exhibition fishing for compliments . may 27th - July 4th 2015
OPENING . wed may 27th 2015 18 - 20
CLOSING . sat july 4th 2015 13 - 16
fishing for compliments -an art gallery becomes an ocean
Dolphins can be found in every ocean but only very rarely are they spotted in an art gallery in Basel.
Roland Faesser’s dolphins were created at the tail end of the 1990’s and have lost nothing of their freshness since then. The exact size of the individual animal is impossible to determine because each of the nine specimens denies the viewer sight of its snout and smiling countenance. The powerful and spirited movements of the dolphin bodies project into the gallery space and take us with them into a playful imaginary water world.
The leaping dolphins weave around the images of Katja Colling - or is it Colling’s artworks who seductively attract and enmesh the untiring swimmers? We see geometric forms applied in oil impasto, scraps of textiles or paper integrated into or sometimes stubbornly set apart from an image’s composition. The colourful mix of paints in combination with textile materials creates a fresh look with an intense haptic presence and materiality which entice and spellbind the viewer. Royal blue dolphins swim whistling and chattering between Colling’s artworks - fishing for compliments.