AMTSALON BERLIN: JUNE 17 - 24, 2021

June 17 - 24, 2021
  • Capitain Petzel is pleased to participate in AMTSALON Berlin, a pop-up of twenty-four Berlin galleries taking place in the former district court of Charlottenburg from 17th to 24th June 2021. On this occasion, we will present works by Andrea Bowers, Sanya Kantarovsky, Ross Bleckner, and Yael Bartana.

  • Andrea Bowers, Papillon Monarque (No one is illegal ; Dream, Rise, Organize / Personne n’est illégale ; Rêve, Défend, Organise), Graphic collaboration with Gabrielle Parmentier, Louis Vuitton's Graphic Studio, 2014
  • For Andrea Bowers, political engagement and artistic expression are inseparable. Her practice addresses a wide range of relevant socio-political issues from women’s and worker’s rights to the arms industry, to immigration politics and the climate crisis. Storytelling is integral to Bowers’ work and part of her activism consists of highlighting the narratives of resistance and rebellion.

     

    Bowers' "Papillon Monarque" was created for her 2014 exhibition at Espace Louis Vuitton, Paris, and used found cardboard from the Louis Vuitton Store on the Champs-Élysées. The large installative work takes as its motif the Monarch butterfly, which embarks on a journey each spring from Mexico to Canada across the United States, standing as a symbol for freedom of movement. The Monarch migrating over the divided lands is a hopeful symbol for a new social narrative that embraces the right to mobility and opportunity across political borders.

     

    Andrea Bowers' upcoming retrospectives at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago and The Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, are due to open later this year. 

  • Throughout her artistic practice, Yael Bartana has dealt with the imagery of identity and the politics of memory. With her point of departure being the national consciousness propagated by her native Israel, Bartana has become fascinated by the ceremonies, public rituals and social diversions that exist to reaffirm collective identities across different nation states. 

     

    For the series of black and white photographs The Missing Negatives of the Sonnenfeld Collection, also currently on view in Bartana's comprehensive solo exhibition at the Jewish Museum Berlin, the artist selected photographs from the extensive archive of legendary photo journalists Leni and Herbert Sonnenfeld, who documented Palestine / Eretz Israel in the years 1933-1948. Adopting that same heroic style, Bartana re-staged the original photographs with the help of young Arabs and Arab Jews who are currently residing in Israel. Portraying her models as beautiful, joyous, hopeful farmers, workers and soldiers, the series creates a utopian moment that challenges the ethos of the Zionist movement.   

  • Constantly seeking to create alternative fictional realities in commentary to existing narratives, Yael Bartana has been known for staging situations...

    Constantly seeking to create alternative fictional realities in commentary to existing narratives, Yael Bartana has been known for staging situations and introducing fictive moments in her works. With her series of sculptures entitled ‘Rest in Peace’, the artist imagines a hypothetical  future in which weapons are but a fossilized relic of a bygone phase of our civilization.

     

    Yael Bartana
    R.I.P. M16, 2019
    Pigmented Relief Casting Ceramic Powder
    Object dimensions: 62 x 118 x 7 cm / 24.4 x 46.5 x 2.8 inches
    Pedestal dimensions:80 x 140 x 80 cm / 31.5 x 55.1 x 31.5 inches
  • Sanya Kantarovsky’s works teem with wry humor and unearthly narratives. His compositions propose scenarios of turmoil and investigate liminal spaces, physical proximities, affect, and cruelty. Willfully engaging with the historical canon of painting and literature, Kantarovsky subverts tropes and archetypes with elements gleaned from more populist forms of visual culture such as cartoons, illustration, film and advertising. 

     

    As with Kantarovsky's paintings, his monotypes address the audience directly in a strange way. This medium reveals much about his process of  constructing images. They make feelings of alienation, intimacy, and desire almost tangible in the attempt of revealing everyday human melodrama. 


  • Ross Bleckner’s work is an investigation of change, loss, and memory, much like a memento mori. His immersive paintings, whether...

    Ross Bleckner’s work is an investigation of change, loss, and memory, much like a memento mori. His immersive paintings, whether pure abstraction of stripes or dots, or more representational renderings of birds, flowers, and brains, elicit a powerful hypnotic and dizzying effect.

     

    Ross Bleckner became a prominent artistic voice in New York during the AIDS crisis in the 1980s. To this day, he is the youngest artist to receive a midcareer retrospective at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, at the age of 45. His most recent solo presentation was at the Neues Museum Nürnberg in 2019, and he is due to have a solo exhibition at Le Consortium in Dijon, opening 2022.

     

    Ross Bleckner

    Burn Painting (The World These Days), 2020

    Oil on linen

    Signed and dated verso

    243.8 x 182.9 cm / 96 x 72 inches