Samuel Blaser, Christian Denzler, Radenko Milak, Kotscha Reist: ‹(Hi)Stories›

12.9-18.10.2014

 

(Hi)Stories is an exciting group exhibition that combines four different artistic positions dedicated to figurative art. Also, the artists’ most recent works analyse individual myths by putting them in a universal context. The resulting stories are open-ended and told in various media: paintings, drawings, objects and texts.

Samuel Blaser’s oeuvre can be divided into four main groups: There are his portraits, which are of particular importance, then his symbolically charged miniatures, his depictions of absurd situations of human existence, and his metaphoric as well as quite concrete landscapes. His works oscillate between seriousness and humour, sadness and carefree joyfulness. Whatever their moods, however, they are always painterly in technique – sometimes simplified, sometimes rather complex in composition.

Christian Denzler’s works have never been seen in the gallery before. (Hi)Stories is an opportunity to welcome and introduce our new gallery artist. He presents a small part of his extensive work, which is characterised by an equal treatment of drawing and painting. Denzler celebrates this artistic point of view in several different techniques, text being one of them, and here, for the first time, shown in the form of sculptures.

Radenko Milak’s works demonstrate clear contrasts of light and dark. He combines personal experiences and historical snapshots into new compositions – composition, however, that hide little traps to trip you up. His drawings consist of layers of black water colour, created by means of a special flow technique and a particular handling of the brush.

Kotscha Reist’s paintings are based on photographs he transfers onto canvas or paper in a process of free interpretation. More often than not these references are taken from newspapers and magazines, although he does use his own or found photographs. What we see is a cosmos of past and present, unfolding before our eyes in forms that are sometimes faint and shadowy, sometimes impressive and strong. Landscapes and interiors coexist happily with figurative works and still lifes.


Bernhard Bischoff, August 2014

Samuel Blaser, «Agnus», 2013, Öl auf Leinwand, 22 x 34 cm
Samuel Blaser, «Agnus», 2013, Öl auf Leinwand, 22 x 34 cm
Samuel Blaser, «Der Kuss», 2014, Öl auf Leinwand, 40 x 30 cm
Samuel Blaser, «Der Kuss», 2014, Öl auf Leinwand, 40 x 30 cm
Samuel Blaser, «Frau an Theke», 2014, Öl auf Leinwand, 20 x 20 cm
Samuel Blaser, «Frau an Theke», 2014, Öl auf Leinwand, 20 x 20 cm
Samuel Blaser, «Golf», 2014, Öl auf Leinwand, 50 x 40 cm
Samuel Blaser, «Golf», 2014, Öl auf Leinwand, 50 x 40 cm
Samuel Blaser, «Liegende», 2014, Öl auf Leinwand, 22 x 50 cm
Samuel Blaser, «Liegende», 2014, Öl auf Leinwand, 22 x 50 cm
Samuel Blaser, «Mann im Winter», 2014, Öl auf Leinwand, 75 x 75 cm
Samuel Blaser, «Mann im Winter», 2014, Öl auf Leinwand, 75 x 75 cm
Samuel Blaser, »Ratlos», 2013/2014, Öl auf Holz, 36 x 46 cm
Samuel Blaser, »Ratlos», 2013/2014, Öl auf Holz, 36 x 46 cm
Christian Denzler, ohne Titel, 2014, Bleistift auf Papier, 120 x 90 cm
Christian Denzler, ohne Titel, 2014, Bleistift auf Papier, 120 x 90 cm
Radenka Milak, «Prima della Rivoluzione», 2014, Aquarell auf Arches 300 g, 36 x 48 cm
Radenka Milak, «Prima della Rivoluzione», 2014, Aquarell auf Arches 300 g, 36 x 48 cm
Radenko Milak, ohne Titel, 2014, Aquarell auf Arches 300 g, 36 x 48 cm
Radenko Milak, ohne Titel, 2014, Aquarell auf Arches 300 g, 36 x 48 cm
 
 


Archiv Bern/PROGR:
Peter Soriano Snowmelt 2019
Elsbeth Böniger - Prozesse 2004-2019
Filip Haag - Malerei und Zeichnung 2019
Pascal Danz - Works on Paper 2019
Bodo Korsig - Escape from Memory 2019
Kotscha Reist - Comptoire de Mystic 2019
Martin Kasper
Reto Camenisch 2018
Christian Denzler 2018
Martin Kasper - Im Wechsel 2018
Matchpoint 2018
Andrea Heller / Dominik Stauch 2018
Porter à l'envers 2018
Alfred Hofkunst 2018
Silvia Gertsch - Captured 2018
Winter Story 2017
Böniger / Indermühle 2017
Sereina Steinemann 2017
Xerxes Ach - inside outside 2017
Christian Indermühle - Glarea 2017
Peter Wüthrich 2017
Samuel Blaser - Skip the Pit Stop 2017
Filip Haag - Ins Auge 2017
Kotscha Reist - Painting As Usual 2017
Pascal Danz - Vor der Reise 2016
Laurent Schmid 2016
Freyschmidt/Merkisch/à Wengen 2016
Aquaréelles 2016
Com&Com - New works 2016
Reto Leibundgut - Clementine 2016
Erich Weiss feat. Otto Tschumi 2016
ABOUT PAINTING - PART II 2016
Dominik Stauch 2015
Christian Denzler - Neue Arbeiten 2015
Bodo Korsig - No regrets 2015
Filip Haag - Abrakadie & mehr 2015
Kotscha Reist 2015
Samuel Blaser 2015
Pascal Danz 2015
Elsbeth Böniger - Structures 2015
Catching Moments 2014
Now and Here 2014
(Hi)stories 2014
Summerproject 14
Com&Com - Sky 2014
Katia Bourdarel 2014
Otto Tschumi - Variationen 2014
Lorenz Spring - Spring im Winter 2014
En-lighted 2013
Reto Leibundgut 2013
Patterns 2013
Filip Haag - Oder nach Absprache 2013
Mit dem Körper sehen 2013
Samuel Blaser - Diptycha 2013
Originally Bern 2013
Zwischenspiel: PROGR In-House 2013
Kotscha Reist - Old Ideas 2013
Pascal Danz 2013
Dominik Stauch - Rhinestones 2012
Tiefen Wirkungen 2012
Summerproject 2012
On paper 2012
Com&Com - Clouds 2012
Arno Nollen 2012
Locking glass 2012
Raffaela Chiara - Transformer Kit 2012
X Years 2011
Dominik Stauch - Breathless 2011
Marius Lüscher 2011
Reto Leibundgut - Flora 2011
Kotscha Reist - Painting Life 2011
Microcosmes 2011
Elsbeth Böniger 2011
Laurent Schmid - Rope Tricks 2010
Reto Camenisch 2010
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