where I end and you begin

22. 03. – 25. 05. 2024
Ina Gerken   Gabriele Herzog   Anke Weyer   Jongsuk Yoon

The aim of the exhibition where I end and you begin is to present a younger generation of painters who are exploring the possibilities of abstract painting today and transferring tradition from its conventional past into a fresh, vibrant present. Common to all four artists Ina Gerken, Gabriele Herzog, Anke Weyer and Jongsuk Yoon is the reference to life, nature and time, with the artists acting as catalysts for the search for what is essential and alive, the collective memory and our interconnectedness with the world around us. By abstracting different states of consciousness into a visual, spatial experience, the artists collectively engage with human experiences and desires, investigating into the relationship between one’s surroundings and selfhood. They explore our reliance on nature as well as the fundamental understanding that nature is infinitely larger than any individual life and how it underpins our very own existence.

Ina Gerken

*1987 in Speyer, Germany, lives and works in Dusseldorf

Dancing back and forth between form and surface, Ina Gerken is developing an indissoluble body of work that is surprising and unique in its artistic nonconformity. Emerging amid the gestural scribbles and layerings are streaks, tangles, grids, structures, patterns, waves, clouds, stripes, fans, and much more… Natural chaos or chaotic nature in all its inimitable beauty, Gerken’s painting are a glimpse into the essence of things and world with no clear up or down. (Gregor Jansen, 2022)

Ina Gerken received her BA from the Kunsthochschule Mainz and her MA from the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf.

Ina Gerken
Hydro
2024
Acryl, pastels and silk paper on canvas
210 x 200 cm | 82 5/8 x 78 3/4

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Ina Gerken
Air
2024
Gouache, Acrylic and silk paper on canvas
150 x 130 cm | 59 x 51 1/8 inches 

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Ina Gerken
Island
2023
Acrylic on canvas
170 x 160 cm | 66 7/8 x 63 inches

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Gabriele Herzog

*1965 in Basel, Switzerland, lives and works in Berlin

Gabriele Herzog’s amorphous and organic paintings depict the harmonious balance between opposing elements and energies. The relationship between positive and negative space is explored through the contrast of subtle and bold application of paint creating elements of intense, dynamism and  areas of quiet, peace and neutrality. Her focus  is line and colour, always using raw untreated canvas to express only the essential. The works, which appear reduced at first glance, reflect complex visual perceptions and create layers that oscillate between figuration and abstraction.

Gabriele Herzog received her BA from Schule für Gestaltung Basel, Switzerland, her MA from the University of the Arts London, Camberwell College of Arts, UK and her Postgraduate Dip from Central School of Art London, UK.

Gabriele Herzog
Mid-Blue Spring
2024
Oil stick, oil, acrylic and gesso on raw cotton canvas
155 x 110 cm | 61 x 43 1/4 inches

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Gabriele Herzog
Cadmium Flash
2024
Oil stick, acrylic and gesso on raw cotton canvas
200 x 140 cm | 78 3/4 x 55 1/8 inches

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Gabriele Herzog
Super Loop
2024
Oil stick, gouache, acrylic and gesso on raw cotton canvas
30 x 25 cm | 11 3/4 x 9 7/8 inches

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Gabriele Herzog
Summer Heat
2024
Oil stick, gouache, acrylic and gesso on raw cotton canvas
44 x 35 cm | 17 3/8 x 13 3/4 inches

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Gabriele Herzog
Mountain-Blue
2024
Oil stick, oil, acrylic and gesso on raw cotton canvas
25 x 35 cm | 9 7/8 x 13 3/4 inches

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Anke Weyer

*1974 in Karlsruhe, lives and works in New York

Anke Weyer’s abstract paintings act like mirrors reflecting the physical act of painting, with expressive, colorful gestures suggesting the artist’s scale and body. Weyer’s canvas works take on the challenge of monumental scale, and are best exemplified by the meandering, looping, heavy line dominating her surfaces. Such heavy lies—alongside the paint splatters and smudges applied by brushes, hands, blades, and rags that dominate her surfaces—index the placements of Weyer’s gesticulating arm. The works thereby function as a kind of portal to a punkish prelingual energy, contained like footprints or fossils on the works’ surfaces.

Working en plein air on a platform in her backyard, Weyer favors the uncontrollable context in which she paints. Weyer’s relationship to the natural world presents a unique set of trials and advantages, from weather’s consequences on the body and its effect on her materials, to her liberating ability to cast her paints freely about, the ever-shifting quality of natural light, and a more expansive sense of scale. Operating outside the carefully managed ecosystem of an indoor studio, Weyer therefore embraces chance and accident in her works, which express an unrestrained, fulsome approach to nonfigural painting.

Anke Weyer attended the Staatliche Hochschule für bildende Künste Städelschule, Frankfurt am Main and undertook an exchange semester at the Cooper Union, New York.

Anke Weyer
Softly
2023
Oil and acrylic on canvas
170.2 x 119.4 cm | 67 x 47 inches

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Anke Weyer
Not hot enough
2023
Oil and acrylic on canvas
170.2 x 116.8 cm | 67 x 46 inches

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Anke Weyer
Truck
2023
Oil and acrylic on canvas
172.7 x 121.9 cm | 68 x 48 inches

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Jongsuk Yoon

*1965 in Onyang, Republic of Korea, lives and works in Düsseldorf, Germany

At first glance, Jongsuk Yoon´s paintings seem to belong to the tradition of Abstract Expressionism. While she is indeed familiar with the paradigms of European and American modernism, thanks to her studies at the academies of art in Münster and Düsseldorf, she is also influenced by the traditions of her home country and by an Asian sense of form, especially regarding Asian landscape painting and its specific two-dimensionality.

In Jongsuk Yoon’s work, traces of condensed temporality, corporeality, memory, and biography intersect and result in idiosyncratic pictorial worlds that display an impressive range of colors. Although Yoon’s color palette reveals a broad range, she only rarely uses black, white, or red, and when she does, they serve as accents or strong gestures. The paintings are structured by formal elements and layers of paint applied precisely on top of and next to each other, their deliberate arrangement evoking narratives and traces of implied landscape elements. Yoon calls her works, some of which are based on a meditative painting process, “mindscapes” or “landscapes of the soul” that allow her to articulate her inner emotions.

Jongsuk Yoon first studied at the Kunstakademie in Münster, later she was a student at the Kunstakademie in Düsseldorf. Eventually, she received her MA from the Chelsea College of Art in London.

Jongsuk Yoon
Die Donau
2020
Oil on canvas
170 x 200 cm | 66 7/8 x 78 3/4 inches

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Photo Credits ©
Gabriele Herzog: Eric Tschernow
Anke Weyer: Studio Anke Weyer
Ina Gerken: unknown
Jongsuk Yoon: Markus Wörgötter, Courtesy Galerie nächst St. Stephan Rosemarie Schwarzwälder