all from the top: exhibition "Fuzzy Relations" by Erik A. Frandsen, at Galerie Mikael Andersen, Berlin; photos by artfridge
POW WOW - A colour explosion has attacked Galerie Mikael Andersen in Berlin! The current exhibition 'Fuzzy Relations' by Danish popular artist Erik A. Frandsen (*1956) screams three-dimensionally from the top, the sides, the front and even the bottom. The bonbon-floor, consisting of monochrome, randomly assembled squares and funnily titled 'The Desert', the flower-paintings, the neon-lamp and obviously the visitors are reflected in Frandsen's stainless-steel carvings. Those mirror-like works reveal the images of flowers - a motif that the artist has been working with for several decades.
As much as the flower is a motif that would easily lead to prejudices, in Frandsen's work it purely manifests itself as a superficiality, that is to say, a pretty tool employed to play with colour, material and shape. His still-lifes are painted with thick brushstrokes. Layer over layer, the canvas grows, dominating the initial motif. In contrast, the idea for his neon-lamp 'Frozen Moment' arose from a series of long-exposure-photos that Frandsen took while he and his wife touched each other. Their movements left a bright trace on each picture, which he adopted when shaping the lamp. The overall-impression is less 'Fuzzy' than I expected, but it is rather glamourous. Frandsen's show is an extreme juxtaposition of the contemporary and the old fashioned, and after all it is the bright colours that makes this brave combination work out smoothly.
On the other side of the gallery, you can see Maxime Ballesteros (*1984) photo exhibit 'Straw House'. The two shows do not belong together, and perhaps attract totally different visitors, but Ballesteros work is certainly worth a look as well - its sexy, a little rock'n'roll and makes you think about quitting your job and starting a road trip. All the photos from Ballesteros show are below.
Erik A. Frandsen - Fuzzy Relations
Maxime Ballesteros - Straw House
until 5th of January 2013
Galerie Mikael Andersen, Berlin
Pfefferberg, Haus 4