Harm Gerdes
Synthetic Spirits

This is something that I was thinking a lot about, what is the reason to not print something? What is the reason to not give something completely out of your hand? And I think it comes through qualities that are visible in movement. It’s about qualities that are visible if you’re very near a work. If you go close to my works you see that there’s a lot of stuff going on. There’s some little splotches that I over painted. There’s a sort of an archeology onto the works because there are higher levels, there are lower levels. So it’s really something you can experience.

Harm Gerdes, 2022


This is Gerdes’ second solo exhibition with Peres Projects in our Berlin gallery. In addition, Gerdes has exhibited in a number of group exhibitions including Werden: From Michaelangelo to, Tiroler Landesmuseen, Innsbruck, There is no sea but the sea, Meyer Riegger, Karlsruhe, Klasse Katharina Grosse, Kunstverein Lippe, Mit Kunst für die Kunst, Kunsthalle Darmstadt and at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf in Germany. In 2020, he graduated from the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf.

Exhibition walkthrough

Gerdes’ painting practice is process-based and experimental, a push and pull between spontaneous and methodical approaches which pool together on each canvas. This exhibition exemplifies his experimentation in operations and procedures – bringing a period of half a year of work together in the gallery space.