Exchange xchange of ideas.
Byline: JULIE CHAMBERLAIN
ANEW level of links with a Coventry twin city is being developed through the Dresden Exchange Inaugural Exhibition currently on show in a city centre gallery.
Although there have been other collaborative exhibitions with artists from Dresden in the past, this show has come about after artist and former Coventry University lecturer John Yeadon initiated the Coventry/ Dresden Arts Exchange and held an exhibition with one artist, Jean Kirsten, in the city in 2012.
is current show involves seven artists including Jean, and there are a number of activities being held to get more Coventry artists involved.
e exhibition at the Lanchester Gallery shows a variety of work. Monika Marten's screen prints and collage works tackle head-on the actions which led to the cities being twinned.
Coventry Cathedral shows the silhouette of the old cathedral with dramatic red !ame-like patterns behind it, maybe in!uenced by Piper's painting on the subject, and the two Better is Peace works show other ruins - possibly Dresden? - with !ames and agonised faces protruding from the surface. Matthias Bausch's large mixed media paintings have abstract and recognisable elements, with the word Skip visible on a painting of that name, and Octopus showing a creature with a large, strange face visible through the colours.
Volker Lenkeit's works look to early German history with four small ink prints which go with a large, movable creation of several painted boards which you can twist around to create diY=erent Variations of a Dancing Peasant Couple AD 1514, which is the title of the piece.
Karen Koschnick's Camou!age screenprint on paper has an image of a graveyard overlaid on the camou!age pattern, and her other two paintings show trees in diY=erent aspects.
Kerstin Franke-Gneuss's etching and drypoint works are delicate and look like fronds of plants.
As a contrast, she also has a sculpture called Contact made of acrylic glass sticks hanging from the ceiling, with the pieces all tangled together and glowing in darkness.
Christian Manss's Splash Down is acrylic paint and varnish on pasting tables which have been stuck together to make one large canvas, which looks like an impression of outerspace.
Jean Kirsten's installation "with Platonic crystals and Laban models" builds on his previous exhibition here and is a large geometric sculpture.
It's an interesting exhibition by artists linked, it feels, only by place and an interest in exchange, but with lots of opportunities included for artists from Dresden and Coventry to meet and share ideas.
Christian Manns' s Splash-Down (top) and Kerstin |Franke-Gneuss's Morning (above)
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|Publication:||Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)|
|Date:||Mar 20, 2015|
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