Posted on mars 20, 2019
March 22th to May 25th, 2019
The Greek born, and since many years Berlin based, artist Konstantino Dregos exhibits in Spain for the first time at Wadström Tönnheim Gallery in Marbella. Grand opening for Dregos new exhibition “Calculating Infinity” is Friday the 22 of March at 18.30 – 21.00 h.
To give you an insight into the art works and mind of Konstantino Dregos we provide you with the essay “The Golden Thread” by Nick Hackworth.
“The labyrinthine man never seeks the truth but always and only his Ariadne.” – Friedrich Nietzsche
Konstantinos Dregos is a smart guy. The smartest thing he said, amongst many smart and interesting things during our interview, fragments of which are scattered liberally through this publication, is that he didn’t feel able to speak meaningfully about his paintings.
I know how he feels! No, wait! Don’t be offended. I’m not being rude. As a sometime critic, gallerist and now a curator, I’ve spent a lot of time talking about art. In that time there have been many moments when the act of explaining images with words has seemed to me to be an especially futile and silly activity. Many moments, when, to be honest, everyone would have been better off if I’d substituted the review / press release / sales speech with two simple words: Just look!
In the spirit of this hard-won wisdom I’d advise anyone looking for insights or guidance on the paintings themselves or searching answers to perfectly reasonable questions such as ‘What are those those V signs doing floating on the surface of that work?’ or ‘Are those squares of felt collaged onto the surface of that work a Beuysian reference?’ to stop worrying or even thinking too much, drop the questions and attempt the albeit impossible feat of enjoying a raw, unmediated, visual experience with the paintings. A little roleplay might help if you’re having trouble: Dim the lights and put on a little sexy, jazzy, mood music in your imagination try to imagine your eyes taking a little unauthorized break from your brain with these paintings. Relax. Let your eyes gently glide over the surfaces of the works… try to enjoy the textures… feel the smoothness of the oil paint and the rough, the seductive mattness of the surface of the scrap of collaged paper… tune into the frenetic energy of the chalked scribbles… slowly drink in those subtle tonal variations as gunmetal grey slips into those dark blue-gray hues… Well, you get the picture.
I hope that was fun. Anyway, this short introduction isn’t about the paintings but about some of the ideas that, as far as I can guess, float around in Konstantinos’ head when he’s thinking about these works. It’s a kind of cosmological expedition into the primordial intellectual soup, if you will, that forms part of the conditions of the emergence of the work.
When, in our interview, Konstantinos so eloquently said that he had no answers about the paintings, he wasn’t, I suspect, just flagging up the obvious difficulties of talking about the images with words. Instead he was pointing at a symptom that, when investigated, takes us down the rabbit-hole and into the heart of the matter, where we discover a far deeper problem, an epic problem, a problem so large, perhaps, that it underlies all others. I believe he was hinting, like a reluctant mystic, at the incommensurability of all things. He was hinting that the world of full of fracture, that the world is fracture; that all language commits violence to thought, that thought commits violence to experience, that consciousness is a wound and that existence, at its very core, a meshwork of alienation.
If that sounds absurd or fanciful, I would invite anyone who’s truly been in love, and surely that includes you, to measure the vast, oceanic quality of that feeling against the smallness and paucity of the words we have to give it voice. We try to speak the universe with mouths full of sand.
I think, at its core, Konstantinos’ work is about these fractures and the inescapable labyrinthine quality of consciousness. A world full of fracture is a world with no exits. As Philip K Dick, that extraordinary neo-Gnostic, observed in his late novel Valis, “There is no route out of the maze. The maze shifts as you move through it, because it is alive.”
So perhaps its useful to think of Konstantinos’ paintings and drawings as a continuum of making, frozen in their various physical forms as signifiers of both a fractured world and the hope, even if futile, to overcome it. Because surely if Culture is anything it is the reification of that fervent, unspoken prayer that lies hidden in the heart of all communication; the desire to transcend this fallen world and to return to that mystical wholeness from whence our immortal souls once came and dissolve, with eternal relief, into the Godhead.
Why this is hell, nor am I out of it.
Thinks thou that I who saw the face of God,
And tasted the eternal joys of Heaven,
Am not tormented with ten thousand hells,
In being deprived of everlasting bliss?
Christopher Marlowe, Doctor Faustus
But for the moment we’re still in the labyrinth and we must make do with what we have. Following Konstantinos’ insight – that error creates its own reality – an idea that is the creative motor at the heart of his work – we hold onto the golden thread of our thoughts and follow where they lead. And from time to time, when the conditions are just right,
the fire of imagination sparks the alchemy of art into transfiguring abundance and for a moment we are not alone.
