Wolfgang Ellenrieder in der RH Gallery, New York
»Hunting and Gathering«
18. September—24. Oktober 2012
»Hunting and Gathering«
Wolfgang Ellenrieder and Myeongsoo Kim
Opening Reception: September 18, 6—8pm
RH Gallery is pleased to present Hunting and Gathering, a two-person exhibition featuring the work of New York-based Korean artist Myeongsoo Kim and Munich-based artist Wolfgang Ellenrieder. The exhibition will be on view from September 18th through October 24th, 2012. The title of the exhibition reflects the process ingrained in the practice of both artists, in terms of hunting for images and gathering objects.
The relationship between art-making and hunting attracted Ellenrieder to the subject matter of his current body of work: elevated hunting blinds and foliage found in the countryside surrounding Munich. Hunting requires the shooter to be isolated and silent, while having a keen awareness of all movement in anticipation of prey. The innate hypersensitivity of the hunter attracted Ellenrieder to the subject matter because of its relationship to his own process in making art. Ellenrieder seeks imagery and analyzes its construction and context by gathering detailed information on their structure and perspective. This series began with a woodcut which depicts the surface of wooden fencing used to delineate hunting areas. The woodcut is installed with nails and covers a large surface of the wall so that it becomes a fence itself, rather than a representation of one. The illusion of figurative art, and the production of a fiction that wrestles with truth, lies at the core of Ellenrieder’s practice.
While Ellenrieder creates archives of source materials which do not appear in his final work but are an integral part of his studio practice, Kim integrates collected objects subsumed with personal narratives into installations. He is interested in the construction of memory and narrative through the quotidian objects that surround him and the ways in which they represent identity. These elements are gathered and arranged in wood structures built by the artist. Neither artist ever presents one possibility for reading an image but rather there is within their work the opportunity to understand images and objects from a multitude of perspectives. This concept is reinforced by the repetition of form throughout the exhibition, emphasized by the reflection of Ellenrieder's hunting blinds in Kim's structures.
Wolfgang Ellenrieder held his first solo exhibition in New York at RH Gallery in March, 2011. His work has been featured in gallery and museum exhibitions internationally since 1997. In 2011, Prestel published a monograph on the artist’s work. In 2013, he will be the subject of two museum exhibitions in Germany at Städtische Galerie Wolfsburg and Galerie der HBK Braunschweig as well as at the Museum Van Bommel van Dam in Venlo, Netherlands. Myeongsoo Kim was awarded his MFA from Yale University in 2011 and has been exhibiting his work since 2007 in group exhibitions including Unspecified Urban Site at RH Gallery and Untitles at Newman Popishvili Gallery in New York as well as The Pleasure’s Mine at Bodega in Philadelphia.
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