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Galerie Rüdiger Schöttle presents Martin Creed | Toulu Hassani

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9 Sept 2016 to 12 Nov 2016

Galerie Rüdiger Schöttle
Amalienstraße 41
D - 80799
T: +49 89 -333 686

Martin Creed, Work No. 2132, 2015
Acryl auf Leinwand, 40,2 x 30,2 cm
Photo: Alex Delfanne; Courtesy the artist, Hauser & Wirth and Galerie Rüdiger Schöttle.

Artists in this exhibition: Martin Creed, Toulu Hassani

Martin Creed
Sep 09 – Nov 12, 2016
Exhibition Opening: Thursday, Sep 08, 2016, 7 – 9 pm
The artist is present.

Martin Creed is known for his minimalist works and his approaches based on concept art. Rhythm, order, opposites, scales, everyday objects, and simple ideas are just as much subjects of his art as neon signs, films, music, and performances. Creed is at home in all media. He won the Turner Prize in 2001 for his “Work No. 227. The lights going on and off,” which was presented in the same year at Galerie Rüdiger Schöttle’s space at Martiusstraße. At the Open Art 2016, Creed will present a wall painting in combination with a new group of works.

The mural is one of the earliest forms of artistic expression. From prehistory to the modern age, it has been one of the most important means of visual representation, but it is rarely seen in contemporary art. Martin Creed, who continues to surprise audiences with unexpected methods, has incorporated this neglected genre of painting in his repertoire. His expansive wall paintings are reduced to the simplest forms and colors. He thus analyzes and rigorously categorizes the fundamentals of painting in the painting itself.

Martin Creed has long engaged in the practice of creating his works on site at the gallery. His art should be perceived as not only a clearly defined concept but also as immediate and vivid. The performative aspect is frequently foregrounded; the body movements in the act of painting yield the forms of his new works. The movements of dancers, for instance, became images by way of paintbrushes attached to their feet. Postmodern practices from concept art and action art are always essential characteristics of Creed’s artistic production.

Martin creed was born in Wakefield, England, in 1968, and grew up in Glasgow. He lives and works in London. From 1986 to 1990, he studied at the Slade School of Fine Art in London. Solo exhibitions of his work have recently been presented at the Hayward Gallery in London (2014), the Tate Britain in London (2013), the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh (2013), the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago (2012), the Musée d’Art Moderne et d’Art Contemporain in Nice (2011), and the Moscow Museum of Modern Art (2010). As an experienced musician, he has released several albums, including Mind Trap (2014), Chicago (2012) and Love to You (2012).

Toulu Hassani
common shift
Sep 09 – Nov 12, 2016
Opening: Thursday, Sep 08, 2016, 7–9 pm
The artist is present.

With precise sensibility and a concept of resistance, Toulu Hassani probes the essentials and parameters of painting and its properties. Her initial interest lies in exploring and grasping structures and orders. In a second step, she breaks with the given dispositions and criteria and uses the primary material to generate detours, turning points, and deviations from the norm:
Arrangements, relations, and measurements routinely follow a pattern; they are organized in relation to the standards. A critique of standardizations places emphasis on the undefined and the potentially possible, on the not-yet-realized, the unexpected, and that which is not provided by the standard. Hassani acts in the same manner, expressing the unadjusted, the idiosyncratic, and contingencies in her work, thereby exploring the subject of unpredictability and randomness in a subtle way.

In this process, like in Persian miniature painting, patience, inspiration, a talent for drawing, and a sensibility for colors are important traits for Toulu Hassani to possess in order to create her works. The artist combines her unbiased approach to the patterning and textile peculiarities of the stretched canvas with delicate coloring, thus giving her material analyses a customized touch.

In Persian miniature painting, the poetic symbiosis of text, image, and lettering saw its heyday from the thirteenth century on. The images sought to attain the ideal harmony of arrangement, brushwork, and coloring. Hassani’s abstract works also tie in with these objectives. The lines in Timurid paintings, seemingly bleeding into infinity, reappear in Hassani’s work, and some of her works recall seemingly infinite representations of Earth and the cosmos. Additionally, the delicate interpretations of grids and structures are reminiscent of ancient lettering styles, such as the Sumerian cuneiform script.

Toulu Hassani was born in Iran and studied at the Braunschweig University of Art in Walter Dahn’s master class, among others. In 2014, she was a resident at the International Studio & Curatorial Program (ISCP) in New York and was amongst the “New Positions” at Art Cologne 2016. In late 2016, she will be awarded the Sprengel Prize for Fine Art of the Niedersächsische Sparkassenstiftung [Lower Saxony Savings Bank Foundation] within the framework of a solo exhibition at the Sprengel Museum Hannover.  

Galerie Rüdiger Schöttle 
Amalienstrasse 41 / 80799 München
Tue – Fr 11 am – 6 pm / Sa noon – 4 pm / T +49 89 333686 / F +49 89 342296

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