Kunsthalle: Tobias Gerber, Diederik Gerlach: plaster drawings, sculptures, work on paper and paintings
The title of the exhibition is an ironic reference to the German ‘Kunsthalle’, a huge exhibition hangar where art has to comply with the vision of the curator. Diederik Gerlach (1956) and Tobias Gerber (1961) are in charge of their own Kunsthalle in the gallery.
In his work, Diederik Gerlach approaches reality from the perspective of the game, according to Schiller’s adage ‘…er is nur da ganz Mensch wo er spielt…’ (…he is only completely a man when he plays…). He uses his own memories and experiences, and draws from visual material from the 1950s in order to construct a new reality. The series works on paper Elf Brüder (Eleven Brothers), Acht Schwestern (Eight Sisters) and Jaap Boon, are partly autobiographical. Jaap Boon chronicles the adventures of a 10-year-old boy, of which also a video was made in collaboration with Eric de Vries.
Tobias Gerber (1961) shows a series of plaster drawings, made by first scratching a depiction into a slab of soft clay and subsequently pouring plaster over it. After casting, the drawing is left on the plaster in low relief. Gerber compares the plaster drawings to bathroom mirrors that not only show a reflection of yourself, but can also be used to reflect on art. He quotes artists like Bracque, Buffet, Jorn and Kline, but also his own father who made abstract paintings in the 1950’s. In this way, he unites modern art history in a solidified picture gallery. Because of their white colour, the works appear to be identical, but on closer inspection the various styles and depictions slowly emerge from the surface.