bettina marx (b. 1981) is based in bonn, germany and works with painting, printmaking and spatial installations. Her imagery oscillates between abstraction and figuration and builds upon traces of a place’s history or properties. the exhibition title wander, drift, melt and fold hints at the multitude of movements - historical, temporal, meteorological, processual and production-related - that we meet in the work of bettina marx.
the exhibition at fullersta gård is primarily based on a series of works she created after a trip to hälsingland and dalarna in 2018, now shown in sweden for the first time. with an initial interest in the ornamental kurbits paintings by itinerant painters and the famous falu red colour, she visited historical farms in dalarna. In addition, she also visited historical farms in hälsingland listed as unecso world heritage.
a damp, dark cellar, immersed in pink light from plant lamps, a jungle of hanging and lying ceramic sculptures by tiefkeller combined with edible, synthetic-looking objects by the artist duo artist mukbang*. a collection of trees**, which is the starting point and part of tiefkeller's sixth installation, but can only be experienced in an indirect way.
in " -5 " it sprawls, congeals, smacks, drips, rustles, flickers, hangs. the installation oscillates between direct and indirect experience of nature and at the same time questions our relationship to it. what meaning do liveliness and sensuality have in a controlled, digitalized society striving for security? [...]
the relationship with siblings does not only move between competition and friendship, rivalry and loyalty in mythology and biblical stories. it is often one of the longest relationsships in our lives. it is percisly in the similarity of brother or sister that there is usually the greatest potential for tension.
bettina marx's installation "siblings", which was largely created on site at the kunst-station sankt peter, feels and explores the different architectural elements, indentations and depressions of the exposed masonry in the gallery. [...]
at a time when travel is strongly discouraged and when accommodation bans are imposed and regulations formulated for travel returnees, a residency on the subject of travel is an exciting undertaking. for the occasion, artist bettina marx embarked on a digital image and conversation exchange with selbermann, artist of atelier goldstein.
he provided orientation for this in his special poetic way of expression, drawing a cityscape according to his perception and gusto. he regularly linked his interest in buildings, especially towers, with personal anecdotes and memories, locating himself in his surroundings. on this basis, bettina marx has created her own interpretation of the wider goldstein gglerie area. [...]
setareh is pleased to present in august a selection of new works by the artists sassan behnam-bakhtiar, gregor gleiwitz, yang jiechang, maki na kamura, bettina marx, laura sachs, sebastian riemer and bettina scholz.
"heaven and earth in one stroke" is inspired by the two-part work group of the same name
by the chinese artist yang jiechang.
the title is intended to provide a thematic bracket for compositional techniques that, in addition to photography, range in composition from classical oil painting to ink drawing, frottage and the extended practices of painterly deconstruction.
bettina marx shows her debut solo exhibition at SETAREH X within the frame of this year's DC open. In addition to the presentation of large-format paintings on wood and paper and objects made of painted bark, the artist also sees the exhibition space as a part of her installation.
in addition to applying paint with a brush and conventional tools, marx also uses objects from nature or industry as printing forms, such as tree trunks, bark or plastic foil, using them like a stamp or a printing roller to apply paint to the painting surface. the resulting structures are then refined with a brush. [...]
"drumming shards: a scenery is created, spaces of memories emerge in which the viewer can locate himself between individual works and become part of a staging or,
in a broader sense, a choreography. painted spaces between landscape and interior that refer to a journey to china." bettina marx
as much as bettina marx loves her intimate work within the studio, she nevertheless feels a need for external stimulation as a source of inspiration for new developmental steps in her creative production. in 2015, she traveled through england on a journey which—like many others—left its traces in her oeuvre. this is documented by the exhibition room which she designed here in bonn;
the dominant hues of green, black and white are “english” colors for her, colors of nature and of the half-timbered houses that mark england’s landscape. the latter are mirrored in the black-and-white, “half-timber” structure of the object which, placed on the floor, oscillates between sculpture and display cabinet. [...]
