From Frankstein’s Workshop, 2016 | Courtesy of Egan Frantz and Galerie Nagel Draxler
Egan Frantz’s “Anagram Paintings” are based on a twofold investigation of the metric system, and Stéphane Mallarmé’s “secret metric” or “unique number.” Grand in scale, they are marked by edge-to-edge fields of data, laser-singed across their surfaces and complimented by what the artist calls, “colors that become.” Frantz states, “If modernity triumphed at the turn of the century and we did not know it, and if there is a metric behind all artistic license, then like a hummingbird’s wings, the artistic project of investigation and innovation in the 21st century will continually appear to rest between materiality, invisibility, and nothingness.”
Nagel Draxler Kabinett
Nagel Draxler Kabinett was designed by Roger Bundschuh Architects; the same architects who designed the main gallery in Berlin. The opening exhibition of this new space reflects on important artistic positions within the context of recent art history. Its point of departure is Hans-Jörg Mayer’s work “portrait in arms,” of goldsmith Gabi Dziuba (Dziuba Jewels), who was a protagonist in the art scene since the 1980s, along with Günther Förg, Martin Kippenberger, and Heimo Zobernig whose works are also on view.