Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Delmes & Zander I Cologne presents KARL HANS JANKE

KARL HANS JANKE, Spielen Sonnen-Systeme Handball und Fußball?, mixed media on paper, 1959, Courtesy Delmes & Zander

 
 Delmes & Zander I Cologne presents

Karl Hans Janke

April 26 – June 17, 2017
Opening: Thursday, 26.04., 6–9 pm

By the time Karl Hans Janke died in 1988, he had produced hundreds of drawings and models of countless technical inventions, including highly detailed sketches of his visions of intergalactic travel and fantastic flying machines. In his own words, his inventions and ideas, which he had worked on continuously since 1948, were created ultimately "for the benefit of humanity and aimed toward propagating peace.” With his invention of the "German atom" and "space electricity" he was convinced that all of mankind's energy problems could be solved. In addition, Janke developed his own cosmology of the genesis of the earth, of life and of space , illustrated by his many drawings and described in-depth at lectures.

Karl Hans Janke made his designs in the seclusion of the Hubertusburg Psychiatric Hospital near Leipzig in the former German Democratic Republic, where he remained 39 years until his death. The hospital staff recognised the passion of the technically talented Janke for drawing and provided him with an office of his own. From here he drew and tinkered, gave lectures and corresponded with companies and public institutions. Janke saw himself as an inventor, an engineer, an artist and an original genius.
Karl Hans Janke was born in 1909 in the city of Kolberg in German Pomerania, where he grew up an only child into a middle-class family. After graduating from high school Janke enrolled at the University of Greifswald in 1932, where he began to study dentistry. He would eventually abandon his studies. In May 1940 he was drafted into the German army but was hospitalized after a series of breakdowns, and in 1943 he was finally discharged from military service on medical grounds.

Karl Hans Janke's works were to be rediscovered only in 2000, long after the iron curtain had come down. The imaginative legacy and originality of his visionary designs were finally recognized and acknowledged after his death. Karl Hans Janke was included in the 2003 Göteborg Biennial by artist Carsten Nicolai. 2013 he was shown at the Hayward Gallery in London. His works were last exhibited in 2014 in “Planning the Future”, the inaugural show at Delmes & Zander I Berlin.


Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Delmes & Zander at INDEPENDENT, BRUSSELS 2017

WESLEY WILLIS, CITY OF MANY DREAMS, 1991, mixed media on cardboard, 74 x 104cm, Courtesy Delmes & Zander

WESLEY WILLIS
ROCK'N'ROLL SUPERHIGHWAY

at Independent Brussels, April 19-23, 2017

At this year's edition of Independent Brussels, Delmes & Zander will present selected works by Wesley Willis (1963-2003) from the mid-80s in an exhibition entitled Rock'N'Roll Superhighway after Willis' song of the same name. The show's underlying theme of music was also at the heart of Disko Girls (Anonymous), the gallery's presentation at Independent New York earlier in the year.

For the two decades prior to his death, American artist and cult rock-star icon Wesley Willis rendered Chicago's Dan Ryan Expressway and geometric skyline with lines drawn in ballpoint pen and felt-tip marker. Willis was a distinct presence within the Chicago music scene; well known to an alternative public for the energetic melodies from his Technics keyboard and his surreal lyrics that explore themes of his daily life, such as fast-food, bus lines, cultural trends and violent confrontations with super heroes. Amongst his biggest fans and advocates are Jello Biafra of the Dead Kennedys, Die Goldene Zitronen, Urge Overkill and Foo Fighters, for many of which he also played as an opener. His music and drawings go hand-in-hand. They are intertwined and inseparable: "music is the willpower to my artwork", he sings in DJ Quik.

Willis' distinctive and complex works utilise drafting techniques learnt during his years sitting in on drawing classes at the Illinois Institute of Technology. With cars and buses in side and isometric views, his often soft coloured drawings explore the congested Freeway that connects Chicago's South Side with the city's Downtown. Artist Johannes Wohnseifer once wrote of Wesley Willis: "I would like to see Willis' work on paper in an exhibition with drawings by David Hockney, Ellsworth Kelly, Ed Ruscha and H.C. Westermann. It would be obvious to all that his works are on par with theirs".

Willis died at age 40 in Skokie, Illinois.

