Day & Knife | 01.06. – 07.07.18

Friday 01.06.18 at 19:00 – Exhibition Opening

Artists: Dan Allon, Olaf Kühnemann, Hugo Mayer, Daniel Maria Thurau

Curated by Ofir Dor

It’s a four men show, on view are their paintings.

With the end of painting behind, and towards the end of the world, they are scavenging from the ruins exhausted symbols to set up a tragic / comic theater.
Blues and Shadows and Moons inhabit their sets. Their protagonists are the lost, the longing and the wandering, the hunted, the beaten-up and the caged.
Mellow in mood and dreamy in temper, their paintings are contemplative and dark, drawn towards a twilight of symbolistic, surrealistic, attentive romanticism.
Thurau’s Moons and Suns, Kühnemann’s Seas and Sail-Boats, aren’t they the requisites for a scene?
A Cloud, the Facade of a House, are they not a backdrop? Stems whose veins go back to Gauguin’s Cloisonnism, where contour defines the objects to separate them, like words forming a sentence, elements confronted and coincide in an arena of hybrid painting.
A veil of mystery is pulled over the paintings, an air of tragedy or disaster.
A black mountain (who might have swallowed an elephant) crouches in the horizon, stares back at us from Thurau’s “Bohemian Raphsody”,
A Killer, a man with a Mattock, Woman with a nightgown sits on her bed, desire, crime and punishment in the drawings of Dan Allon. Hugo Mayer paints crime-scenes, the house of a mass-murderer, trees torn to dust under atomic experiment, his Golem/Scarecrow/Astronaut floats in cubist space.
Pornographic close-ups turned to tiles, by repetition Kuhnemann makes colorful patterns out of them. Hugo Mayer keeps calm, almost informative, facing the image of horror.
Dan Allon’s nightmarish caricatures, drawn point blank at the moment of waking up, then blown-up on the gallery’s walls and window, translate dream material to a functional, graphic descriptions.
The screen, the window, the newspaper. The knife, the scissors, the blues…the Blues!

Image top:
Daniel Maria Thurau, Enter Sandman, 2018, Oil and Oilstock on Canvas, 70x50cm
Courtesy of the Artist

Image top:
Olaf Kühnemann
Courtesy of the Artist

Body Talk | 10.03.18 – 21.04.18

Raffi Lavie, 1987, Acrylic, pencil, collage on plywood,120X120 Courtesy of Givon Art Gallery, Tel Aviv

This exhibition aims at setting up a brief historiography of the body as it is perceived, represented and manifested by Israeli artists from the 1950s until today. On view are works from some of Israel’s most known artists together with a selection of contemporary Israeli artists residing in Berlin. The works of Moshe Kupferman (1926 – 2003) and Lea Nikel (1918 – 2005) are our starting point, chronologically. Like many of their contemporaries they were engaged in an abstract discourse avoiding any direct representation. Kupferman’s paintings are an on-going process of marking and erasing, thus constructing a timespace machine whose generator and scale is the basic move of the painter’s hand. In Nikel’s case the body is transfigured into abstract forms. Possible figures, emotions and inner situations are shaped into colors and spatial relationships.

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Exhibition View: Mother, I have reached the land of my dreams

IDFSome images from our exhibition Mother, I have reached the land of my dreams as part of the ID Festival 2016.

Photos by Ruthe Zuntz

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Mother, I have reached the land of my dreams – CIRCLE1’s Exhibition at the ID Festival Berlin | 21-23.10.16

sandclock-foto-maya-elran3Going back centuries and millennia, the travel routes of migrants tell the story of a humanity ravaged by wars, famine, prosecution and crises. Traversing lands, seas and continents, the pairs of eyes that witnessed and the legs that treaded the land – of those persistent in their search for a better future, if not sheer survival – are the bearers of life experiences that remain largely untold and forgotten, even if the collective fates of migrant populations had merged into the great currents of history, shaping cultures, civilizations, peoples and ethnicities everywhere.

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“RoundAbout” at the ID-Festival: 16-18.10.2015

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RoundAbout, CIRCLE1’s exhibition at Radial System V, as part of ID Festival Berlin, is a group exhibition presenting thirteen Berlin-based Israeli artists. The works chosen for this exhibition aim to provide a critical curatorial reflection on a relatively new phenomenon – the emergence of a major creative community of immigrant Israeli artists who now think of Berlin as their home.

Participating artists: Ofir Dor, Amir Fattal, Liav Gabay, Alona Harpaz, Olaf Kühnemann, Alon Levin, Aharon Ozery, Sharon Paz, Alona Rodeh, Keren Shalev, Noga Shtainer, Amir Yatziv and Sahar Zukerman 

Guest curator: Rotem Ruff

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Alona Rodeh, Olaf Kühnemann and Aharon Ozery in “RoundAbout” – CIRCLE1’s Exhibiton at the ID Festival Berlin

alona rodehRoundAbout, CIRCLE1’s upcoming exhibition at Radial System V, as part of ID Festival Berlin, is a group exhibition presenting thirteen Berlin-based Israeli artists.

Three of the presenting artists are Alona Rodeh, Olaf Kühnemann and Aharon Ozery.

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Past Exhibition: 27.6.2014 – 26.7.2014

Olaf Kühnemann, “Heartworn Highways” 2014

In our current show we host three distinguishable artists: Francesca Fini, Michal Helfman & Olaf Kühnemann. one thing is clear – our space never looked so different. and we have launched our new video space in the basement – so there is certainly a lot to see.

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Olaf Kühnemann – “Heartworn Highways” (27.6 – 26.7)

Olaf Kuhnemann, Heartworn Highways 2014In our next show (which opens on Friday, June 27) we will host the exhibition “Heartworn Highways” by Olaf Kühnemann. In Heartworn Highways Kühnemann works impulsively. Everything derives from imagination, there is no clear narrative. Just like reconstructing a new language, this is an exercise for creativity emerging from the dead end situation of every day studio practice and the challenge for constant productivity and inspiration.

(Text by Jorgina Stamogianni, Independent Curator)

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Francesca Fini – Fair and lost (27.6 – 26.7)

Francesca Fini, Fair and Lost 2013The Italian artist Francesca Fini will be showing in our next exhibition three video works. Francesca is an interdisciplinary artist mainly focusing on new media and interactive media, video and performance art. Her live projects, always addressing social and political issues, are mixed with lo-fi technology, homemade interaction design devices, live audio and video. Primarily interested in video and live art, she also creates artworks assembling performance art ‘relics’ or manipulating video stills.

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Opening exhibition: 23.11.13 – 21.12.2013

_MG_0832Among the pieces exhibited in our current exhibition are Zoya Charkassky’s paintings. Zoya is an Israeli painter born in Kiev. A few years ago she was quoted regarding her unique outspoken way to deal with the Israeli identity & Judaism: “it was never my intention to shock Holocaust survivors. They have had enough shock and horror in their lives. For me it is about coming to terms with such things. If that’s the way a Jew is drawn – then perhaps that’s what he really looks like, perhaps there’s something to it.” Continue reading