ORNAMENT UND VERBRECHEN — LAGE EGAL #194
Grand opening Monday, 1st of MAY, 2023, 4pm — 8pm
MAY 2 — 27, 2023, opens Thu — Sat, 3pm — 6pm
Also open by chance or appointment
LAGE EGAL CURATORIAL PROJECTS
Strausberger Platz 19, 10243 Berlin
We have found a new temporary space on the occasion of the Berlin Gallery Weekend at Strausberger Platz 19, located within one of the historic neoclassical Hermann Henselmann towers, also known as “Haus des Kindes”, and holds significant historical and architectural value. The title of the first exhibition takes inspiration from the renowned essay by architectural theorist Adolf Loos, who asserted that ornament was a sign of decadence and violence in modern society.
The selected artworks by FRANZISKA REINBOTHE and BEN GREBER reinforce the connection between aesthetics and violence while offering unique perspectives on processes of transformation, modification, and the relationship between aesthetics and history.
FRANZISKA REINBOTHE’s paintings defy conventional boundaries by stretching, folding, breaking, cutting through, and/or sewing up the canvas after the painting process. Through these unconventional techniques, the artist experiments with control and chance, using deconstruction as a form of creation.
In contrast, the works of BEN GREBER focus on de-objectification and the increasing invisibility of essential processes and contexts that sustain life and society in modern times. By combining materials such as acrylic glass, cardboard, and stainless steel, GREBER reflects on themes like architectural remnants of human intervention in the utilitarian landscape. The resulting objects can be viewed as fragments of a larger whole.