Delmes & Zander first showed Willis' work in Germany in 2013 and has presented works by the artist ever since. The exhibition Rock'N'Roll Superhighway at Independent Brussels will be accompanied by a new publication on Willis by Benjamin Sommerhalder's Zurich-based publishing house, Nieves.

www.independenthq.com

Friday, 24 March 2017

"The Wesley Willis Experience" A Documentary by Darren Leis & Matt Marshall



"The Wesley Willis Experience" -
A Documentary by Darren Leis & Matt Marshall

"This documentary was shot over a few year period in the late 1990's and completed in 2001. Darren Leis and Matt Marshall toured around California and the Northwest with Wesley and some fellow musicians. This documentary short was made as a teaser to what would be a full length documentary. That larger project was shelved and unfortunately Wesley Willis died in 2003. There are many other projects out there that honor Wesley as this one does. If it interested you, I encourage you to seek out and enjoy more of the world of Welsey Willis. (...)"

Shot, Produced & Directed by Darren Leis and Matt Marshall (C) 2001 Six-Count Productions and Leiso Productions
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pkurUF1nuq0

Friday, 3 March 2017

REVIEW Brian Boucher for ARTNET about our DISKO GIRLS (ANONYMOUS)

DISKO GIRLS (ANONYMOUS), untitled, crayon on paper, 1970s, Courtesy Delmes & Zander, Cologne + Berlin

"In a Charged Moment, the Independent Art Fair Keeps It Cool"

Brian Boucher about the Independent Art Fair and our DISKO GIRLS (ANONYMOUS) on ARTNET

(...) “We saved this work to show it here, even though the seller brought it to us last year,” Susanne Zander told me, saying that the fair’s brainy audience is the perfect fit for these sexy, colorful drawings by an anonymous artist known only as Disko Girls. Their discoverer came upon them in an attic in the ’90s in Germany and held onto them until now. Priced at $1,260 each, the drawings typically focus on one or two female figures, often nude, in poses that suggest magazine spreads, sometimes tending to fashion, sometimes to the more prurient variety. The drawings offer at once the shock that so much Outsider art contains—of a previously inaccessible worldview—and another instance of the discoveries that Independent is known for."
Read the complete article here.

https://news.artnet.com/
http://independenthq.com/2017/

Thursday, 2 March 2017

Sneak Peak - Delmes & Zander at INDEPENDENT NY 2017


DISKO GIRLS (ANONYMOUS), untitled, 1970s, crayon on paper, Installation at INDEPENDENT NY 2017, Courtesy Delmes & Zander

Sneak Peak - Delmes & Zander featuring Disko Girls (Anonymous)
at INDEPENDENT, NY 2017
March 2-5, 2017

We look forward to your visit!
http://independenthq.com/2017/

Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Delmes & Zander at INDEPENDENT NY, 2017

DISKO GIRLS (Anonymous), untitled, 1970s-80s, crayon on paper, Courtesy Delmes & Zander

Delmes & Zander presents
DISKO GIRLS (Anonymous)
at INDEPENDENT, NY 2-5 March 2017
 

At this year's edition of the Independent New York, Delmes & Zander will present Disko Girls, an anonymous portfolio comprising 50 erotic drawings, all of which completed on DIN A4 format sheets of paper (8,3 x 11,7 in) with crayon and pencil. Despite thorough research it has not been possible to identify the artist behind these drawings, found in Germany in the late 1990's. It is assumed that the portfolio represents only a mere fraction of a complete oeuvre dedicated to a self-same theme pursued over a longer period of time. The name Disko Girls has been attributed to the work out of respect for the unnamed and unknown author. Delmes & Zander will show these works in the unquestionable belief that the intrinsic artistic process, the unique quality and the distinctive signature of the works clearly define and validate them in their artistic value.

The work can be dated back to the 1970s/ 1980s and clearly resorts to both the aesthetics and the iconography of a pop cultural language rooted in its time. Music plays a crucial role as does the aura of the female pop star with her microphone as seen on television (the most popular German music television series was the ZDF-Hitparade depicted in the drawings) or in a magazine, or the pop fan illustrated in her bedroom, listening to her favorite songs on her tape recorder or flicking through her vinyl record collection, by the imagination of her creator. In a curious psychedelic visual realm fuelled by naive fandom and populated by sexy girls, the pastel worlds of Disko Girls (Anonymous) epitomize desire, glamour and candy-colored fantasies at times reminiscent of the work of Aurie Ramirez. Disko Girls (Anonymous)has recently been included into the gallery’s program and will be introduced for the very first time to the public here at the Independent in New York.

