Melissa Steckbauer

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Awst & Walther: Ground Control, An Interdisciplinary Forum at PSM Gallery

Awst & Walther. Ground Control: An interdisciplinary forum, 2015 (still); digital animation; infinite loop. Courtesy of the Artists and PSM Gallery, Berlin. Photo: André Wunstorf.

In the dark at PSM Gallery in Berlin, a digital animation is silently breathing. It appears as an inverted landscape split in equal parts by land and sky. A field recedes into the horizon, with a mass of permafrost above and mostly clear blue atmosphere below. Green shrubs flop and slide loosely on the screen, wriggling and dismorphic, moving as they would in an acid[…..]

Maria Lassnig at Capitain Petzel

Maria Lassnig. o.T., (2012), Oil on canvas, 205 x 158 cm. Courtesy of Capitain Petzel, Berlin. Photo: Jens Ziehe.

Maria Lassnig’s current solo exhibition at Capitain Petzel in Berlin takes a quick and investigatory look at her body-awareness paintings. At first glance, Lassnig’s works look crass. She seems to care little for surfaces and even less for her palette: lumpy, grayish figures lie casually upon the surface of the canvas, craftsmanship is squandered, and colors are straight out of the tube. However, at the back of[…..]

Envy: Matias Faldbakken at Galerie Neu

I am watching the film Haywire by Soderbergh and the quality of compressed expressions reminds me of the current exhibition Envy, by Matias Faldbakken up now at Galerie Neu in Berlin. On a first viewing of Faldbakken’s work I was put off by the intellectual deference of the nearly empty showroom–the cool distancing which is so often currency for cultural glamour.  Let’s hope I am mistaken about the[…..]