Group Show with Hannah Blumas, Julian Charrière, Marta Dyachenko, Abie Franklin, Richard Green, Andreas Greiner, Daniel Hölzl, Klaus Jörres, Anton Roland Laub, Simon Mullan, Florian Neufeldt, Monty Richthofen, Marie von Heyl, Jonas Wendelin
Location—Lobe Block, Böttgerstraße 16
Opening—26 Apr 2023, 6 to 9 PM
The sculptures, paintings, site-specific and text-based works of the show probe individual human sensations associated with the idea of an arrival, physically, emotionally, or intellectually, deliberately conceived in theses broad terms. The exhibition’s title combines this reference with the concept of a rivalry. The story of an arrival is always a story of both a fresh start and something left behind. The inevitable result is a rivalry between a place A and a place B—between the feelings and memories bound up with the old and familiar and those aroused by the potentiality of the new. The exhibition surveys these tensions that unfold in the intermediate realm of states, scenes, and spheres: from home to refuge, from the interior into the great wide open, from the bowels of the earth to dizzy heights and back underground. Last but not least, a(r)rival confronts us with diverse materials in a variety of forms, contexts, and functions—as both heralds of a new start and witnesses to past times.
Anxiety of Subimago
“At his most painterly, his outlines bleed into body, and the borders between expression and accident blur. Some of his compositions teeter right on the precipice of falling apart, held together ‘just so’ by only the most lightly worn technique, and an eye that knows an awful lot about the historical canon. The latter has seen enough to know that the nature of the pictorial imaginary is always in flux. In their many-coloured coolness, Dúbravský’s figures are contemporary subjects.”
Excerpt from Andrej Dúbravský, Naturist by Nadim Samman, Last Party for Diversity, Museum Bensheim, 2022
Dittrich & Schlechtriem are pleased to present our fifth solo show with Andrej Dúbravský. Titled Anxiety of Subimago, the exhibition opens on the occasion of Gallery Weekend Berlin, Friday, April 28, 2023 and is on view through July 1, 2023. The exhibition is open for previews beginning on Wednesday, April 26, and continuing through Friday, April 28, from 11 AM to 6 PM.
Dúbravský presents an empathetic yet critical study of the environment and its progressing devastation. The Anxiety of Subimago points to an unresolved tension between humankind and nature, resulting in frustrating restlessness akin to an adolescent subimago state—a winged preadult life stage of the delicate-looking mayfly. Over a layered wall, an installation of molted studio canvases, Dúbravský presents a series of new large-format acrylic paintings on canvas with sweaty renderings of huddled running bodies paired with deserted landscapes and small-format portraits of pollinating bees and insects in varying states of metamorphosis.
Excerpt from Beautiful Paintings Made Just Now, Sir Norman Rosenthal, 2018
Champagne Performance: Toxic Man with writer Frédéric Schwilden
Saturday, 29 April 2023, 4 PM
Location— Linienstraße 23