Roger Ballen / Wolfgang Petrick
Opening: Friday, April 15, 2016, from 19h (Facebook Event)
Exhibition: April 16 – May 27, 2016
Finissage: Saturday, May 28, 2016, from 18h
Opening hours: Tue-Sat 14-18h, and by appointment
Extended opening hours for Gallery Weekend Berlin 2016 (Fri, April 29 – Sun, May 1):
Friday – Sunday 14-20h
Carpentier Gallery is pleased to inform you that, from 15 April to 28 May 2016, we will present a jointly conceived exhibition of the work of artists Roger Ballen (Johannesburg / South Africa) and Wolfgang Petrick (Berlin / Germany).
Whilst creating a joint exhibition of two artists whose work is so different may appear surprising at first, when one considers their respective pasts and personal interests this combination is not so surprising at all.
Roger Ballen, who in the 1980s moved to South Africa and initially created socio-critical portraits, and Wolfgang Petrick, who was the most important representative of the then so-called critical realism in the 1970s, are both politically and socially interested people and this is reflected in their work to this day. In addition, both share a great interest in Outsider Art and Art Brut that are not part of the mainstream. The fact that both are very much inspired by drawing and collage / assemblage, and have a penchant for installations, completes the list of their shared interests.
This exhibition in the Carpentier Gallery will present works jointly selected from their respective oeuvres. Roger Ballen presents black and white photographs from the past few years, in which drawing and installation play either the central role or act as a backdrop to photographs of people. Wolfgang Petrick presents pictures, drawings and one sculpture in which the motifs are layered, mirrored and distorted with some of them becoming three-dimensional through the use of collage.
Together, the exhibited works unfold an intensity that we want to share with you.
The exhibition is accompanied by a catalogue, published in 2016 by Edition Carpentier: EDITION CARPENTIER Reihe EC², Band 3.