Joana Schmitz, Alexander Denkert, Niklas Jeroch


If the meaning is hidden behind the form, the meaning shines through; if the meaning is placed in front of the form or better over the form, the form encloses the meaning like a halo. Both arrangements, when the form is drawn near, can conceal, envelop and lead to the protection of the meaning. A vessel remains a vessel, whether I deform it to the point of obscurity or preserve it, a vessel remains a vessel and a drawing remains a drawing and painting remains painting. The works of the three artists could not be more different in their choice of materials. They could not be more different in the envelopment of a meaning. In Alexander's and Niklas's work, acting forces are evidently at work to remove with a sharp blade that which is concealed by paint. Searching for an opening in deposits, accumulations of form, which may also have occurred out of time. With a textile touch, Joana's vessels reveal themselves, open, dancing in an inner round dance, closing their opening or opening in a wide rotation, like a flower calyx that strives for two-dimensionality when opened. A sequence of closing and opening forms. This is completely the same to all artist, towards a pulsation to find the right structure for the meaning.

In her work, artist Joana Schmitz explores the technology of 3D printing in the context of traditional ceramic materials. The layered materialisation process of 3D printing is inscribed in the previously digitally conceived objects, and yet they retain an honesty and naturalness inherent in ceramics through colour, material and unevenness created in the drying process.

Niklas Jeroch also tries to explore and connect digital and real worlds with his artistic work. Coming from the context of classical painting, Jeroch now also deals with 3D technology and focuses in his works on interdependent media and processes of creation.

In the works by Alexander Denkert shown in the exhibition, the examination of materiality and working processes becomes quite clear. On display are pencil drawings whose image carrier is painted over with oil paint after a chemical bath, thus combining various visible and invisible layers of materials and haptics.