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
Weontae An’s work is steeped in traditional Korean ink painting and calligraphic technique. An takes natural landscape as his subject matter, transforming the actual landscape into abstraction. Through his work, An explores the connections between humans and their surroundings, cognizant of the fact that all constructs—man, tree, grass, concrete, water—are organically connected with one another.
Weontae An (born 1971, Jin-hae, South Korea) moved to Seoul in 1998 where he graduated from Hong-ik University. An participated in the Civitella Ranieri Foundation Fellowship program in Umbertide, Italy, in 2008, and the National Art Studio (Changdong Art studio) program in South Korea from 2005-2006. Recent solo shows include Negative landscape 2 at the Nowon Art Center, Seoul, 2009; Coesistenza at Sala Di Sogni Gallery, Rome, 2008; Negative 山水 at La-merGallery, Seoul, 2007; Negative San-su at Changdong Art Studio, Seoul, 2006; and Tree in the Water at Doll Gallery, Seoul, 2005. Group exhibitions include R․O․C & Korean Ink Paintings at the Arts Center Kyeonggi, Suwon, South Korea, 2008; National Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Memorial Hall, Taipei, 2007; and Oriental New Image, Central Academy of Fine Arts Museum, Beijing, 2007.
Residents from South Korea
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.