“Hugging the void” & “Solid Ground”

Wadström Tönnheim Gallery are happy to announce two amazing solo exhibitions. The exhibition “Hugging the void” by the Spanish-German artist Alexa Grande based in Sevilla and “Solid Ground” by the Swedish artist Stefan Otto that is based in Stockholm. The opening is on Friday the 12 of November at 19.00-22.00 pm.

 

Alexa Grande – Hugging the void 

Hugging the void is not a leap of faith into the void but a reconciliation with it, with nothingness. It is an impossible game. It is like facing the unknown, passing through the ruins of what was once safe and solid. The paintings contain open spaces, full of gaseous atmosphere, smoke or fog. A glance makes its way, in these pictures, through the remains of structures that are already obsolete, after having surpassed the limit of their resistance. These are structures that easily embrace and let themselves be hung in the air.

In architecture, color is used to represent the strength of structures. Light in its entire spectrum, appears as a chromatic map. These paintings appropriate the architectural language, to make a speculative reading of the possible pressures suffered by these structures, where red would be the area of greatest and violet the one with least suffering, trying to create stories of the collapse. The sky as a symbol of constant change, due to the movement of air, light and colors, reminds us of the ancestral sensation of being at the mercy of climate changes, feeling helpless, defenseless, without a protective structure. A period of restlessness and change in which the voids overlap.

 

– We are really pleased with our two new solo exhibitions. Hugging the void exhibition is a new collaboration with the Spanish artist Alexa Grande, that used to live in Germany and also has a German citizenship. She works both with paintings and sculptures. Stefan Otto on the other hand is doing his third solo show for the gallery, plus has done several group exhibitions and fairs together with the gallery. Stefan is an absolute fantastic and innovative artist and he has become a close friend over the years and I am looking forward to develop a fruitful relationship with the very promising Alexa Grande too, says Mattias Tönnheim, Director for Wadström Tönnheim Gallery.

 

Stefan Otto – Solid Ground

Stefan Ottos work is recognized by an approach of investigative uncertainties. Whether it be through cleverly manipulated videos or when he’s trying to dissect the male ego or as in his new body of work dealing with the most classical of all motives: the landscape. Nothing is ever unambiguos or assertive. Otto twists and turns reality and lets the work-process stand as a metaphor for the various layers that make up the human experience.

Otto works in a variety of media – painting, photography, video, installations sculpture and text. Often combining them all into a larger narrative. This time his work focuses on the environment, or rather human interference reflected back as nature. Toxic colors, waste and the future as a fleeting sensation.

 

For more information contact: Mattias Tönnheim, +46704-411914 or mattias@wadstromtonnheim.se

 

Address and opening hours: Poligono Nueva Campana, Local 37B, Nueva Andalucia (Marbella). The exhibitions opens Friday the 12 of November at 19.00-22.00 pm and goes on until the 9 of January 2022. And we are open any day by appointment.

“La Poética de la Cancha” & “Ankle Biter”

KRYSTOFER KIMMEL // LA POÉTICA DE LA CANCHA                 

HENRY SWANSON // ANKLE BITER

Wadström Tönnheim Gallery, Marbella 18 of September – 7 of November, 2021

“La Poética de la Cancha” & “Ankle Biter”

Wadström Tönnheim Gallery proudly presents two dynamic solo exhibitions by the young emerging American artists Krystofer Kimmel “La poética de la cancha” and Henry Swanson “Ankle Biter”. The vernissage is on Saturday the 18 of September at 19.00-21.30 pm.

– My work examines movement and the abstraction of figures through distortions of form, color, and time. As a subject, I have been exploring football for compositional richness, due to the passion for football which unites people, and for the symbolism it contains which forms its own visual language, says Krystofer Kimmel.

Krystofer Kimmel (b. 1993 – West Palm Beach, Florida) is an artist based in Paris who primarily works in painting – for which he received a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) in 2016. Kimmel was formerly based in Brooklyn, NY where he worked for paint manufacturer Guerra Paint & Pigment Corporation, was director and curator of At Large – an artist-run gallery in Brooklyn – and has most recently exhibited with East Projects (NY) in 2020. Works present in this exhibition have been created in Brooklyn, Paris and in Hampshire, England. In his youth, Kimmel was a varsity high school athlete in football and track. His experience with sport and athletics remains present in the artist’s life, and is the inspiration for the Footballeurs series currently presented in: La Poética de la Cancha. More info at: http://www.krystoferkimmel.studio/ Instagram: @kryskiml

– My art balances the mixed emotional perfectionism in the dynamic between aged creative process and unfettered creativity with in the domestic space. The continuing and abstract desire to “improve upon” what is immediate and the escape both old and young people seek to mediate. Additionally my Ankle Biter show discusses the notion of parenting and the tailor-made consciousness that comes with creative instinct, says Henry Swanson.

