Katrin Heichel scrutinizes specific topics over a long period of time, in series of works of different scales. Currently, her work addresses construction sites and how they represent human labor. Tools, temporary signs, traces of work, abandoned spaces or unidentified leftovers give evidence of the presence of people. These sites are contemporary portraits of plans and condemnations, calculated and mysterious at the same time.
Katrin Heichel studied painting at the Akademy of Visuel Arts in Leipzig, Germany. Her work has recently been presented in group exhibitions at Black Door, Istanbul, Turkey; Kunsthalle Krems, Krems, Austria; Museum Folkwang, Essen, Germany; Xawery Dunikowski Museum at Krolikarnia-Palais, National Museum Warschau, Warsow, Poland; Museum Franz Gertsch,Burgdorf, Switzerland and Museum der Moderne Salzburg Mönchsberg, Salzburg, Austria. Solo exhibitions include Gallery b2, Leipzig; Gallery Frank Schlag & Cie., Essen and BAU a collaboration between Laden Fuer Nichts, Leipzig and Schau-Fenster, Berlin. Heichel’s work belongs to the following collections: Cabinet des Estampes, Geneva, Swizterland; Graphic Collection of the Museum der Bildenden Kuenste, Leipzig; Arario Collection, South Korea and Olbricht Collection, Germany.
Residents from Germany
In his work Magnus Thierfelder uses various methods such as drawing, installation, sculpture, photo and lets components primarily taken from the cityscape become metaphors in a narrative rebus where lamp posts, pipes, cables, paving-stones etc., constitute elements in a symbolic realm that talks about enigmatic regularities, order and disorder, resistance, and creativity.
“Drainpipes, bricks, cables and lamp posts. With these simple construction elements from without, Magnus Thierfelder creates his personal order within. The starting point seems to be the limited intentions, the details, and the interplay of every day occurrences, and the paradoxical realisation that these have the power to overcome us, by confronting us with the results of actions that carry their own underlying structure. Thierfelder’s restrained, formal language and subtle sense of humour, become what is often barely distinguishable disruptions on social norms and everyday experiences. By simply displacing these tangible objects, he obstructs “normality”, and reveals things that could have gone wrong.” Extract from Underneath Everyday Normality; The Work of Magnus Thierfelder by Marianna Garin.
Magnus Thierfelder lives and works in Malmö, Sweden. He received his MFA from Malmö Art Academy. He has exhibited nationally and internationally both separately and in group exhibitions at Centro Cultural Montehermoso, Araba, Spain; Moderna Museet, Malmö, Sweden; Ar/Ge KUNST, Bolzano, Italy; Index – The Swedish Contemporary Art Foundation, Stockholm, Sweden; Transmission Gallery, Glasgow, Scotland; Malmö Art Museum, Sweden; Coleman Projects, London, UK; Rooseum – Center for Contemporary Art, Malmö; The Breeder, Athens, Greece; Mucsarnok/Kunsthalle, Budapest, Hungary; Galleri Christina Wilson, Copenhagen, Denmark; 1a Space, Hong Kong, China; Galleria Alberto Peola, Turin, Italy and Kumo Art Museum, Tallinn, Estonia, among others. He is one of the founding members of the non-profit art space Signal in Malmö and was on the Board member between 1998 and 2002. He is represented by the galleries Elastic in Malmö and von Bartha Garage in Basel, Switzerland.
Residents from Sweden
Atsushi Kaga’s work depicts a fictionalized world inhabited by a cast of invented characters. Through his alternative reality, Kaga explores personal and cultural identity, as well as complex social issues we face in daily life. He plays with the tension between integrity and corruptibility, nature and nurture, innocence and experience, and freedom and constriction. Kaga lives and work in Dublin and graduated from the National College of Art and Design in 2005. Kaga is represented by Mother’s Tankstation.