LUKAS SCHMENGER & RALPH SCHUSTER
Lose All Your Strength
Private View 2nd Sept 2021, 6-9pm
Open by appointment 3rd Sept - 9th Sept
The Age of the Capricorn.
A flight over the earth, the bird’s-eye view of everything gliding into the overview. I could never stand physics, until we put the fishes into show cabinets.
Trees that become branches; cliffs that become landslides. The river that gets lost in puddles. The wind that moves the leaves of the trees and the light which magnifies and ruffles them. When I create compositions, I apply my entire knowledge of homeopathy.
A man preparing for mellification should regularly bathe in honey and only eat honey until his secretions consist only of what he has soaked and ingested.
Ghosts dance on Procrustes’ bed. First, I would like to moor the ship. In my youth, I experienced two to ten situations where the original state had separated from the body. Where the mind raced, and I had the sensation of not being able to move.
The couple: organless bodies and organized bodies.
It is a monument of micro traces.
That’s how it is; the hand symbolizes the grandfather on the road and the mind runs back and forth like a child; now and then, into the forest and then back on the road again.
Why do your landscapes have no eyes?
I can sense the energy. Seeing is excluded and the feet are more on the earth than in weeks beforehand.
When I work with scissors, I think of Matisse. When I work with the knife, I think of Fontana. He drilled a hole to hang a picture over it.
Olivia Akerman, 2021
Ralph Schuster was born in Freiburg im Breisgau in 1982, studied painting with Walter Dahn at the Braunschweig University of Art (HBK) and lives in Cologne. He has received numerous awards, including a scholarship from the Stiftung Kunstfonds, project funding from the Kunststiftung NRW, the studio scholarship from the Kölnischer Kunstverein, the one-year scholarship from the State of Lower Saxony in the field of art. Ralph Schuster‘s works have been shown, among others, PROVINZ Edi- tions Bochum/Berlin, at Linn Lühn, Düsseldorf in the Kölnischer Kunstverein, the Kunsthalle Recklinghausen, the Philara Collection, Düsseldorf, at Sprüth Magers, Berlin, the MAI 36 Gallery, Zurich and in the Bonner Kunstverein.
Lukas Schmenger was born in Filderstadt, Germany in 1981 and lives and works in Cologne. He studied with Thomas Grünfeld at Kunstakademie Düsseldorf and was Artist-in Residence in Istanbul (Kunststiftung NRW), Andratx (CCA) and Paris (Cité Internationale des Arts). His works have been exhibited, among others, at Braunsfelder (Cologne), Sammlung Philara (Düsseldorf), Arp Museum (Rolandseck), Museum for Painting (Varna), Osthaus Museum (Hagen) and Museum Insel Hombroich (Neuss).