in her exhibition at the MO schaufenster, bettina marx, winner of the north rhine-westphalia development prize, combines drawings, paintings and spatial elements to create an installation. colours, structures and patterns intervene in the space, boundaries dissolve. abstract-looking landscapes and drawings find their place. a large wall painting is created. it becomes the centre of the painterly and at the same time poetically questionable overall staging.
the diverse arrangement of individual works responds to the specific spatial situation and invites a choreography of seeing and perceiving.
bettina marx also draws subtle references to works from the collection presentation and integrates her own group of works "nam" from 2016/17, which take up her travel impressions of the landscapes of namibia, into the display window.
the ensemble polter is a multi-part work consisting of two columns, a cushion, drawings and a wall object. the two columns are pieces of wood trunks of different heights and widths, some of which are dyed.
they are stacked on site, depending on the height of the ceiling, and sandwiched between the floor and ceiling using silver envelopes. the wall object is in two parts and consists of a painted fabric and a wooden box picture.
installations by nico joana weber
the surface of things has cracked - a thought awakened by the works shown in the exhibition. artists born in 1980 scratch the surfaces and break them open. be it in photography, painting, sculpture or painting, they let us look into the essence of things through breaks, revisions, mistakes.
how they are constructed, what their deeper meanings are. as leonard cohen indicated with the line from his song "anthem": there is a crack in eyerything / thats how the light get's in. the crack allows the fragility of the designed world to emerge.
the two rooms of the münsterland gallery will be dislocated, disintegrated and recomposed by bettina marx's works. in a playful way, the artist enters the space with finished paintings and prints on the one hand, interweaves them further with works planned especially for the space and complements them with discoveries on the spot.
her spatial works, which were planned in their nature for the premises of the galerie münsterland and respond to the peculiarities of the rooms, thereby enter into a community with the paintings and prints, which precisely through their different possibilities allow a special peculiarity to emerge.
great honour for a great artist: bettina marx received the friedrich vordemberge scholarship of the city of cologne in 2014. on the occasion of this award for visual arts, the artothek is showing the exhibition "BRAHN" by the award winner.
marx has developed a spatial collage especially for the artothek in which she combines the existing with the invented. for her work, she searches for existing niches and spaces and invents new ones, lining them with images that further describe the place.
an art exhibition with anne carnein, vivian greven and bettina marx. the three young artists show works that deal with the theme of landscape in a broader sense.
landscape in a broader sense. the works approach the traditional object through various media and illuminate it on different levels of meaning.
with a multi-faceted programme of music and literature as well as an exhibition opening at the arnsberg art association, the GWK society for westphalian cultural work presents the winners of its sponsorship awards for young artists this year. in cooperation with the city of arnsberg, the award ceremony will take place on sunday, 29 september at 11:30 a.m. in the kulturschmiede arnsberg.
the public is cordially invited to attend. three visual artists, two classical musicians and one writer will be awarded the coveted prizes. the six prizes awarded by the sponsoring association, which is based in münster, have a total value of 35,000 euros. in addition, the GWK includes the prize winners in a multi-year sponsorship programme.
the ART SINCE 2013 exhibition brings together the works created by the scholarship holders at schloss ringenberg over the course of the year. if one understands schloss ringenberg as the centre of life for its residents, the artists, a microcosm is temporarily created within the castle walls.
here the curators jürgen dehm and suzie hermán have found have found seven positions of contemporary art, four from north rhine-westphalia and three from the netherlands. for the scholarship holders' exhibition, these will now be put into dialogue with each other in the exhibition rooms for the first time.
“while a dog is barking, a bird chirping and a tiger roaring, the silence remains silent, only human being “succeeds” to rupture it.“ but what kind of grasp the obliterated silence holds on itself?
despite the individual student’s positions of the class of prof. rosemarie trockel one can feel a certain atmosphere that also suggests a special attitude. [...]