One of my favorite bits of writing is about one of these rare moments. It’s Charles Bukowski writing about the moment he discovers the book Ask the Dust by the John Fante in a library in LA:
‘Then one day I pulled a book down and opened it, and there it was. I stood for a moment, reading. Then like a man who had found gold in the city dump, I carried the book to a table. The lines rolled easily across the page, there was a flow. Each line had its own energy and was followed by another like it. The very substance of each line gave the page a form, a feeling of something carved into it. And here, at last, was a man who was not afraid of emotion. The humor and the pain were intermixed with a superb simplicity. The beginning of that book was a wild and enormous miracle to me.’
And there it is. The hope of stumbling across ‘a wild and enormous miracle’. That’s why we hang on in here, following the golden thread.
Address and opening hours: Poligono Nueva Campana, Local 37B, Nueva Andalucia (Marbella). Open Tuesday to Friday 14.00-18.30 & Saturdays 12-15 or by appointment.
For more information and press photos contact:
Mattias Tönnheim at +46 704-41 19 14 alt. firstname.lastname@example.org
Posted on januari 27, 2019
Curated by Bjorn Stern
February 7th to March 16th, 2019
The exhibition “Time Bomb…” at Wadstrom Tonnheim Gallery, Marbella brings together a group of emerging artists from the U.S.A. They are presented for the first time in Marbella and some are presented for the first time ever in Spain.
“With our recent focus on cultural phenomena brought forward as inheritance from the early days of pop-art, which has amalgamated into vast and colonising structures of the mainstream, certain aspects of self referential art that used to reside in the subcultures of post-modernity and through the circular discussions of the ironically detached, have now taken on a malignant and destructive force in the wake of global social media and the realignment of the many psychologies of the self.
To describe such a complete change of attitude towards visual culture as the one experienced in the present, as a ‘phenomena’, is perhaps broad. But the seismic transformation in our perception of contemporary visual information has changed beyond recognition while in the past we were perhaps better equipped to compartmentalise such information as art, advertising, design or propaganda. These perceptions have now been utterly shattered. The force of change can best be detected among emerging visual artists across a globalised culture of consensus panic, participation economies, malignant narcissism, myopic absorption of knowledge, group pressures and the warping of human time into that of exo-time.
The exhibition “Time Bomb…” aims to address some of the challenges for contemporary artists today to create resonant narratives in an age of extreme superficiality and aggravated self reference. It also takes a look at the emergence of exo-time in visual culture, where production of images can in no way be consumed in any meaningful way by means of its own delivery systems.
Exo-time emerges then, the exhibition argues, as a disconnect between the maker and that which is made. If there is little or no equipment for a participant in visual culture to even absorb what is produced, such as the vast quantities of content from social media or A.I. generated material, might then the content itself become a victim of its own evacuation of meaning? How many images of bowls of pasta on Instagram does it take before we no longer need to view them? Statistics reveal that 1,3 Trillion images were uploaded online in 2018 alone.
Or can we imagine a new production of culture where humans are only one part of a greater whole and where other “participants’ such as Big Data, A.I. mapping, group generated content also warrant valid authorship? If so, what languages and what imagery might this new form of looking produce? Are we facing now the impetuous emojification of visual culture?
“Time Bomb…” aims to display the current zeitgeist in art making and why the act of painting, drawing and sculpture has now almost become an act of defiance in an attempt to slow down time. Soundbites such as ‘fake news’ and ‘new sincerity’ co-mingle in this new landscape of artistic production where artists are increasingly seeking ‘authenticity’ but where such processes are being drained of resources in the service of the ever faster demands of cultural consumption.
The exhibition is curated by Bjorn Stern, a London based art historian, critical theorist and independent art advisor. His previous exhibitions include, “La Bella Figura”, which addressed the challenges of creative production during the First Italian Republic in painting, installation and filmmaking, which focused on the post-war cohabitation of political and societal chaos and creative genius.
Earlier curated shows by Bjorn Stern have addressed the history of Street Art, its’ anti-intellectual origins and its gradual transcendence into the general art world, as well as the acclaimed “In-Significant’s” exhibition that took place in Malmoe, Sweden in 1998, which accurately predicted the emergence of what was to be coined ‘post-internet art’ a decade later.
