Künstlerhaus Bethanien

Daydreams & Dark Sides

06 - 30 Apr 2008

Daydreams & Dark Sides
6th – 30th April 2008, Studio 1
Finissage on 30th April: open until 10 pm

ATAK (Georg Barber), Tilo Baumgärtel, Thomas Helbig, Andreas Hofer, Britta Lumer, Bernhard Martin, Sophia Schama, Markus Selg, Ruprecht von Kaufmann, and Ralf Ziervogel

The exhibition "Daydreams & Dark Sides" pays witness to our indefinable age – transitory moments as the counterpart to a reduction of art to simple functions and platforms of discourse that deliberate over the merely superficial.
Every person probably has his dreams, every night, but they evaporate with his first look into the mirror next morning. The exhibition searches for those obsessive experiences between night and day, for dark inner images and scorching daydreams. The dream has always played a great part in the work of many artists, although it is rarely found in a directly narrated form. Their works celebrate the material texture of dreams in painting, drawing and sculpture until it becomes a dream in its turn; in other words – it becomes a riddle, a mystery.
"Daydreams & Dark Sides" is presented as the reverse of (perhaps also a background, underground, counter position to) the Berlin Biennial 2008; rich in subtle, surprising insights, it appears as a textbook of emotions, deceptions and transformations. The participating artists aim to resist the commonplace, asserting a select personal language in the field of total communication.

"Daydreams & Dark Sides" is being realised with kind support from the Governing Mayor of Berlin, Senate Offices – Cultural Affairs.

Tags: Tilo Baumgärtel, Thomas Helbig, Andy Hope 1930, Ruprecht von Kaufmann, Bernhard Martin, Markus Selg, Ralf Ziervogel