And thus we existed: Galerie Max Hetzler, Berlin
Galerie Max Hetzler is pleased to announce the solo exhibition And thus we existed with paintings, drawings and sculptures by Glenn Brown at Bleibtreustraße 45 and the gallery's new space at Bleibtreustraße 15-16.
One of Britain's most revered contemporary artists, Glenn Brown works across painting, drawing and sculpture, taking as his source material reproduced imagery from art history and popular culture. At the core of his practice is the blending of artistic periods and stylistic genres. Transcending time and pictorial conventions, Brown's work disarms common distinctions between beauty and abjection, heightening the emotive tension present within.
The sources for Brown's practice are found in the works of Old Masters, Surrealists or artists such as Karel Appel, Frank Auerbach or Georg Baselitz, as well as sci-fi painters like Chris Foss. Deliberately drawing from reproductions, Brown manipulates their imagery with Photoshop, often beyond recognition, before transposing them into works of an unparalleled uncanniness, where colours and forms undergo further re-assessment. Conceptually distinct from Appropriation Art, Brown's artistic process demonstrates where his focus essentially lies; not in the base image per se, but rather in the possibilities which derive from it.
Glenn BrownIm Gestein, 2019Oil and acrylic paint on panel192.9 x 122 x 1 cm (78 3/8 x 48 1/8 in) panel size
199.5 x 128.5 x 5.5 cm frame size
Glenn BrownAnd Thus We Existed, 2019Oil and acrylic paint on panel197.6 x 122 x 0.6 cm (78 x 48 1/8 in) panel size
204.1 x 128.1 x 5.5 cm frame size
Glenn BrownDrawing 1 (after Menzel), 2019Indian ink and acrylic paint on film over cardboard, frame44.3 x 32.5 cm sheet size
69 x 56 x 7 cm frame size
Glenn BrownDrawing 2 (after Delacroix/Raphael), 2019Acrylic paint on film over cardboard, frame89.5 x 74 cm sheet
109.2 x 94 x 6 cm framed