Martin Eder is a German artist based in Berlin, whose nightmarish and perverse paintings abound with contradicting romantic cliches and infantile desires; his work displays lolitas in pornographic poses that are montaged with skycaps, warm bedroom interiors, and saccharine, girly kitsch that includes oversized crying kittens, giant candy, songbirds, fluffy poodles, puffy clouds, and cuddly white bunnies. Eder works exclusively from photographic references, making full use of high contrast and flat shadows and edging subjects with cyan and magenta. His paintings look imperfect and rushed in places, as if he works on his paintings only until they seem convincingly realistic enough. This slightly unpolished quality facilitates the paintings’ exploitative, creepy aesthetic and especially affects his female subjects, making them feel nondescript; the consequences of this purposeful lack of care in turn references the faceless and aggregative nature of pornography.A recurrent aura of seediness and the slightly distorted proportions of Eder’s subjects are reminiscent of the work of German Expressionist Otto Dix, although the anonymity of Eder’s subjects is a theme not reflected in those of Dix.
Dan Attoe has a new show up in Berlin at Peres Projects. The places in Attoe’s new work are psychologically pregnant. Some feature groups of people doing a focused activity together, like camping or going to a dirt track demolition derby. There’s enough detail that we can put ourselves into the places, and hear the moon crickets, or smell the b.o., beer, and car exhaust mixing into a sort of glorious perfume. Many artists are concerned with myth making, and that’s because we live on the Earth, but in a world. A world isn’t a physical thing – it’s a story we tell ourselves to make sense of our experience. Attoe’s newest work conjures places in order to get at the heart of that human story, and he’s weaving a spell of world-making as much as image-making here. All the images in this post are courtesy of Peres Projects. Dan’s show is up until November 5th.
Magnus Pettersson… is a name I would want if I were a guy. He is also an editorial photographer working from Berlin. While I do enjoy his portraits, it’s his personal portfolio that I am very interested in. This is because the people in his work appear transient within their environment – they just dissolve into the atmosphere.
Like graffiti? Me too! And you’ll find some of the best graffiti art within the city of Berlin. Perhaps its for this very reason the Circleculture Gallery is focused on promoting urban art & artists such as Daniel Tagno. This Berlin-based grafitti artist has been playing with the configuration of his paintcans into a tool he calls the gadget to manipulate their patterns; like writing with multiple pens in parallel, and the results are beautiful! Daniel also takes his art beyond the paintcan in his series titled FÜR SEMPRE and beyond the walls with his PAINTINGS.
Juan Arata is an artist from Argentina now living in Berlin. His paintings are nothing other than imaginative and provocative.
In the “About” section of his website, Jo Wilmot writes: “Juan Arata’s nihilistic paintings explore the contemporary consumer culture and installation. He state that we are almost completely shaped by the brands we interact with. The characters in Arata’s paintings are miserable, trapped, branded and confused. The miserable, ugly subjects appear to be attempting to copy the lifestyle they have seen depicted in the media but fall short. They are just not good looking enough, they are too unhappy, too stupid or too old…”