G O O D M O R N I N G , H A L L O
Stefan Behlau / Dennis Loesch
27 November 2015 – 21 February 2016
With Good Morning, Hallo the G2 Kunsthalle presents the first dual exhibition of Berlin-based artists Stefan Behlau and Dennis Loesch in Leipzig.
Analogous to memory processes, which are often characterized by incomplete and faulty repetition, Loesch reproduces digital colors and images, transporting them onto real-life visual mediums in the form of oversized memory sticks and SD cards that illustrate the idea of a data storage device.
Behlau’s large-format compositions carry on the tradition of American color field painting. His monumental squeegee abstractions form a relief-like chromatic film on the grounding of the canvas. Paradoxically his works negate the technical skills of the painter’s hand, while also emphasizing manual execution through an inherent gesture of movement. His use of color as a physical substance subtly synthesizes both technoid and poetic elements.
While Behlau frequently takes inspiration from other artists, Loesch freely avails himself of elements from popular image culture. What both artists share, however, is an interest in the process of concretization and reification. Simultaneously, their approach leads to the fragmentization and inversion of color relations and combinations, consequently offering a redefinition of the color gradient principle, either as a physical or immaterial process.
Stefan Behlau (born in Zurich, Switzerland in 1979) studied at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, Dennis Loesch (born in Frankfurt, Germany in 1979) graduated from Frankfurt’s Städel Academy. Both artists live and work in Berlin, where they share a studio.
The G2 Kunsthalle has invited Stefan Behlau and Dennis Loesch to present their work in one of the four halls of its recently founded exhibition space. For both artists, this show will be their first in Leipzig. All works shown here were created specifically for this exhibition.
Following the opening exhibition G2 #1, which exclusively showed works from the Hildebrand Collection, Good Morning, Hallo inaugurates a series of exhibitions produced in close collaboration with the exhibiting artists.
curated by Anka Ziefer
Stefan Behlau / Dennis Loesch – Good Morning, Hallo, with texts by Kito Nedo and Anka Ziefer, MMKoehn Berlin/Leipzig 2016, graphic design: Kay Bachmann, photographs: Jens Ziehe, translations: Lisa Voigt, German/English, ISBN 978-3-944903-29-3, 20 Euro. The catalogue can be purchased at the G2 Kunsthalle or ordered from MMKoehn and bookstores.
The G2 continues to present artworks from the Hildebrand Collection in its more than 1,000 squaremeters large exhibition space. The permanent exhibition focuses on contemporary painters from Leipzig including important names like Tilo Baumgärtel, Henriette Grahnert, Paule Hammer, Uwe Kowski, Peter Krauskopf, Edgar Leciejewski, Rosa Loy, Neo Rauch, Christoph Ruckhäberle and Matthias Weischer. For G2 #2 the permanent exhibition will be further complemented by a selection of artworks by Terry Haggerty, Tomás Saraceno, Julia Schmidt and Koen van den Broek.
The exhibition opening takes place on Thursday, 26 November 2015, 6–9pm. The number of guests for the opening event is limited. Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org
OPENING HOURS & ADMISSION
Wednesday 3–8 pm, Thursday–Monday guided tours (online reservation required)
Admission: The admission fee is 5 Euros per person; reduced tickets are available for 3 Euros. Students under 27 are eligible for reduced admission (valid ID / Documents required). Students of Fine Arts and Art History, as well as children under the age of 12, enter free of charge. Children must be accompanied by a parent or responsible adult.
The G2 Artspace offers special group tours in various languages (German, English, French, Italian and Russian) and school programs free of charge for teachers and students. Individual visits may be scheduled upon request. Please contact us for further information.
Installation view: GOOD MORNING, HALLO
Stefan Behlau, Blue Footed Boobie, 2015, photo: Jens Ziehe © the artist courtesy Dittrich & Schlechtriem, Berlin.
Ausstellungsansicht / installation view, Dennis Loesch: Frau im Mond II (modified, 2015), Gradient No. 18 (Fun Fun de de Siècle Siècle, 2015), David Schnell: Stangen im Mai (2004), Dennis Loesch: The 2010er (2015), Stefan Behlau: Blue Footed Boobie (2015), photo: Dotgain.info © the artists & G2 Kunsthalle, Leipzig.
Dennis Loesch, The 2010er, 2015, inkjet prints on aluminum, photo: Jens Ziehe © the artist courtesy Dittrich & Schlechtriem, Berlin.
Ausstellungsansicht / installation view Behlau/Loesch GOOD MORNING, HALLO, G2 Kunsthalle, Leipzig, November 27, 2015 – February 21, 2016
Stefan Behlau, Romeo, 2015, acrylic on canvas, photo: Jens Ziehe © the artist courtesy Dittrich & Schlechtriem, Berlin.
Ausstellungsansicht / Installation view, Stefan Behlau: Romeo, Dennis Loesch: Frau im Mond II (modified), Gradient No. 18 (Fun Fun de de Siècle Siècle), Stefan Behlau: Köln, 2015. photo: Dotgain.info © the artists & G2 Kunsthalle, Leipzig.
Dennis Loesch, Gradient No 17 (Bewohner), 2015, inkjet prints on aluminum, photo: Jens Ziehe © the artist courtesy Dittrich & Schlechtriem, Berlin.
Stefan Behlau, Ebblem, 2015, acrylic on canvas, photo: Jens Ziehe © the artist courtesy Dittrich & Schlechtriem, Berlin.
Ausstellungsansicht / installation view, Dennis Loesch: Gradient No. 17 (Bewohner, 2015), Stefan Behlau: Chisel Guise Posse (2015), David Schnell: Das Spiel (2012), Dennis Loesch: Gradient No. 16 (Das Treffen, 2015), photo: Dotgain.info © the artists & G2 Kunsthalle, Leipzig.
Dennis Loesch, Gradient No. 16 (Das Treffen), 2015, inkjet prints on aluminum, photo: Jens Ziehe © the artist courtesy Dittrich & Schlechtriem, Berlin.
Ausstellungsansicht / installation view, Tobias Lehner: o.T. (2010/11), Philip Seibel: Tafel Nr. 51 (2015), Dennis Loesch: Gradient No. 18 (Fun Fun de de Siècle Siècle, 2015), Stefan Behlau: Köln (2015), Koen van den Broek: Birds #101 (2014), photo: Dotgain.info © the artists & G2 Kunsthalle, Leipzig.
Behlau/Loesch: GOOD MORNING, HALLO
catalog cover: Stefan Behlau / Dennis Loesch: Good Morning, Hallo, ed. by G2 Kunsthalle, with texts by Kito Nedo & Anka Ziefer, publ. by MMKoehn Leipzig / Berlin 2016.