DEUS EX MACHINA • GoSee Recommendation: Deus Ex Machina by Julian Schnabel - and the great freedom gained by radically restructuring the world
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DEUS EX MACHINA by Julian Schnabel (Contemporary Fine Arts, Berlin)
Contemporary Fine Arts is pleased to present its first solo show of paintings by Julian Schnabel (*1951). It is the artist’s first major solo exhibition in Germany since his sensational museum retrospective at the Schirn Kunsthalle in Frankfurt 2004. Schnabel began making a name for himself in the early 1980s, in particular with his ‘plate paintings’, works in which broken pieces of plate were glued to the surface to create a fragmenting effect.
The synthetic backgrounds for the new work presented in the show are mostly enlarged snapshots, photographs of images such as Indian deities or of historic paintings, taken by Julian himself. The film reveals a bit about his world and technique. For example how he decontextualizes things and puts them in new juxtapositions. This enables him to grant them a new freedom – which he also consequently experiences as a new found sense of freedom.
Schnabel uses these materials and their history as reference points, as ‘fragments of the world’. ‘Using existing material adds an ethnographic aspect to the work,’ the artist explains, ‘in that it introduces a real place and a real time to the aesthetic reality’.
Julian Schnabel is a painter living and working in New York and the director of films such as Basquiat (1996), Before Night Falls (2000) and The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (2007).
A catalogue accompanies the exhibition with an introduction by Dr. Robert Fleck. The attached portraits of the talented artist are by Timmo SCHREIBER c/o GoSee Member TAKE AGENCY, for GALA magazine.
Deus Ex Machina by Julian Schnabel
Contemporary Fine Arts
Am Kupfergraben 10
10117 Berlin Mitte