G2 #19
S E L E C T E D  P O E M S
Martin Gross

 

September 30, 2022 – Januar 15, 2023
G2 Kunsthalle, Dittrichring 13, 04109 Leipzig

Opening hours:
Wed. 3-8 pm / Fri–Sun 12 am–5 pm

Public tours:
English Thu 4 pm

 

With SELECTED POEMS, the G2 Kunsthalle presents the first institutional solo exhibition by Martin Gross in Leipzig. The artist, who studied in London and Leipzig, reflects the ambivalent identity of the present, shaped by digitalization, in multimedia forms of expression in his works. In addition to numerous works on paper, Gross is showing a space-specific typographic installation, as well as an auditory work made for the G2 Kunsthalle.

Recurring motifs in Gross’s works, besides to pop cultural themes and art historical references, are the data and information structures of the Internet, as well as social media, blogs, and news portals, as predominant, participatory, and anonymized venues for sociopolitical events of the 21st century.

Gross uses contemporary digital visual vocabulary from memes, emojis, icons, or user interfaces and transfers them into the analog world.

The works on paper, which formally oscillate between painting, drawing and print, bundle information as a simultaneous preservation/synchronization of events on the pictorial surface.

The daily flow of information that impacts us and is exponentially increasing due to developments of digitalisation is woven into impenetrable textures and complex networks in Gross’s works through clever layering of written elements, shapes, silhouettes, and figurations.

Depending on the viewer’s own biography, individual elements are perceived more prominently than others. The works thus activate perceptual strategies that are intended by social media and applied onto the analog object in Gross’s work

Gross artfully contrasts the multi-layered, overloaded surfaces of his paper works with the wall-filling installation Immer is was. (There’s always something.). The concrete typographic lettering, which stretches across three walls of the first room of the exhibition, confronts the viewer with an inflationarily used phrase of collective linguistic usage, potentiates it, and thus skillfully rhythms the spaces of the G2 Kunsthalle. Gross reflects both the relation of the viewing subject to the spaces and its use and utilization of language.

The sound work, attached to the biggest wall of the second room, permeates the entire floor and addresses various sound pieces from functional funnel speakers down to the viewer. The hearable texts which occupy the rooms of the G2 arbitrarily and without context, repeatedly take up themes of our day-to-day present. Gross, for example, gives Daft Punk’s iconic TechnolgicLyrics an uncanny (somber) update, communicating like a present-day mantra, dictatorial commands dealing with anonymized hatred and the addiction to digital incentives on the Internet.

Martin Gross (b. Plauen, 1984) studied painting at the Academy of fine arts, Leipzig, from 2007 to 2013, where Annette Schröter was his teacher, from 2009 until 2013. And from 2014 to 2017 he studied at the Royal Academy School in London.

Selected prizes and awards: 2014 Kunstpreis der 21. Leipziger Jahresausstellung; 2013 The Woodmill Residency #4, The Woodmill GP, London, UK; 2011 Studienpreis des Freundeskreises der HGB; 2010 Kunsthüttenpreis, Neue Sächsische Galerie Chemnitz.

Selected solo shows: 2020 HYPNAGOGIA, Kunsthalle Rostock, Rostock, Germany; 2019 PARADOX LAKE, K11 Art Foundation, K11 Art Village, Wuhan, China; 2017 TELEVISION, Smac, Berlin, Germany; 2015 TRANSIT, Kunstraum Ortloff, Leipzig, Germany.

Selected group shows: 2020 LICHTPARCOURS BRAUNSCHWEIG, Braunschweig, Germany; 2019 REALITÄTSCHECK, Kunstraum Potsdam, Potsdam, Germany; 2018 PING PONG BASEL, Projektraum M54, Basel, CH; 2018 CHUMMING, Glasgow International 2018, Glasgow, UK; 2018 THE ART OF RECOLLECTING, G2 Kunsthalle, Leipzig, Germany; 2018 FOLLOW THE LINE, Kunsthalle der Sparkasse Leipzig, Leipzig, Germany; 2017 DEAD HEAT, Kunstraum Ortloff, Leipzig, Germany.

 

 

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    Installation view: Martin Groß - SELECTED POEMS, G2 Kunsthalle Leipzig, 30. September 2022 - 15. Januar 2023, photo: Dotgain.info © G2 Kunsthalle Leipzig & the artist

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    Installation view: Martin Groß - SELECTED POEMS, G2 Kunsthalle Leipzig, 30. September 2022 - 15. Januar 2023, photo: Dotgain.info © G2 Kunsthalle Leipzig & the artist

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    Installation view: Martin Groß - SELECTED POEMS, G2 Kunsthalle Leipzig, 30. September 2022 - 15. Januar 2023, photo: Dotgain.info © G2 Kunsthalle Leipzig & the artist

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    Installation view: Martin Groß - SELECTED POEMS, G2 Kunsthalle Leipzig, 30. September 2022 - 15. Januar 2023, photo: Dotgain.info © G2 Kunsthalle Leipzig & the artist

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    Installation view: Martin Groß - SELECTED POEMS, G2 Kunsthalle Leipzig, 30. September 2022 - 15. Januar 2023, photo: Dotgain.info © G2 Kunsthalle Leipzig & the artist

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    Installation view: Martin Groß - SELECTED POEMS, G2 Kunsthalle Leipzig, 30. September 2022 - 15. Januar 2023, photo: Dotgain.info © G2 Kunsthalle Leipzig & the artist

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    Installation view: Martin Groß - SELECTED POEMS, G2 Kunsthalle Leipzig, 30. September 2022 - 15. Januar 2023, photo: Dotgain.info © G2 Kunsthalle Leipzig & the artist

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    Installation view: Martin Groß - SELECTED POEMS, G2 Kunsthalle Leipzig, 30. September 2022 - 15. Januar 2023, photo: Dotgain.info © G2 Kunsthalle Leipzig & the artist

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    Installation view: Martin Groß - SELECTED POEMS, G2 Kunsthalle Leipzig, 30. September 2022 - 15. Januar 2023, photo: Dotgain.info © G2 Kunsthalle Leipzig & the artist

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    Installation view: Martin Groß - SELECTED POEMS, G2 Kunsthalle Leipzig, 30. September 2022 - 15. Januar 2023, photo: Dotgain.info © G2 Kunsthalle Leipzig & the artist

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