rosenfeld online viewing room

rosenfeld is pleased to present our second online viewing room. the exclusive online exhibition presents a selection of works by artists: levi van veluw, roberto almagno, enrique brinkmann, leonardo drew, marianna gioka, herbert golser, sebastián gordín and cesare lucchini.

  • levi van veluw

  • Levi van Veluw (b. 1985, Hoevelaken, Netherlands) lives and works in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

    The beauty of churches and the works which inhabit them has held a continual fascination for Levi van Veluw and caused the impellent need to make a consistent body of works which explored ideas of belief. Van Veluw has garnished an enviable reputation through his ground-breaking installations, videos, sculptures, drawings and paintings.  The beauty of his line and the narrative originality of the strange world he depicts adds a further dimension to his already complex universe. Each individual work is multi-faceted and perfectly echoes the complexity found in the great religious works which adorn so many of the churches in Europe. Van Veluw asserts that this richness is fundamental as people need the work to mirror the complexity behind the need to believe. Artefacts can make that belief ‘real’ and tangible. Moreover, in creating these artworks the artist assumes the mantle of ‘shaman or god-like creator. The idea of alternative or parallel universes is a thematic thread throughout his various projects, although now it is enriched by the ideas involving ‘belief’, beauty and creation.

    • Levi van Veluw, Covered altar, 2020

      Levi van Veluw

      Covered altar, 2020 acrylic on hahnemuhle paper
      92.5x65cm
    • Levi van Veluw, Circular persuasion, 2020

      Levi van Veluw

      Circular persuasion, 2020 clay
      130cm diameter
    • Levi van Veluw, Wedged sphere, 2020

      Levi van Veluw

      Wedged sphere, 2020 acrylic on hahnemuhle paper
      92.5x65cm
  • roberto almagno

  • Roberto Almagno (b.1954, Aquino, Italy) currently lives and works in Rome, Italy.

    Roberto Almagno sculpts exclusively with wood, which he collects in the forests outside his native city of Rome. Painstakingly straightening the wood over a lengthy period of time, he then uses the ancient technique of moisture and heat to bend the wood into elegiac and timeless shapes in a constant quest for formal perfection and suspension in space. The fragility of the material and its transformative powers are evoked by Almagno’s elongated and abstract forms which seem to be attempting to dissolve into nothingness. Steeped with a timeless purity, his work echoes a lifelong investigation into the idea of lightness and on the formal limits of a seemingly gravity-defying balance.

  • enrique brinkmann

  • Enrique Brinkmann (b.1938, Malaga, spain) lives and works between Malaga and Madrid.

    Since the end of the last century, Enrique Brinkmann’s paintings have always been concerned with a declared or suggested geometrical structure; an unequivocal sense of order allied to a rationalisation of space, which is then disrupted with his supremely painterly or graphic interventions. brinkmann’s artistic longevity enables him to stand as a potent symbol of the cathartic effect that the death of Franco caused to both Spanish art but also society as a whole. Brinkmann could finally abandon the figure in favour of abstraction, which led to a fascination with Japanese minimalism and most recently to an interest in ancient artefacts containing the earliest testimonies of written language.

  • leonardo drew

  • Leonardo Drew (b.1961, Tallahassee, USA) works and lives in New York, USA.

    The practice of American artist Leonardo Drew, known for his evocative abstract sculptures assembled from diverse materials including cotton, rust, wood, paper and found objects, is concerned with the rebirth of organic materials. Having found his raw materials, Drew takes them back to the studio and gives them due burial before transforming them into a new life as integral parts of his sculptural creations. The organic nature of his practice, with the use of discarded materials, tells us something very important about the waste inherent in our industrial society at the same time as it draws our attention to the endless capacities of our natural world for regeneration.

  • marianna gioka

  • Marianna Gioka (b.1980, Greece) lives and works in Athens, Greece.

    Marianna Gioka’s works have, from very early days, been distinguished by an extraordinary sensitivity to her materials. Her wide variety of mark making has a balance and harmony whichever gesture she calls upon. Initially, her interest in landscape used an idea of architecture to provide the structure; an earlier series was inspired by Italo Calvino’s ‘Invisible Cities’ while other pictures include tiny landscapes, which call to mind Vermeer’s ‘View of Delft’. Gradually however, her paintings have acquired greater freedom and her marks have become even more diversified: The gestures now floating in space. For her most recent canvases, Gioka begins by painting an abstract background, which resembles a sky scene; after this, She begins the lengthy and extensive process of mark- making using a bewildering variety of pens and nibs and gradually and very organically the structure of the work is formed.

  • herbert golser

  • Herbert Golser (b. 1960, austria) currently lives and works in Klein-Pöchlarn, lower Austria.

    Herbert golser works almost exclusively with wood and marble reducing his chosen material to a maximum level of fragility and malleability. he transposes the wood into extraordinary organic sculptures, which appear both completely new yet recognizable from an ancient past. the artist’s white Arabic marble columns have enabled him to push his practice into a new direction whilst at the same time maintain the same concerns which have made his sculptures in wood so renowned: The ability to stretch the supposed limits of a material into realms which have never been encountered before. The contemporary art world tends to be obsessed with concepts and narratives. This places Herbert Golser in an interesting position: His sculptures do not possess any overt messages, but rather he creates extraordinarily beautiful pieces directly out of nature’s purest material, revealing both the power of the artist to enrich our lives but also, more importantly, he opens our eyes and directs our senses towards what lies inside our natural world; surely there are few more noble 'concepts' than this.

  • sebastián gordín

  • Sebastián Gordín (b. 1969, Buenos Aires, Argentina) lives and works in Buenos Aires, Argentina. 

     

    Sebastián Gordín's early works contain an ability to look at the world with the wonder of a child. His constructions transmit pure visual pleasure through their endless playfulness and originality. An admirer of the great comic French film-maker Jacques Tati, Gordín engages with the concept that comedy can take shape from any kind of observation. Inevitably, as both his artistic vision and his technique have developed, the wonder has remained as has his lightness of touch, yet it has progressively outgrown that of the child and become a profound meditation on man and his environment. scenes from a range of subjects varying from imaginary museums, Libraries struck by an unseen calamity, historical tableaux etc, all made in miniature and enclosed within a glass case, ultimately comment on man and his relationship to the world.His most recent vitrines features a surreal landscape where desolate trees and abstract coloured objects co-exist as,all the while, rain is continuously and mesmerisingly falling.

  • cesare lucchini

  • Cesare Lucchini (b. 1941, Bellinzona, Switzerland) lives and works in Lugano, Switzerland.

    Throughout his career, Cesare Lucchini has been concerned with the crucial issues of our time, the inhumanity of man and the plight of the downtrodden. In Lucchini’s paintings, the richness of his palette and the density of his brushstrokes provide a kind of visual forest or landscape out of which, little by little, the figure can be made out; the subject partly emerging from, and partly submerged by abstraction. The paintings do not set out to faithfully record an event but rely, instead, on their poetic and emotionally charged power to communicate,illustrating how a desperate beauty can move as much, if not more, than any factual or purely documentary intent.

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