Moritz Partenheimer works with photography to create surreal worlds of their own kind, composed of sites in various locations around the world. He studies the urban microcosm and investigates urban space to define its identity. His focus is on inconspicuous sites, the sort of surroundings that are composed of things we come across every day. His pristine settings seem to be void of human presence, however, their traces are discernable and become an expression of the space wherein the portrayed objects replace humankind. It is through his formal reduction and concentration of the selected objects that we come to better understand their artificial, natural or cultural beauty.
Moritz Partenheimer (born 1979, Munich) studied at the Bauhaus-University, Weimar and at Pratt Institute, New York. In 2006, he graduated from Bauhaus University with a master’s degree and moved to Munich. Recent solo shows include Points of Interest, Gallery Jordanow, Munich; Lost in Translation, Gallery Binz & Krämer, Cologne; and Lost Paradise, Kunstverein Heinsberg. His group exhibitions include Lost in Translation, Deichtorhallen, Hamburg; Bildspuren – Unruhige Gegenwarten, Darmstädter Tage der Fotografie, Germany; and Ist das ein Portrait, Gallery Karin Sachs, Munich. His work is represented in numerous private collections, as well as public collections, including Museum Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich. He lives and works in Munich and Cologne.
Residents from Germany
Gamaliel Rodriguez’s work explores the aesthetic and the visual quality created by drawing with ballpoint pen and more recently, felt-tip pen (Sharpie) to present a style that references old illustrations and printmaking including etching and dry point, evoking architectural plans. He is interested in the notion of security and insecurity produced by non-referential images. Smoke is used in Rodriguez’s work as an illustrative code. In the history of humanity, smoke and ﬁre can produce a series of sensations to us depending on the situation. The primitive part of the brain could recognize smoke or ﬁre as a familiar and natural manifestation. In the 21st century, an image of a structure, a unity, a system, a space, a location or an object covered by smoke and ﬂames could be read as a raid, malfunction, miss-ﬁring, oppression, liberty, the end or the beginning, terrorism, anarchy, civil rights, manifestation, sublimation, sabotage and any number of related political terms. Rodriguez is interested in how such a simple reaction of combustion can be reinterpreted as a complex analysis of insecurities. He is currently working on a series of drawings based on the concepts of appropriation, re-interpretation and deconstruction of messages based on Roland Barthes and his analysis of semiotics.
Gamaliel Rodriguez (b. 1977 Bayamon, Puerto Rico) obtained an MA in Visual Arts at the Kent Institute of Art and Design in Kent and the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 2011. His recent exhitions include, Solo Projects, ARCO, Madrid; Focus Latinoamerica. DA2 Domus Artium 2002, Salamanca and The End of History… and The Return of History Painting, Museum voor Moderne Kunst Arnhem.
Eunji Cho activates the movement and inherent energy of urban remains, traces and suspended matters such as mud, stone and dust through performance, installation, situationist intervention and writing. She explores the slippage that arises when a modern subject enters another territory and becomes a minority, colonized, and the “other.” In her recent works, she focuses on the socio-psychological landscape of surface elements of the city interpreted by her own intuition and methodologies. Her artistic practice retains a minimalist approach to explore the ways in which certain objects are used in her works. Cho uses a range of media including drawing, video, performance and installation
In 2012, Eunji Cho had her 5th solo exhibition, Poem In Action, at RM Gallery, Auckland. Her selected group exhibitions include Walking Drifting Dragging, New Museum, New York, 2013; Play Time, Culture Station Seoul 284, Seoul, 2012; Dtang, the Mud Said, Duesseldorf Festival, Duesseldorf, 2012; tempus fugit, Kuenstlerverein Malkasten, Duesseldorf, 2012;Media Scape, Nam Jun Paik Art Center, Yongin, 2011; 7th Gwangju Biennale: Annual Report, Gwangju, 2008; Anyang Public Art Project, Anyang,2007; The Multicultural in Our Time, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, 2010; and Cittadellarte Venice, Venice University, Venice, 2005. She also has a female duo performance band, Michelangelo Pistoletto Band and sings about love and cities in various cities all over the world. Eunji Cho lives and works in Seoul.