CHRISTIAN DENZLER: ‹NEUE ARBEITEN›

22 October–21 November 2015

Christian Denzler, who was born in 1966, lives and works in Bern and Brussels. He draws, paints and creates installations and objects, but ever so often he also writes poems, prose and texts accompanying the works of artist friends.

The body is the theme that threads its way through all his works. His early paintings depict stylised, mainly female shapes created with a few, precise lines, often spreading across several canvases. When he moved to Brussels, he gradually moved away from a rather geometric aesthetics and discovered the finely dotted line instead. Using this drawing method, he created highly detailed images of navels and nipples, where there is only the slightest suggestion of a shape, the pencil seemingly caressing the paper like skin.

After this phase, Denzler set out on a rigorous analysis of the portrait, using photographs he found on flea-markets of long dead, anonymous people as models for his incredibly meticulous drawings. Here, the lines are so fine and the transitions from light to dark so subtle that one can never be sure whether the figures are in the process of appearing or disappearing. It is exactly this hard-to-define, elusive realm, this balance between condensing and dissolution, this magic moment of attraction and repulsion the artist is interested in.

The works produced for our exhibition allow a perfect overview of Christian Denzler’s oeuvre. On display are new works based on photographic models, as well as large and medium sized groups in acrylics and coloured pencil oscillating between figuration and abstraction, which he combines with astonishing objects. The exhibition is accompanied by a publication of short, lyric texts produced over the last twenty years, which he had shown in previous exhibitions in the form of linguistic objects or in close dialogue with his drawings and paintings.

Dreiteilige Arbeit, 2015, Acryl auf Leinwand, je 240 x 170 cm
Dreiteilige Arbeit, 2015, Acryl auf Leinwand, je 240 x 170 cm
Dreiteilige Arbeit, 2015, Zwei-Platten-Lithografie, von Hand mit weissem Farbstift überarbeitet, je 100 x 70 cm, gerahmt, Unikat
Dreiteilige Arbeit, 2015, Zwei-Platten-Lithografie, von Hand mit weissem Farbstift überarbeitet, je 100 x 70 cm, gerahmt, Unikat
Sanduhr, 2015, mit sandgestrahlter Gravur (warum/darum), Höhe 25 cm, freistehend auf Sockel
Sanduhr, 2015, mit sandgestrahlter Gravur (warum/darum), Höhe 25 cm, freistehend auf Sockel
 


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Elsbeth Böniger - Prozesse 2004-2019
Filip Haag - Malerei und Zeichnung 2019
Pascal Danz - Works on Paper 2019
Bodo Korsig - Escape from Memory 2019
Kotscha Reist - Comptoire de Mystic 2019
Martin Kasper
Reto Camenisch 2018
Christian Denzler 2018
Martin Kasper - Im Wechsel 2018
Matchpoint 2018
Andrea Heller / Dominik Stauch 2018
Porter à l'envers 2018
Alfred Hofkunst 2018
Silvia Gertsch - Captured 2018
Winter Story 2017
Böniger / Indermühle 2017
Sereina Steinemann 2017
Xerxes Ach - inside outside 2017
Christian Indermühle - Glarea 2017
Peter Wüthrich 2017
Samuel Blaser - Skip the Pit Stop 2017
Filip Haag - Ins Auge 2017
Kotscha Reist - Painting As Usual 2017
Pascal Danz - Vor der Reise 2016
Laurent Schmid 2016
Freyschmidt/Merkisch/à Wengen 2016
Aquaréelles 2016
Com&Com - New works 2016
Reto Leibundgut - Clementine 2016
Erich Weiss feat. Otto Tschumi 2016
ABOUT PAINTING - PART II 2016
Dominik Stauch 2015
Christian Denzler - Neue Arbeiten 2015
Bodo Korsig - No regrets 2015
Filip Haag - Abrakadie & mehr 2015
Kotscha Reist 2015
Samuel Blaser 2015
Pascal Danz 2015
Elsbeth Böniger - Structures 2015
Catching Moments 2014
Now and Here 2014
(Hi)stories 2014
Summerproject 14
Com&Com - Sky 2014
Katia Bourdarel 2014
Otto Tschumi - Variationen 2014
Lorenz Spring - Spring im Winter 2014
En-lighted 2013
Reto Leibundgut 2013
Patterns 2013
Filip Haag - Oder nach Absprache 2013
Mit dem Körper sehen 2013
Samuel Blaser - Diptycha 2013
Originally Bern 2013
Zwischenspiel: PROGR In-House 2013
Kotscha Reist - Old Ideas 2013
Pascal Danz 2013
Dominik Stauch - Rhinestones 2012
Tiefen Wirkungen 2012
Summerproject 2012
On paper 2012
Com&Com - Clouds 2012
Arno Nollen 2012
Locking glass 2012
Raffaela Chiara - Transformer Kit 2012
X Years 2011
Dominik Stauch - Breathless 2011
Marius Lüscher 2011
Reto Leibundgut - Flora 2011
Kotscha Reist - Painting Life 2011
Microcosmes 2011
Elsbeth Böniger 2011
Laurent Schmid - Rope Tricks 2010
Reto Camenisch 2010
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