Marcel Bascoulard, Björn Dahlem, Thomas Helbig, Andy Hope 1930, Rashid Johnson, Erwin Kneihsl, Markus Selg, Thomas Zipp
|Galerie Guido W. Baudach
Pohlstraße 67, DE-10785 Berlin
|January 18 – February 29, 2020|
No light without shadow. Nothing visible without darkness. Only against the black of the night is the brightness of the stars apparent. Thus is the ideal background for bright things and ideas accordingly dark – not least in art. Since the Renaissance, the light-against-dark contrast of chiaroscuro has made colors appear more intense, spaces and figures more multidimensional. What’s more, the black of darkness has its own semantics in art, representing the spiritual, the immaterial, and the mysterious. More than a hundred years ago, Kazimir Malevich made reference to such metaphors in his Black Square, setting the absolute zero point of a modernism freed from objective representational constraints.
The exhibition Dark Matter brings together individual works from a variety of contemporary artists, ranging from photography, collage, and painting to sculpture, all of which make use of the color black and its diverse contexts of meaning to convey many-faceted connotations.