens and gloves in the urban settings where they were found. The archive grows bigger every year. The space will be used for performance events and understands itself as a communicative loboratory which focus on the loss and found in our lives. We will inform you about our research and activity. The installation will be opened with a singing performance of artist Lydia Karstadt. The exhibition is curated by Manfred Kirschner. With Chrizzi Heinen, Ulrike Wilkens, Lydia Karstadt, Caroline Keel, Manfred Kirschner, Bettina Lerche, Thilo Staudt and more artists. Please be aware of alternative opening hours during ALG # 1. Do & Fr: 14-19 Uhr and also by appointment.
Vernissage on Sat. 19. December at 2 – 10 p.m. to 10.01.2016
After a successful year 2015 we have two exhibitions as an encore.Crystal Ball shows with l’art et c(h)ampagne: painting by Lothar Lambert, the lost island of West Berlin, as well as the new collages by Manfred Kirschner, both together as a Christmas special. We look forward to your visit! Vernissage with performance, music and cake on Saturday the 19th December from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m., until 10. January 2016.
1.11. – 29.11.2015
Exhibition opening on Sun. 1. November at 4 p.m.
Lothar Lambert will be a guest at Galerie Crystal Ball and Pension Berlin in November. We are very much looking forward to it! Lothar Lambert’s painterly work is as extensive as his cinematic work. The artist’s particular interest here is also given to portraits and images of people, which he produces in a fast-paced, intensive way of working in close succession. A sensitively responsive gesture, the artist creates an intutive and expressive painting with a spontaneous stroke. From a wealthy collection, we exclusively show a selection of paper works and paintings on canvas in the gallery, as well as four films by the artist in the Pension Berlin, with which we work together for this presentation. On Thursdays, the films are shown in the program of the Pension Berlin, which is a few meters from the exhibition space, in the presence of the director.
“King of the Berlin Underground”, “Warhol von der Spree”, “poor man’s Fassbinder”, the labels are just as numerous as his films at the Berlinale, seventeen from a total of almost forty films so far. And he still films them, the hardships, especially the sexual ones, and the small stories of life on the fringes of society, the others, the transvestites, the migrants, the prostitutes, the madmen in the West Berlin biotope.
Lothar Lambert’s films are trash culture, but they also show us the great stories of love, life, freedom that grows in secret – naked and blunt. In the Salon-Kino, on Thursdays at 7 p.m. in the Pension Berlin at Schönleinstraße 33, Kreuzberg:
Dystopian collages by Manfred Kirschner 16. until 25. October 2015
25.9. – 15.10.2015
Art Weak is presenting a free collection of art from the archive of the last eight years. Art Weak is starting just after the Art Week Berlin has closed. With Art Weak, Crystal Ball gallery points out its position in relation to other gallery spaces. Again financial weakness, a smaller space or shortage of manpower is no disclusion from „official“ art. There is no barrier to present strong and innovative art as the establisment wants to let you know. The in- and exclusion strategies of the capitalistic art system is getting more and more transparent and odious. To accept the procedere and maintain to this immoral regiment of rules is not a noble aim for us as many others. The spaces are forming a new movement, where they freely name themselves art or project space or „Off“ spaces. To even use the word gallery is in discredit. ( Even big established gallery spaces are now ironically starting so called project spaces to take part in this movement. ) If this is barely a moderate gesture shall be on the viewers opinion. But even in this network Crystal Ball is different by saying : „We are not Off, We are here! Not Underground, not Mainstream, not any other drawer. We are not willing to accept the categories of a leading authority. We take our responsibility, work on the gallery concept and present art.
The legendary summer: Crystal Ball Construction Site Flea Market – fashion & music -On Saturday, 15. August 2015 from 12 a.m. to 12 p.m.
with Berit, Betty, Caroline, Frank, Igor, Baustelle, Manfred, Tuddl and much more…
Finally, after all, a few months with our fascinating changing installation in front of the gallery we subsecently want to pay homage to the construction. You are invited to our construction-fleahmarket performance.
Vernissage on 17. July 2015 at 7 p.m.
Finissage with cake and music on Sun. 9. August, 2-7 p.m.
Christoph Hegemann’s sculptural work has a rare diversity and ambiguous aura. In his work, the figure is in its primary state and at the same time also a memory. The synthesis of these essentially contradictory aspects constitute a unique position. The sujets of the individual characters and words are poetic, idiosyncratic and thoughtfully circumscribed. Since the Ninetees Christoph Hegemann works with the Verlorene Form. The means of control in the creation process in which you mold an original negative in the soil, and the figures are poured directly in the sand, is also working with the dichotomy of chance. Density and consistency of soil, parts of plants, earthen fragments and sediments come into play and create a unique enigmatic form. The aesthetic sensibility of the earthen material, which appears as an exterior form, molded by aging and erosion, gives the object a gentle mythical presence, which points to something past and invisible.