Henry Swanson (b. 1993 – Dallas, Texas) is a New York-based artist, that works in a variety of media to express memories and settings that recall the interplay of performative familial functionality at odds with the comedy of youthful strife. Using an absurdist image base riddled with stand-ins and totems, Swanson takes aim at the spectrum of youth, including everything from questionable parenting to domestic settings where cherries were popped and wild decisions were made. Playing himself both as the hacky over-worked, religiously-adjacent parent of a child let loose to wreak havoc on your local water park and the impulse ridden demon living inside that child’s brain, Swanson’s work wryly portrays the future of millennial parenting in a black hole of vague boomer philosophy. More info at: http://www.henryswansonart.com/ Instagram: @henry__swanson

 

For more information and press photos please contact: Mattias Tönnheim, +46 704-411914 or mattias@wadstromtonnheim.se

 

Address and opening hours: Poligono Nueva Campana, Local 37B, Nueva Andalucia (Marbella). The exhibitions opens Saturday the 18 of September at 19.00-21.30 pm and goes on until the 7 of November. And we are open any day by appointment. Because of the Covid19 situation and the surrounding circumstances and restrictions there can be a change in opening hours or visiting capacity due to new regulations. And of course we follow all the necessary restrictions and regulations that are surrounding this pandemic shit show.

 

Wadström Tönnheim Gallery’s mission is to examine the idea of the painterly, be it also through related media such as photography, sculpture, installations, video and drawing, in order to understand and to promote the direction of painting and its relevance to contemporary visual culture. WTG is owned and operated by Mattias Tönnheim & Andreas Åkesson. www.wadstromtonheim.se

Maps of Tension

“Maps of Tension” by Matias Di Carlo (ARG) & Konstantino Dregos (GR)

Wadström Tönnheim Gallery, Poligono Nueva Campana, Local 37B, Nueva Andalucia (Marbella).

18 of June – 5 of September, 2021

 

Wadström Tönnheim Gallery are very happy to present a duo exhibition by Matias Di Carlo and Konstantino Dregos, both represented by the gallery. Under the title “Maps of Tension” these two prominent artists display a selection of pieces from their most recent, and individual, productions. The exhibition opens up at 19.00 pm on Friday the 18 of June and goes on until the 5 of September.

 

About the paintings by Konstantino Dregos – Capto Vacui (grabbing into the empty)
Dregos work shows the unending adventures of the idea from the moment its procreation into the state of its implementation and fate on its way to the human perception. This path might be filled with contradictions, logical gaps, errors, reversals, abolitions and simultaneously the blank carrier of the aimed metamorphosis, but never the less offers a resilient insight on the human condition.
The platonic glance on the world and the vibrating space between Science and Myth constitutes the theoretical and practical framework of this epic attempt.

 

– For me as a gallerist it’s a pure joy and an adventure to see these amazing artists, that I introduced to each other a couple of years ago, collaborate and develop this intriguing visual language. The fact that they also have become close friends during this time is a true bonus and a sign of their transcendent connection, says Mattias Tönnheim director of Wadström Tönnheim Gallery.

 

About the works by Matias Di Carlo from the Folds Series and Symmetry Ploy series..

Through his artwork Di Carlo experiments the fold as the strength that shapes matter to infinity. Experiencing metamorphosis through the fold that uses energy pulses as the cause itself. The dynamics within, to change the nature of matter. Matter evolved into contention of the void.

In the Symmetry Ploy series the artist fragments to comprehend, turning symmetry into jumble, still seeking refuge and alignment. Melting structures conceived to be perpetual, to free themselves…
Insurrection of established forms. Emerging of what’s still to be named.

 

Konstantino Dregos, born 1977 Athens/Greece, lives and works in Berlin/Germany. More info at: www.konstantinodregos.com

Matias Di Carlo, born 1978 in Buenos Aires/Argentina, lives and works in Ronda/Spain. More info at: www.matiasdicarlo.com

 

Address and opening hours: Poligono Nueva Campana, Local 37B, Nueva Andalucia (Marbella). The exhibition opens at Saturday the 18 of June at 19.00-21.30 pm, and we are open any day by appointment. Because of the Covid19 situation and the surrounding circumstances and restrictions there can be a change in opening hours or visiting capacity due to new regulations. And of course we follow all the necessary restrictions and regulations that are surrounding this pandemic shit show.

 

Wadström Tönnheim Gallery’s mission is to examine the idea of the painterly, be it also through related media such as photography, sculpture, installations, video and drawing, in order to understand and to promote the direction of painting and its relevance to contemporary visual culture. WTG is owned and operated by Mattias Tönnheim & Andreas Åkesson. www.wadstromtonnheim.se

WE ARE ATTENDING DRAWING ROOM 2021

Welcome to visit us at stand 11 at the contemporary art fair Drawing Room in Palacio Santa Bárbara in the center of Madrid (Spain). We are showing new works by the British artist John Robinson and the Swedish artist Daniel Fleur.

For more information and opening hours please visit: https://www.drawingroom.es