The First Art Newspaper on the Net Established in 1996 United States Wednesday, July 23, 2014


First Solo Exhibition by the Frankfurt Based Artist Flo Maak at Bielefelder Kunstverein
Flo Maak, Shelter 4, 2009. Pigmenttinte auf Fotopapier.
BIELEFELD.- The Bielefelder Kunstverein is the first institution to mount a solo exhibition by the Frankfurt based artist, Flo Maak (born in Fulda in 1980). In his photographs, photo-collages, objects, and his video and sound works, he investigates the conditions of situation, image and exhibition. To this end, the artist resorts to found image motifs as well as to those he stages himself.

This artist’s works are predominantly photographic and result from engaging intensively with the relationship of private and public spaces. This becomes obvious through earlier groups of works, which focus on image motifs like public conveniences, pedestrian underpasses, interiors, utilitarian objects and plants. In the process, this photographer with his keen eye for situations plays a decisive role, as does, however, the principle of chance. And for a good while now, Flo Maak has been equally working with collage as a creative vehicle: he combines and arranges his own and found image motifs, plays with the size-relations, and constructs his own scenarios. These in turn serve as the pictorial background for collages or translate collages into spatial structures. In the sense of extended photography, alongside and in conjunction with photographs independent objects and vehicles for images arise, which the artist often brings together into narrative spatial constructs. The atmosphere surrounding his work is permeated by its particular underlying melancholic mood, which can be read both pictorially and formally.

In this sense, the exhibition, »Nichts tun wie ein Biest« [Doing Nothing, like a Beast] does not frame itself so much as a collection of individual exhibits, but rather more as a dialogue of photographs, photo-collages, objects and one sound piece. What puts a bracket around its content is the complex relationship between humans and animals. In shaping this, the artist has quite consciously picked out individual aspects like the question about the division between humans and animals, like spectators’ pleasure as staged in concrete locations, or the analysis of structured environments, such as, for instance, nests, caves, refuges, houses, apartments etc.

In his current images, photographic portraits of wild animals dominate and conform to the usual depictions of animals only partially. His pictorial translating of animals in zoos or wildlife parks ranges from documentary snapshots to the digitally-manipulated group of works entitled »shelter« (2009), where animal photos are combined with interior environments. Spatially, the exhibition’s structure derives from three coloured objects featuring steps and stages. Visitor’s use them and so become part of the staging. The exhibition is a game with a staged voyeurism, which governs media and event culture and, with that, our everyday life.

He studied art history, philosophy and sociology at the Johann Wolfgang Goethe University, Frankfurt am Main, as well as fine arts with Prof. Wolfgang Tillmans (until 2006) and with Prof. Willem de Rooij at the State Academy of Fine Arts, Städelschule, Frankfurt am Main and at Cooper Union, New York (USA). His artwork already received backing from a number of scholarships and prizes. In Germany, Maak has exhibited most recently with JET Berlin (2006), among other venues, and in the context of group exhibitions like the »Frankfurter Positionen« (Frankfurt Positions) in the Museum für Moderne Kunst (Museum of Modern Art), Frankfurt am Main (2007), and with the group, »Free Class Frankfurt/M.« at the Frankfurter Kunstverein (2008).



Today's News

September 8, 2009

Konrad Rufus Müller's The Chancellors: From Adenauer to Merkel on View at C/O Berlin

A Celebration of the Skill, Beauty and Importance of Art from the Islamic and Indian Worlds

Simon Gudgeon Installs First Sculpture at Hyde Park in Fifty Years

Sotheby's Italy to Offer the Exquisite Collection of One of the Greatest Florentine Antique Dealers

De Pont Museum of Contemporary Art to Present Sculptures by Peer Veneman

Preview Berlin: The Emerging Art Fair Promises to Be, for the Fifth Time, a Place for Discoveries

Tel Aviv Museum of Art Shows a Portfolio of 10 Pochoirs by Man Ray

Winning Teams of Artists and Curators of the Abraaj Capital Art Prize 2010 Announced

Galerie Popoff: An Enduring Passion for Russian Art to be Offered at Christie's in October

Italian Artist Micol Assael Holds Her First Solo Show at Vienna's Secession

First Solo Exhibition by the Frankfurt Based Artist Flo Maak at Bielefelder Kunstverein

Emerging Art in Europe... A Preview of the JCE 2009-2011 Biennial First Stop: Montrouge

Amy Stein's Photographic Series, "Domesticated", will be Her First Show at ClampArt

Joachim Brohm and Heribert Ottersbach Collaborate on Culatra/Areal Project

Contemporary Jewish Museum is Where the Wild Things are With There's a Mystery There: Sendak on Sendak

Exhibition of Photographs at Yours Gallery in Poland Focuses on Gamers

Three Major New Works by Artists Anonymous to Debut at Riflemaker

Greatest Zapoteca Ballgame Court in Atzompa Restored

13th Annual Sculpture by the Sea Announced: The Spectacular Bondi to Tamarama Coastal Walk

Art Verona: Fifth Fair of Modern and Contemporary Art Promises New Cultural Proposals

Most Popular Last Seven Days



1.- Archaeologists discover Roman 'free choice' cemetery in the 2,700-year-old ancient port of Rome

2.- Romanians must pay 18 million euros over Kunsthal Museum Rotterdam art heist

3.- Hello Kitty designer Yuko Yamaguchi defends cute character as cat turns 40 years old

4.- eBay and Sotheby's partner to bring world class art and collectibles to a global community

5.- Exhibition on Screen returns with new series of films bringing great art to big screens across the globe

6.- Marina Abramović reaches half way point of her '512 Hours' performance at the Serpentine Gallery

7.- The Phillips Collection in Washington introduces a uCurate app for curating on-the-go

8.- United States comic icon Archie Andrews dies saving openly gay character

9.- New feathered predatory fossil, unearthed in China, sheds light on dinosaur flight

10.- Exhibition at Thyssen Bornemisza Museum presents an analysis of the concept of the 'unfinished'



Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .

 

Founder:
Ignacio Villarreal
Editor & Publisher: Jose Villarreal - Consultant: Ignacio Villarreal Jr.
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Rmz. - Marketing: Carla Gutiérrez
Special Contributor: Liz Gangemi - Special Advisor: Carlos Amador
Contributing Editor: Carolina Farias

Royalville Communications, Inc
produces:

ignaciovillarreal.org theavemaria.org juncodelavega.org facundocabral-elfinal.org
Founder's Site. The most varied versions
of this beautiful prayer.
Hommage
to a Mexican poet.
Hommage
       

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site