Erin M Riley
Posted on november 13, 2018
Stefan Otto – Layers of Pink
Wadström Tönnheim Gallery
181117 – 181215
Det är måleri men ändå inte – Stefan Ottos fotografier sammanför en mångbottnad process till en och samma bild. Ett fotografi projiceras på en duk, sedan målas en ny bild på en plexiglasskiva placerad framför. I mötet med färgen framträder delar av det projicerade fotografiet men också spår av en alltmer abstrakt målerisk gest. När bilden sedan är klar låter Stefan Otto fotografera av den. Arbetsprocessen blir en metafor för de skikt och lager som skapas när vi försöker fånga en förgänglig känsla eller förnimmelse.
I utställningen Layers of Pink vänder Stefan Otto sina tidigare undersökningar kring historia, minne och representation inåt mot det egna jaget genom ett mer symbolladdat bildspråk. Ett försök att bena upp människans väsen lager för lager. I objekten märks en uppgivenhet inför den befästa rollen som man – könet. Vad ser vi i spegeln? Jaget frågar sig om det finns en skuld att betala.
I de näst intill emblematiska målningarna och i utställningens övriga verk tycks det pågå en balansakt mellan det privata och det politiska. Ett laddat vågspel i ingemanslandet däremellan.
Stefan Otto, född 1969, bor och arbetar i Stockholm där han också gick ut Kungliga Konsthögskolan 2001. Han har haft flera utställningar både i Sverige och internationellt samt deltagit i flera grupputställningar. Han har gjort ett antal uppmärksammade offentliga uppdrag och han finns representerad i ett flertal konstsamlingar, bland annat på Malmö Konstmuseum, Sørlandets Kunstmuseum i Norge och Statens Konstråd.
Vernissage är lördag 17 november kl. 12–16. Utställningen ”Layers of pink” pågår t o m den 15 december, Båstadsgatan 4 i Malmö. För mer information och pressbilder kontakta gallerist: Mattias Tönnheim 0704-41 19 14 alt. email@example.com
Posted on november 5, 2018
Wadström Tönnheim Gallery proudly presents “From Sweden with Love”, a group exhibition with emerging and established artists from Sweden. Welcome to the opening on Saturday 3th of November at 19.00-22.00 pm. The exhibition will go on until 12th of January.
RICHARD G CARLSSON
– This is an excellent opportunity for everyone in Marbella and Andalusia that as an interest in contemporary art to discover impressive Swedish art. And as a Swede with a relatively newly established gallery in Marbella I’m really pleased to present this eminent group exhibition with skillful Swedish artists, which of many the gallery have worked with for several years. Says Mattias Tönnheim, owner and director of Wadström Tönnheim Gallery.
Address and opening hours: Poligono Nueva Campana, Local 37B, Nueva Andalucia (Marbella). Open Wednesdays to Saturdays 14.00-18.30, or by appointment.
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. The Gallery is owned and operated by Lisa Wadström and Mattias Tönnheim. www.wadstromtonnheim.se
Posted on oktober 17, 2018
Daniel Fleur – 8,192 Different Levels of Pressure Sensivity
Wadström Tönnheim Gallery
181020 – 181110
Lines move through Daniel Fleur’s paintings as short melodies, striving to reveal what they began to describe the contours of. Color backlit by the canvas becomes the keynote which the melodies allows to play along with. Time and place appear, as well as parts of something recognizable. The formation of these moments could be temporary, but not their presence. Lines and color behave as when one tries to remember a dream just after waking, in a position between prominence and disappearance.
In the exhibition 8,192 Different Levels of Pressure Sensivity, Daniel Fleur presents new oil paintings. They has its starting point in the meeting between a material painting and an immaterial digital painting. Fleur’s artistry is based on an interest in painting both as a method and theme. In his work, he allows both his own usage of digital images and the society way of communicate to be transformed into an input where the substance of the digital image and its relation to painting are examined. There is a confrontation or a meeting between coded and programmed information and the haptic qualities of painting, which in turn affect the image. For the artist, it is about how translation of information and compression creates deviations. The goal seems first and foremost to surprise himself rather than to confirm a certain painting tradition.
Daniel Fleur (born 1992) lives and works in Malmö. He took his master’s degree at Malmö Academy of Art in 2018. Daniel has already had several aknowledged exhibitions, for example at Thomas Wallner in Simrishamn, Wadström Tönnheim Gallery in Skanör, and at the Malmö Art Museum, as well as an upcoming solo exhibition at Galleri Kant in Copenhagen, which opens on October 27th. This is Daniel’s second solo exhibition at Wadström Tönnheim Gallery in Sweden, and Daniel will also be participating in a larger group show with Swedish artists who will open at Wadström Tönnheim Gallery in Spain later in October.
The opening is on Saturday the 20th of October between 12-16 pm. The exhibition ”8,192 Different Levels of Pressure Sensivity” will go on until the 10th of November at Båstadsgatan 4 in Malmö.