Delmes & Zander will show at the Independent Brussels in April (19.-23.) featuring works by keyboard rock star icon Wesley Willis in an exhibition entitled Rock'N'Roll Superhighway picking up once again on the theme of music at the heart of Disko Girls (Anonymous) the gallery's presentation at the Independent New York earlier in the year.

We look forward to your visit on 5th Floor!
www.independenthq.com

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

"HIPKISS: YES, BUT NO." Opening on Friday! Delmes & Zander I Berlin

HIPKISS, Yes But No But, 2014, mixed media on paper, 59 x 118cm

Delmes & Zander I Berlin presents

Hipkiss:Yes, but No.

February 17 – April 15, 2017
Opening: Friday, 17.2., 6–9 pm

In the exhibition Hipkiss: Yes, but No. Delmes and Zander is showing for the first time at the Berlin space a selection of works by the British artist duo Hipkiss including five pieces from their most recent series, “The Towers.”

Initiated in early 2015, „The Towers” is a series of graphite drawings on long sheets of paper (approx. 40 x 225 cm) in which the look of the Hipkiss-landscape is taken yet another step further by way of newly explored dynamic processes in creation. The drawings reveal a more abstract yet concentrated visual language in which details are distilled without the distraction of a more complicated, continuous backdrop. By organically working their way from the axis within the circular limits, the magically vertiginous effect of the drawings is accentuated. As is emblematic of Hipkiss, the works feature human-made structures placed against - or within - natural landscapes, intricately intertwined and almost hybrid, whilst at the same time curiously out of place. “The Towers”-landscapes work at both close range and from a distance, individually and collectively as a whole.
They have become Hipkiss' primary ongoing project since and mark a more mature phase in their artistic development, where the alter egos used by Hipkiss in the past have naturally shifted from the glammed-up, youthful figures to more abstract and natural forms.

Hipkiss have also pointed to the overt political meaning of their most recent work: “Reflecting a year - 2016 - in which it could be said that masculine forces have enjoyed a resurgence of power in the Western world, the many feminine symbols to be found in the drawings coalesce, in our minds, to combat the attempted coup; it is a paean to solidarity and righteous rage.”

Alongside “The Towers”, the exhibition will show a selection of smaller works on paper and the seminal “L.I.E.” - series (an acronym for "London In Europe") in which Hipkiss dissect the ambiguity of the British identity within Europe – a prophetical series in view of recent developments in the U.K. and the Brexit debate.

Hipkiss are Chris and Alpha Mason (both *1964). They have steadily worked as equal partners on inventing and reinventing their symbolic language together since 1983, with each of their strands of creativity – Alpha in writing and Chris in drawing – culminating in a singular and distinctive visual style. The landscapes they envision abound in intricate details and equivocal organic forms which, in the artists' words, unfold as if by happenstance in a collaborative creative process continuously shaped by an ongoing exchange of ideas and techniques. Wordplay is also recurrent in the work of Hipkiss and an essential formal element in their narrative mode. For many years, Hipkiss have refined their use and understanding of graphite (and graphite over silver ink) on paper as their primary media, but have occasionally also included other materials - such as the metal leaf and tape seen in “The Towers”. The result is an impressive oeuvre that is both meaningful and strikingly beautiful.

The work of Hipkiss can be found in the following collections: the John Michael Kohler Arts Center (US-WI), Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen (Netherlands), The Whitworth (UK), FRAC Picardie (France), the American Folk Art Museum (US-NY); and in the private collections of Cindy Sherman, Antoine de Galbert and Arnulf Rainer. Hipkiss has featured in solo shows at Intuit, John Michael Kohler Arts Center, group shows at the Tate Britain, Whitechapel, the Irish Museum of Modern Art, La Maison Rouge, The Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art and David Zwirner, and international art fairs, including Art Basel, Frieze London, Art Forum Berlin and Open Space (solo booth) at Art Cologne.

www.delmes-zander.de