Galerie Jahn is showing works by 12 artists in total in the “KOMMT ZUSAMMEN” (Coming Together) group exhibition, the proceeds of which are going to benefit palliative care for children in Lower Bavaria. Thanks to the Berlin artist Michael Sailstorfer’s initiative, the gallery has been able to attract young upcoming artists for this good cause, alongside internationally renowned artists. The select works by Isa Genzken, Andreas Golder, Katharina Grosse, Gregor Hildebrandt, Olaf Holzapfel, Nathan Hylden, Annette Kelm, Thomas Kratz, Alicja Kwade, Naama Alex Levy, Michael Sailstorfer and David Zink Yi present a varied selection of painting, photography and sculpture works that intricately interact with one another through their breadth of variation using materials such as concrete, Nordic gold, aluminium, straw, hay or cassette tape.
For example, Gregor Hildebrandt’s canvas “und dann lassen wir uns suchen – über’s radio (2 Raumwohnung)” (and then let us search for ourselves – through the radio (2 room apartment), which is assembled using cassette tape with music recorded on it, has a media link with Isa Genzken’s well-known “Weltempfänger” (World Receiver) made out of concrete, if you consider the works with regard to their implied sound character. Annette Kelm’s “Paisley and Wheat, Orange #2” photograph where wheat stalks are arranged together with an orange paisley cloth into a collage, shows stalks that could have come from Olaf Holzapfel’s lush, relief-like designed straw picture. Possibly fundamentally different works at first glance due to their different colour and materiality, the paper work saturated in colour by Katharina Grosse and the dark, monochrome pictures of dust by Andreas Golder are initially diametrically opposed to each other but incorporate a clearly similar direction in their gestures. A subtle link, like the one that also exists between Michael Sailstorfer’s “Knoten” (Knots) cast aluminium structure and Isa Genzken’s “Weltempfänger”; in both cases the form of the objects has been translated into different materials. The almost monochrome designed canvases in pastel colours by Nathan Hylden and Thomas Kratz whose surface qualities are reflected in the black and white photographs by David Zink Yis appear comparably discreet. The surfaces’ form appears in his picturesque photo series as tar areas that have been applied to asphalt for repair purposes. Naama Alex Levy’s series of photo collages with a layering of coloured mountain structures once again creates perplexity, just as it occurs in Michael Sailstorfer’s large format canvas “Maze 16”, albeit in another guise. In this work, the viewer is expected to attempt to find their way through an extract of a bright labyrinth using contrasting black marking. While Sailstorfer therefore suggests possible paths, Alicja Kwade has already placed the first coins in a suitable frame with her work “Gamble” made out of glittering Nordic gold. At the end of the day everyone is therefore coming together to benefit from the power of interaction and help critically ill children.
Naama Alex Levy
David Zink Yi